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Wednesday in Hawkville: It’s finally time to unleash The Beast

Posted Sep 3, 2014

After another preseason of relative inactivity, Marshawn Lynch is rested and ready to “Let her rip,” as coach Pete Carroll put it, in Thursday night’s regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 3, when the Seahawks held a walkthrough as their final on-field session before Thursday night’s regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field:

WORD OF THE DAY: UNLEASH

As in, unleash The Beast. After being a sideline spectator for most of the preseason, Marshawn Lynch will be in the middle of everything for the Seahawks’ offense in Thursday night’s regular-season opener for the Seahawks.

And that’s pretty much par for the preseason course when it comes to the team’s Beast Mode back.

After carrying six times during the 2011 preseason, Lynch ran 285 times for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season. In 2012, it was five preseason carries and 315 for 1,590 and 11 TDs in the regular season. Last year, it was five more preseason carries, followed by 301 for 1,257 yards and 12 TDs in the regular season. This summer, Lynch got three carries – all against the Chicago Bears in the third preseason game.

Asked after Wednesday’s walkthrough in the indoor practice facility what he expected from Lynch against the Packers, coach Pete Carroll said, “Let her rip. He’s had a great camp. All through the camp, I’ve been just so happy with the way he’s worked and his quickness and his fitness and all is terrific.

“He’s ready to go. And we’re really exciting about cutting him lose.”

INJURY REPORT: JEREMY LANE PROBABLE FOR PACKERS

The end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:

STAT DU JOUR: ANOTHER BETTER-THAN OPPORTUNITY FOR PETE CARROLL

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has been talking about doing it better than it’s ever been done before since he was hired in 2010. With a victory in Thursday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field, Carroll would have a winning record in season openers – something no other coach in franchise history who had more than one opener was able to accomplish:

Coach (seasons) W-L
Jack Patera (1976-82) 0-7
Chuck Knox (1983-91) 4-5
Tom Flores (1992-95) 1-3
Dennis Erickson (1996-98) 1-2
Mike Holmgren (1999-2008) 5-5
Jim Mora (2009) 1-0
Pete Carroll (2010-present) 2-2

Out
TE Cooper Helfet (knee)
OL Lemuel Jeanpierre (neck)
RB Christine Michael (hamstring)
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring)
CB Tharold Simon (knee)

Probable
LB Bruce Irvin (hip)
CB Jeremy Lane (groin)
WR Kevin Norwood (ankle)

Lane participated in the walkthrough after practicing on Tuesday and is ready to fill his role as the nickel back, Carroll said. That’s pivotal because the Packers use so many multiple-receiver sets.

“Jeremy did practice yesterday and did a good job,” Carroll said. “So there’s a good chance he’ll be alright.”

Later, Carroll said, “I expect him to be the nickel.”

Simon, however, might need a minor procedure to take care of the knee that has been bothering him.

“It looks like he’s going to have some work done on his knee,” Carroll said. “He’s got some real minor stuff to get done. He’s got to get some stuff cleaned up. We’re going to try and do this real quickly. If all stays on course, he’ll get a little something done in the next couple of days. There’s still some question, because what’s going on is real minimal. But we think it might be the time to do it.”

With Jeanpierre out, Stephen Schilling will be the backup to Pro Bowl center Max Unger.

For the Packers:

YOU DON'T SAY

“To be the first game to kick off the new season, we’re honored by that. Hopefully we’ll play accordingly.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll

Out
TE Brandon Bostick (fibula)
CB Demetri Goodson (concussion)
C/OG J.C. Tretter (knee)

Probable
LB Brad Jones (quadriceps)

GIVE ’EM A C: CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED

All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor (defense), kicker Steven Hauschka and punter/holder Jon Ryan (special teams) and Wilson (offense) have been voted the team captains for the season, Carroll announced after the walkthrough.

Wilson also was the offensive captain last season, while Chancellor takes over for departed defensive end Red Bryant, who was the defensive captain the past two seasons. Hauschka and Ryan also are first-time captains, replacing linebacker Heath Farwell (who is on injured reserve) and fullback Michael Robinson (who has retired).

Chancellor, Wilson, Hauschka and Ryan will wear “C” patches on their jersey to designate their status.

UP NEXT: THE OPENER, AND SO MUCH MORE

The wait for the Super Bowl champions’ long-awaited regular-season opener is almost over, as the Seahawks will host the Packers at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night.

Until then, here are a couple of the activities accompanying the opener:
NFL Gameday Village in Pioneer Square. Wednesday, open now until 10 p.m.; and Thursday, from 10 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. Several players will be in attendance and signing autographs: Wednesday – Mack Strong (1-2 p.m.), Ed Reynolds (3-4 p.m.) and Shaun Alexander (5-6 p.m.); Thursday – Will Shields (1-2 p.m.), Warren Moon (1-2 p.m.), Jim Zorn (2:30-3:30 p.m.), Walter Jones (2:30-3:30 p.m.).

NFL Flag Football and Youth Sports Roundtable at Renton Memorial Stadium. Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be in attendance, along with former NFL players Walter Jones, Aeneas Williams and Mark Bruener.

Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent, Moon and Strong were at Lake Grove Elementary in Federal Way on Wednesday morning for a “Fuel Up to Play 60” event that is part of the NFL-United Way Kickoff Community Event.