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November 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: Marshawn Lynch “had a really good week” but Cooper Helfet will miss 49ers game

The Seahawks are off the field following their final practice before flying down to the Bay Area for Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Coach Pete Carroll said the team as a whole bounced back well physically from the Arizona game.

Specifically, Carroll said running back Marshawn Lynch “had a really good week” of practice and there is no question that he will play against the 49ers.

“The tempo really helped him get through and he came out of last week feeling pretty good,” Carroll said. “So he’s in good shape this week.”

The news is not as good for tight end Cooper Helfet, who sprained his ankle late in the 19-3 win over Arizona. Carroll said he would not make the trip.

Also having a good week of practice was left guard James Carpenter, who could return to the starting lineup after missing the last three games with a sprained ankle. Carroll would’t commit to Carpenter starting but said the extra week made it “a shoo-in” that he will be ready to play.

And there appears a good chance that Lemuel Jeanpierre will start at center in his second week since returning to the team. Jeanpierre did not play on offense last week (he did get in on special teams) with Patrick Lewis going all the way at center.

Carroll also strongly hinted that Jeanpierre will start, without exactly saying so. “He seems to be back in the groove,” Carroll said. “He’ll play more than he did last week.”

DT Demarcus Dobbs was going through a post-practice workout as Carroll met the media. But Carroll said Dobbs nursing a knee injury, should be able to play.

Carroll also said there was no decision yet on rookie LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, who won’t play this week due to a shoulder injury suffered against Kansas City. Carroll hinted earlier in the week that he could be headed to Injured Reserve. But Carroll said they will “keep checking” on him next week and see if he improves enough to the point that the team thinks he can play this year.

UPDATE — Seattle’s official injury report listed Max Unger, Pierre-Louis and Helfet as out and Dobbs and CB Jeremy Lane (groin) as questionable. Everyone else was probable or better.

Here’s video of Carroll talking today (the clanking sounds you hear is Dobbs working out):

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll speaks to the media Thursday.

 

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