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Thursday in Hawkville: Marshawn Lynch enjoying the buzz Seahawks are generating

Posted Jan 9, 2014

A man of few words, but furious actions, this season, Marshawn Lynch let everyone know Thursday how much he appreciates the team’s success this season and the fans’ reaction to it.

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.”

If they can indeed keep it going against the Saints, the Seahawks will host the NFC Championship game next Sunday against the winner of this Sunday’s divisional game between the 49ers and Panthers in Carolina.

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.   

INJURY REPORT:

The official report, as issued by the team:

STAT DU JOUR: YOU AGAIN?

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:

Seahawks (3-1)
Week 1: W, at Panthers 12-7
Week 2: W, vs. 49ers 29-3
Week 13: W, vs. Saints 34-7
Week 14: L, at 49ers 19-17

Saints (2-2)
Week 10: W, vs. 49ers 23-20
Week 13: L, at Seahawks 34-7
Week 14: W, vs. Panthers 31-13
Week 16, L, at Panthers 17-13

Panthers (2-2)
Week 1: L, vs. Seahawks 12-7
Week 10: W, at 49ers 10-9
Week 14: L, at Saints 31-13
Week 16: W, vs. Saints 17-13

49ers (1-3)
Week 2: L, at Seahawks 29-3
Week 10: L, vs. Panthers 10-9
Week 11: L, at Saints 23-20
Week 14: W, vs. Seahawks 19-17

Did not practice
DT Jordan Hill (groin)
LB K.J. Wright (foot)

Full participation
SS Kam Chancellor (hip)
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
TE Luke Willson (ankle)

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:

Limited participation
DE Akiem Hicks (ankle)
RB Pierre Thomas (chest)

Full participation
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.

STAR-STUDDED SIDELINE: HALL OF FAMERS IN THE HOUSE

YOU DON'T SAY

“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.

Also on hand were former Seahawks QB and QB coach Jim Zorn; former coach Mike Holmgren; former nine-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch, the analyst for FOX’s telecast of Saturday’s game; and former Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez.

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.

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