Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch, Kam Chancellor full participants at Wednesday’s practice
RENTON – All indications are that the Seahawks will have running back Marshawn Lynch for Sunday’s wild-card game against Minnesota.
That seemed probable at the start of the week and even more so on Wednesday as Lynch was listed as a full participant in his first practice since undergoing abdominal surgery in late November.
“He looked good. It’s good to have him back out here,” Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said afterward. “Take it a day at a time, see if he continues to move along through the week. Looking forward to having him.”
Strong safety Kam Chancellor was also a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, an indication that he’s on track to play Sunday after missing the last three games and most of a fourth with a bruised tailbone.
Chancellor and Lynch are among a handful of starters that Seattle is expecting back this week, the others being left tackle Russell Okung, right guard J.R. Sweezy, tight end Luke Willson and cornerback Jeremy Lane.
Sweezy and Willson missed Seattle’s regular-season finale due to concussions, Okung has been out for the last two games with a calf strain, Chancellor has missed the last three with a bruised tailbone and Lane injured his oblique Sunday. Those players were all limited in Wednesday’s practice – along with defensive tackle Jordan Hill – but coach Pete Carroll said earlier in the day that he’s “very optimistic” about those players being available for Sunday’s game.
“All of those guys are returning to us, so it’s a real boost for us with the guys coming back if they’re able to get through the week,” Carroll said.
Wide receiver Tyler Lockett was an addition to Seattle’s injury report, sitting out Wednesday because of an issue with his hip. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett also didn’t practice; he’s given regular days off because of a lingering toe issue.
Lynch hasn’t played since Nov. 15, which was 10 days before he had surgery for an abdominal injury that was related to a sports hernia. Lynch returned to the team this week after spending the last three working out with trainers in San Francisco. The team has expressed confidence that Lynch will play Sunday so long as he makes it through the week of workouts and practices without any setbacks.
Bevell was asked Wednesday if he expects to be able to call on Lynch 20-25 times Sunday against Minnesota.
“If he’s going, that’s what I would expect,” Bevell said. “I expect him to be full-go, full-speed and just do like we normally do.”