The Seahawks will head into their home opener against the Chicago Bears with their "Beast Mode" running back labeled a game-time decision.
"He's got a calf that we're working on," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said of Marshawn Lynch, who suffered the setback in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers. "We've been able to condition him some, but we just wanted to make sure and take care of him during the week. So he'll run tomorrow and we'll see if he's OK. It'll go all the way to gameday on this one, though."
Lynch, who's officially listed as questionable, has racked up a team-high 114 yards on 33 carries over the first two weeks. If he's unavailable for Sunday's game at CenturyLink Field the team has two running backs on its active roster in veteran Fred Jackson, a free-agent addition just before the start of the regular season, and rookie Thomas Rawls, who made the team as an undrafted rookie free agent. The team is also carrying two fullbacks in Derrick Coleman and Will Tukuafu and has another undrafted rookie free agent running back on its practice squad in Rod Smith.
Lynch's status will be the biggest injury storyline to follow for Seattle leading up its Week 3 contest with Chicago, but Carroll offered a few more personnel notes during his Friday afternoon press conference:
- It seems likely that Seahawks fans will see Kam Chancellor return to the field this weekend. Carroll said the team is planning on playing the strong safety, but will wait until Saturday before deciding. "He looked just like he's always looked, a real credit to the work that he did while he was home," Carroll said of Chancellor. "He's in great shape and he looked terrific. We'll find out tomorrow after three days [of practice] back to back to back how he came out and then we'll make our final decision. But the plan is that he will play." Carroll added that he thinks Chancellor "certainly" could play all four quarters, but insisted the team still needs to figure out whether or not that is the right thing to do.
- Carroll said "Yes" when asked if defensive end Michael Bennett is OK. Bennett (toe) showed up on the injury report yesterday and is listed as probable for this weekend's game.
- Linebacker Mike Morgan (hamstring) is probable for Sunday's game after missing the first two weeks of the year. "Mike's going to play," Carroll said. "He's ready to go. He's got to get through tomorrow and all that, but we're really pleased that he's finally coming back. He's been a big factor for us on special teams and all of the work that he's done. He's been a core guy for years around here and it's a good plus to get him back in the lineup."
- Safety Steven Terrell, who injured his hip last week against the Packers, and cornerback Tharold Simon, who aggravated a toe injury at Green Bay, have both been ruled out against the Bears. On Simon, Carroll said, "He tried really hard to get back last week and was able to get in the game, but he's just not ready to withstand the play and coming right back. He competed really hard to do that and he would be back next week I think for sure."
Here's Friday's official practice and gameday status report for the Seahawks and their Week 3 opponent:
CB Tharold Simon (Toe, Did Not Participate in Practice)
S Steven Terrell (Hip, Did Not Participate in Practice)
RB Marshawn Lynch (Calf, Did Not Participate in Practice)
TE Luke Willson (Back, Did Not Participate in Practice)
CB Cary Williams (Thigh, Full Participation)
LB Mike Morgan (Hamstring, Full Participation)
LB Bobby Wagner (Ankle, Full Participation)
QB Tarvaris Jackson (Ankle, Full Participation)
DE Michael Bennett (Toe, Full Participation)
QB Jay Cutler (Hamstring, Did Not Participate in Practice)
WR Alshon Jeffery (Hamstring, Did Not Participate in Practice)
LB Jon Bostic (Ankle, Did Not Participate in Practice)
DL Ego Ferguson (Knee, Limited Participation)
LB Pernell McPhee (Knee, Limited Participation)
CB Tracy Porter (Hamstring, Limited Participation)
WR Eddie Royal (Back/Hip, Limited Participation)
RB Matt Forte (Knee, Limited Participation)
G Matt Slauson (Thigh/Toe, Full Participation)
WR Marquess Wilson (Shoulder, Full Participation)
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