The Cincinnati Bengals will be shorthanded over the next few weeks as running back Joe Mixon recovers from knee surgery. As a result, they have signed former Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls.

The Bengals' backfield has been bitten by the injury bug as of late. They are hoping Rawls can help stabilize this group until Mixon's return, via Geoff Hobson of the team's official website:

In a bizarre series of events Wednesday involving their suddenly decimated running backs room, the Bengals shelved Tra Carson and signed veteran Thomas Rawls.

Rawls got off to a promising start in Seattle, The former undrafted free agent established himself as a potential replacement for running back Marshawn Lynch. Unfortunately, his inability to stay healthy has largely derailed his career. He had signed with the New York Jets at the start of the offseason before he was released prior to the regular season.

Despite his recent struggles, Rawls certainly boasts an impressive resume. He had five 100-yard games with the Seahawks and even managed to post one 200-yard game. He also has playoff experience thanks to his stint in Seattle. That said, he will have an opportunity to serve as the complementary option to running back Giovani Bernard.

Meanwhile, Mixon underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery over the weekend. Although the Bengals have an idea of his timetable, it still remains indefinite at the moment. It will be on Bernard and Rawls to hold down the fort until he is able to make his return.