Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch, James Carpenter probable for Thursday
RENTON – What do the Seahawks have to be thankful for?
Among other things, a relatively healthy roster heading into their Thanksgiving night showdown with the 49ers.
Not all the way healthy, mind you, with nickelback Jeremy Lane listed as questionable and tight end Cooper Helfet ruled out. But coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that running Marshawn Lynch and left guard James Carpenter both had a strong week of practice – albeit at a walk-through pace – and are expected to play.
Lynch’s status has been of particular note this week given the quick turnaround from Sunday to Thursday and the time it typically takes his body to recover.
“He had a really good week,” Carroll said. “The tempo really helped him get through and he came out of last week feeling pretty good. So he’s in good shape for this week.”
Carpenter missed Seattle’s last three games with a sprained ankle. He could have played Sunday, Carroll said, but the team decided to hold him out for one more game to ensure his availability for Thursday night.
With Carpenter likely returning, the only real question mark along Seattle’s offensive line is whether Patrick Lewis or Lemuel Jeanpierre will start at center. Carroll wouldn’t indicate, but he said Jeanpierre is more comfortable with another week of practice under his belt and that he’ll play more than he did Sunday in his first game back with the team.
Lane was activated off of injured reserve earlier this month, and while he’s played in the three game since then, he’s dealt with lingering soreness in his groin and now an issue with his glute. His backup, Marcus Burley, missed the last two games with a hamstring injury but is listed as probable.
Helfet won’t even make the trip to the Bay Area after spraining his ankle on the second-to-last play Sunday. He faced an uphill battle trying to recover in time to even practice this week let alone play in a game Thursday.
Helfet’s situation is an example of the challenges presented by a short week, but all things considered, Carroll said his team has handled it well.
“Our guys had a great time with it,” he said. “They’re pumped up, and really, they forgot that they had played a game and got going, practiced yesterday. You would never think that you could get back that quick. So they did a nice job. We’re ready to go.”
Out: TE Cooper Helfet (ankle), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder), C Max Unger (knee/ankle).
Questionable: DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee), CB Jeremy Lane (glute).
Probable: CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), LG James Carpenter (ankle), WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle), RB Marshawn Lynch (back).