RENTON – Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a full participant in Thursday’s practice for the second straight day, joined by almost every other teammate who was either limited or did not take part on Wednesday.
Tight end Luke Willson’s participation, however, went the other direction. He sat out after being limited on Wednesday, which was his first practice since sustaining a concussion on Dec. 27 against St. Louis.
That Willson has yet to make it through the league-mandated concussion testing by Thursday – and, in fact, took a step back in his participation in practice – means his status for Sunday’s wild-card game against Minnesota is very much in question.
Cooper Helfet and Chase Coffman are the other two tight ends on Seattle’s roster. Helfet started Sunday against Arizona while Coffman made his Seahawks debut and caught a touchdown pass.
Willson was the only player who wasn’t a full participant in Thursday’s practice. Even if he can’t play, the Seahawks could be about as healthy on Sunday as they’ve been all season.
Lynch’s full participation in his second straight practice is another indication that he’s on track to play for the first time since Nov. 15, which was 10 days before he had abdominal surgery to repair an issue related to a sports hernia.
Strong safety Kam Chancellor was also a full participant for the second straight practice. He’s missed the last three games and most of a fourth with a bruised tailbone but is expected to be available Sunday along with a number of other players who have been injured of late.
That group includes left tackle Russell Okung (calf), right guard J.R. Sweezy (concussion) and cornerback Jeremy Lane (oblique), who were all full participants on Thursday. So were defensive lineman Michael Bennett (toe) and wide receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett, who didn’t practice Wednesday. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill (toe) was also a full participant after being limited Wednesday.
For Minnesota, running back Adrian Peterson has yet to practice this week, but coach Mike Zimmer said he’ll play. Peterson left Minnesota’s final regular-season game with a lower-back injury before returning.