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November 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Seahawks Friday injury update: Marshawn Lynch officially questionable but has a good day of practice

Officially, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is questionable for Seattle’s game at Kansas City Sunday.

Unofficially, expect him to play as coach Pete Carroll said after Friday’s practice that Lynch — listed as battling calf and rib injuries — had a good day of work. Lynch did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday, which means he has to be listed on the injury report. But Carroll indicated Lynch will be good to go Sunday.

“He’s just banged up,” Carroll said. “And in years past we have always given him a lot of consideration to get him right and he’s worked hard to make sure he stays abreast what he can do. He practiced well today.”

Also listed as questionable but also likely to play is tight end Luke Willson, battling a sprained ankle.

“Luke Willson really had a great week,” Carroll said. “A little surprised at that,” meaning the rapidness of his recovery.

Listed as out is MLB Bobby Wagner and listed as doubtful are James Carpenter (ankle), Brock Coyle (gluteus) and Marcus Burley (hamstring). However, Carroll said Burley is out and he made it pretty clear that the other two are unlikely. Carroll referred to Coyle as “really banged up.”

Alvin Bailey will start at left guard in place of Carpenter and the Seahawks will adjust the LB corps with K.J. Wright going back to the middle and Malcolm Smith — who is back to full speed — sharing the WLB spot with Kevin Pierre-Louis. Bruce Irvin remains at SLB.

Carroll said of Smith that “he had a great week and we are really pleased about that. It’s been a while since he’s been out there with us.”

Carroll also said Kam Chancellor had a good week after missing the last two games with a groin injury and will start. Byron Maxwell is also back to full health and will start at cornerback, meaning Seattle’s regular secondary will start for the first time since the Dallas game Oct. 12.

“Max (Maxwell) is going to start and we are fired up about that,” Carroll said. “It’s great to get that group back together. Tharold (Simon) is ready to go and he’ll play regularly through the game, but we are getting better, getting stronger.”

Somewhat in question, though, is the nickel spot with Burley out and Lane listed as questionable while battling soreness in his groin after playing last week for the first time since week one.

Carroll said Lane is “a little sure after the week” and that they will monitor him in pre-game. Lane did a little bit of work on Friday which Carroll said “is a good sign.”

Carroll was vague on what Seattle will do at nickel if Lane can’t play. But a likely scenario is Maxwell moving inside and Simon playing outside.

Carrol also said he was excited to see Chancellor back and agreed that it might help the ankle and hip issues he has also been battling all season that he missed the last two weeks with a groin issue.

“He’s had a hard time just getting balanced to where he really felt great,” Carroll said. “It’s been a long haul for him through the off-season and rehabbing and all that kind of stuff, so he’s looking forward to good health and he feels good this week. And hopefully he can put some weeks back-to-back and he can get a little momentum here to get through the year.”

Carroll also said Allen Bradford will be the backup at MLB with Coyle out. Bradford was signed earlier in the week and will also play special teams.

Carroll said Wagner has a chance to make it back for the Arizona game Nov. 23, saying that his return to get back on the field is a two-eek process that hopefully can be sped up.

Below via a Tweet is the official injury report from the Seahawks. Michael Bennett is listed since he sat out practice Wednesday as a rest day. Cooper Helfet has knee soreness but has been able to practice.

Here is the Chiefs’ injury noting that Kansas City will be without two of its top receivers.

Below the injury report is some video of Carroll’s session with the media today:

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talks to the media Friday.

 

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