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Thursday in Hawkville: Marshawn Lynch enjoying the buzz Seahawks are generating
A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Jan. 9, when the Seahawks held their final full practice before Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the Saints at CenturyLink Field:
WORDS OF THE DAY: BEAST MODE
Marshawn Lynch has seen and done so much while leading the Seahawks in rushing the past four seasons, but the team’s Beast Mode back has never seen anything like the excitement surrounding Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the Saints.
“It’s good for everybody – for the team, the city,” Lynch said in the locker room after Thursday’s practice. “So hopefully we can just keep it going.”
In the Seahawks’ Week 13 win over the Saints, the New Orleans defense did everything it could to keep Lynch’s Beast Mode persona in check. He carried 16 times for 45 yards, after rushing for 131 yards and one beastly 67-yard touchdown run in the Seahawks’ wild-card playoff win over the Saints in 2010.
But the attention the Saints afforded Lynch on Dec. 2 helped quarterback Russell Wilson pass for 310 yards and three touchdowns and also rush for 47 yards. Lynch’s teammates will tell you they appreciate him because he always has their back. Does that come with an added pressure or responsibilities?
“Nah,” Lynch said. “We all are accountable for our job. I just do my job and everything else takes care of itself.”
Especially when Lynch does his job in the frenetic fashion that he does.
The official report, as issued by the team:
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Whoever prevails in this weekend’s NFC divisional playoff games that feature two rematches, there will be another rematch in next Sunday’s NFC Championship game. That’s because the four remaining teams played one another during the regular season. Here’s a team-by-team look at those matchups:
Chancellor practiced after sitting out Wednesday and will play against the Saints, coach Pete Carroll said. Harvin and Willson also are ready to go, Carroll said. Harvin has not played since the Week 11 game against the Vikings, his only game action this season after having hip surgery Aug. 1; while Willson sprained an ankle in the regular-season finale against the Rams.
“Something happened,” Carroll said of Willson, the rookie tight end. “Because they checked him out right off the bat and it looked like he had a broken leg. Then they checked him out again that night and he didn’t. So all I can tell you is it was remarkable whatever happened in there. There was a laying of hands or something. I don’t know what happened. But he jumped right back and he had terrific work and he’s ready to play.”
For the Saints:
DE Akiem Hicks (ankle)
RB Pierre Thomas (chest)
OT Terron Armstead (knee)
OG Jahri Evans (ankle)
CB Keenan Lewis (head/neck)
Thomas, the Saints’ leading rusher and second-leading receiver, practiced after sitting out Wednesday. He did not play in the wild-card win over the Eagles on Sunday.
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“I’m just looking to jump on the bus and enjoy the ride.”
Wide receiver Percy Harvin, who will play in his second game for the Seahawks on Saturday, when asked where he envisions himself fitting into the offense
Two Hall of Fame players and one who is expected to join them this year were among those watching practice from the sideline in the indoor practice field. Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy was on hand because he is raising a “12” flag atop the Space Needle on Friday morning; while Howie Long, a Hall of Fame defensive end for the Raiders and now an analyst for FOX, was here to interview the All-Pro duo of Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas for the network’s pregame show.
They were joined by Walter Jones, the Seahawks’ nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle who is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
UP NEXT: “BLUE FRIDAY,” BUT ALSO SATURDAY
Outside VMAC, tomorrow will be Friday. Or “Blue Friday.” But at VMAC, it will be Saturday, because this week’s game is on Saturday. So the players will hold their day-before-the-game walkthrough.
“Blue Friday” activities include: Kennedy raising a “12” flag atop the Space Needle; a “12” banner being pulled behind a plane along the I-405 corridor between Renton and Kirkland; and a Fan Rally at Renton City Hall starting at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday morning, a feature that former Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis did recently with All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas on “closing speed” will be part of a special “NFL Countdown” on ESPN.