Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was listed as a full participant in the team’s practice Wednesday, and according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had “probably one of the best days that he’s had out here today” since returning from abdominal surgery.
All of that would seem to only increase the odds that Lynch will play Sunday at Carolina in a divisional playoff game against the Panthers.
The team also had optimism last week that Lynch could play against the Vikings before he told coaches on Friday that he could not go, and did not make the trip.
That Lynch has had an extra week of work now, though, makes it more likely he can play this week.
“He looks good,” Bevell said after Wednesday’s practice. “I can’t judge each and every day, but probably one of the best days that he’s had out here today. He’s in there, he’s moving around, he’s making more cuts, probably a little bit more tempo to it, as well. So we’ll just continue to go day-to-day with it.”
Asked if Lynch looked better than last week, Bevell said: “I would say probably. I would say he had a little bit more pace, a little bit more tempo to him even than he had at the end of last week.”
Bevell acknowledged that he was surprised when Lynch couldn’t play last week but said “only Marshawn knows how he is feeling and something that we can’t determine, I can’t determine by watching him. It’s a feel thing.
“He had surgery, they cut on him, and so he has to have a feel and he has to feel very confident he can go out and do it. We don’t want him to just go in and have a couple plays and be done. We want him to be able to finish a game and be able to continue to play and I think that’s what he’s trying to get a feel for.”
Offensive line coach Tom Cable largely echoed Bevell’s assertion of how Lynch looked in Wednesday’s practice saying “to me he looks the same (as last week). So it’s just a matter of their recovery and feeling confident that he can play.”
Cable said the practice snaps were divvied up the same as always.
“We rotate every week so this would be no different than any week for him,“ Cable said. ”So I would say he did a normal workload.”
Fullback Will Tukuafu (hamstring) and DT Michael Bennett (toe) were the only two Seahawks not to practice.
Tukuafu could be in danger of not playing while Bennett was resting what has been a chronic injury he has played through all season.
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