The Seahawks finished their week of practice Saturday with head coach Pete Carroll saying the past three days "might have been the three best back to back to back days we've had."
Carroll said one reason for that high level of practice might have been the continued improvement to the team's health, including that of quarterback Russell Wilson.
"Russell was really at his best, and Jimmy (Graham) was at his best," Carroll said. "Some guys are just feeling good, and even though there are some guys who are banged up, we're feeling pretty right for getting ready for this ball game. It comes at a good time."
Carroll said "there's no question" that Wilson looks healthier this week than he has since injuries began piling up this season, starting with a Week 1 ankle injury.
Among those players who are banged up, as Carroll put it, is safety Kam Chancellor, who will miss a fourth straight game with a groin injury.
"He's running some now but he'll have to make it back (to practice) next week," Carroll said when asked if Chancellor could play next week. "It hasn't changed, we love having him, we hate missing him, but there's nothing we can do about it. He's trying to get back as fast as he can."
Left tackle Bradley Sowell will also miss a second straight game with a knee injury, though Sowell did make it back to practice this week on a limited basis.
"He's just surviving the early parts of practice," Carroll said. "He's not ready to go yet. We were hoping that he might make a turn, but he has not made that turn yet."
Running back Thomas Rawls, who has been out since Week 2 with a fibula injury, continues to make progress, but will likely miss at least the next two games.
"He's done really well, he's really upbeat about it," Carroll said. "Next week would be his first week back practicing, hopefully, then it would probably be another week after that."
Tight end Luke Willson "ran really fast today," Carroll said, but will miss a third straight game following knee surgery.
"He looked good," Carroll said. "I saw him work out, but he still has to get on the practice field and he hasn't been able to get that done yet. Next week is a big week for Luke to return."
Defensive end Michael Bennett is back with the team following knee surgery earlier this week. Carroll said Bennett "feels really good about it, we just have to see how he responds in the first few days and see how quickly he can come back. I was raving about Luke, here's Luke in two weeks running, and I'm challenging (Bennett) to see if he can stay with that kind of time frame. We'll see what happens. He's very optimistic about it and is very much concerned about showing that he can get back as soon as possible for this team."
In non-injury personnel news, Brock Coyle will start against at strongside linebacker, Carroll said. Kevin Pierre-Louis, who started one game there prior to an ankle injury, is expected back after a two game absence. Mike Morgan, who opened the season as Seattle's starting strongside linebacker, but is currently on injured reserve following sports hernia surgery, is "well ahead of schedule" Carroll said and could return as soon as the six-week window to return from IR is up.
"He really could probably come back this week from the way I'm seeing him run," Carroll said. "He's in good shape, he just has to wait out the time frame."
Carroll said defensive end Damontre Moore will play Monday after signing with the team earlier this week.
"Damontre Moore had a very good week," Carroll said. "This is an exciting player that we picked up. We worked him out earlier, didn't have a spot on the roster for him, and then we made a spot for him. I went back and did some studying with John (Schneider), and we just liked his motor. This guy plays really hard, just like our guys do. He already has demonstrated that on the practice field so he's going to be really part of the game. He's going to play."
For the Bills, running back LeSean McCoy is listed as questionable, but Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters, "I'm confident that he'll be ready to roll."
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is out with a groin injury. Lorenzo Alexander, who leads the NFL in sacks with 9.0, is questionable with a hamstring injury. Ryan also said Percy Harvin, who just came out of retirement to sign with the Bills this week, will play Monday against his former team.
Ryan said Harvin wouldn't see a big workload, but said, "I think we can play him some, I do. He looks good out there… The football specific things are obviously not to where he would be if he had been here the whole time, but I think he could help us."
RB Thomas Rawls (fibula, did not participate in practice)
TE Luke Willson (knee, did not participate in practice)
DE Michael Bennett (knee, did not participate in practice)
S Kam Chancellor (groin, did not participate in practice)
CB DeAndre Elliott (hamstring, did not participate in practice)
T Bradley Sowell (knee, limited participation)
DT Marcell Dareus (groin, did not participate in practice)
DT Corbin Bryant (shoulder, did not participate in practice)
WR Brandon Tate (concussion, did not participate in practice)
TE Charles Clay (knee, limited participation)
OT Cordy Glenn (ankle, limited participation)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring, limited participation)
LB Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring, limited participation)
RB Reggie Bush (groin, limited participation)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee, limited participation)
WR Robert Woods (foot, limited participation)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand, limited participation)
The Seahawks and the Bills have played each other 12 times throughout their history. Seattle is currently leading the series 7-5. The two teams will face off again this Monday Night during Week 9 at CenturyLink Field.