Marshawn Lynch listed as questionable for opener

Sep 7, 2012, 2:19 PM | Updated: 2:20 pm

By Bill Swartz

It’s looking more likely that running back Marshawn Lynch can play in the Seahawks’ regular-season opener Sunday at Arizona.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters after Friday’s practice that Lynch “did well” in his limited practice time this week. The team officially listed Lynch as questionable on the injury report. Carroll said doctors will continue to evaluate Lynch’s back problems, and the final decision might not be made until close to game time.

Three players are definitely not playing against the Cardinals: receiver Golden Tate (knee), offensive tackle James Carpenter (knee), and defensive end Greg Scruggs (hamstring).

Carroll said backup quarterback Matt Flynn should be fine. Flynn was limited in Thursday’s practice because of soreness in his throwing elbow.

Asked whether he was concerned about his rookies making their first NFL starts, Carroll said, “Of course I am, but I’m concerned about all the guys. If they just do what they’ve been doing in preseason, they’ll be fine.”

Russell Wilson starts at quarterback, Bobby Wagner at middle linebacker, and J.R. Sweezy at right guard. First-round draft pick Bruce Irvin is expected to see lots of playing time in third-down situations.

Wagner will have a green dot on his helmet so he can communicate with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but Carroll said he’s confident that Wagner will be just fine calling the formations during the game.

Carroll announced the captains for the first game as selected by their teammates. Defensive end Red Bryant captains the defense, center Max Unger the offense, fullback Michael Robinson and linebacker Heath Farwell the special teams.

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