Running back Marshawn Lynch was among four Seahawks to sit out practice Thursday, resting a sore back that has plagued him all season.
Lynch also sat out on Wednesday. It’s not unexpected and doesn’t necessarily mean he’s in danger of not playing against Arizona on Sunday as Lynch may now just simply be on a schedule of sitting out two days a week instead of one. Lynch also did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday last week and then played against Kansas City. He has missed just one game since being traded to the Seahawks in 2010.
Also sitting out today were center Max Unger (knee/ankle), CB Marcus Burley (hamstring) and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder).
Seven players sat out on Wednesday but three returned on Thursday CB Byron Maxwell (calf), DL Michael Bennett (rest) and DL Demarcus Dobbs (knee).
Dobbs, however, was still limited.
Also listed as limited was LB Brock Coyle (gluteus).
Everyone else was listed as fully participating, which includes MLB Bobby Wagner and OL James Carpenter.
For each it is an encouraging sign that they will be able to return to action against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Wagner has not played since the Oct. 12 loss to Dallas while Carpenter has missed the last two games.
The Seahawks have said they needed to see how each made it through practice before declaring they will return.
Each was listed as limited on Wednesday and able to fully participate on Thursday.
Players and coaches have said all week the return of Wagner could be especially crucial as Seattle enters something of a make-or-break game.
“Big help,” safety Earl Thomas said before practice Thursday of the potential return of Wagner. “He’s the quarterback of the defense in some sense and we definitely need him because he’s an athlete. He allows us to be more not one-dimensional as far as the play call. Just good to get him back, to hear his voice. And he’s an athlete, man. He makes a big impact, especially with me trying to make all those tackles. He’ll take some of that load off of me.”
As far as Arizona’s injuries, here’s a recap from ESPN, including a quote from WR Larry Fitzgerald that he remains “optimistic” that he will be able to play.