Pete Carroll met with the media on Friday afternoon, two days before the Seahawks are set to meet the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football at CenturyLink Field. Here's three things we learned from the Seattle head coach:
1. Marshawn Lynch's Status
Marshawn Lynch was a surprise addition to Friday's injury report for the Seahawks. According to Carroll, the Seahawks running back "felt a little something in his abdomen that was bothering him" at the end of Thursday's practice, a setback Carroll thinks Lynch has experienced before. Lynch didn't practice Friday as a result and is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Cardinals, but Carroll believes "Beast Mode" will be ready to go.
"We think so, yeah," Carroll said. "He thinks he's OK."
Outside of Lynch and defensive tackle David King, who's listed as doubtful with a groin injury, the Seahawks are in good shape on the injury front. Left tackle Russell Okung (toe/ankle) fully participated in every day of practice this week and is probable to play this weekend after missing Seattle's last game to injury. Tight end Luke Willson (toe), injured in the club's last game, was limited to start the week but finished with two straight days of full participation. Willson is probable to play against Arizona.
2. Paul Richardson Will "Be Ready To Go"
Wide receiver Paul Richardson, the team's first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, will be active for Sunday's game against Arizona after starting the season on the team's physically unable to perform list due to an ACL he injured in last year's playoff run.
"We're going to make all of the transactions and all of that tomorrow, so we'll get that done," Carroll said of Richardson, who must be moved from PUP to the 53-man active roster before playing in Sunday's game. "He'll be ready to go."
The situation is cloudier surrounding cornerback Jeremy Lane, who also started the year on PUP with arm and knee injuries. Lane began practicing earlier this week, but Carroll said "it's quick and early" to bring him back against Arizona.
"We have to wait and see on that one," Carroll said. "We got to see how he looked again today. He's done very, very well. It's quick and early to bring him back, but we'll talk about it here and we'll give him a chance all the way to game time."
3. Patrick Lewis Will Start at Center
As assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable noted earlier this week, center Patrick Lewis will move back into the starting offensive line against Arizona. Lewis' last start came against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6, but he was held out because of injury in Weeks 7 and 8.
"I think it's the right thing for us," Carroll said. "We just continue to try to draw the information and we see that Patrick did all right things when he played last time, then he got banged up, if you remember. He's healthy and ready to go, so we wanted to continue with that and see how he plays with the guys. He did a nice job."
Lewis started four games at center for Seattle last season, two of which came in wins over the Cardinals, something Carroll said "doesn't hurt" ahead of Sunday's game against Arizona.
"We've seen him on the film," Carroll said. "So it doesn't hurt."