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Seattle Seahawks Get "Real Boost" with Running Back Marshawn Lynch and Others Returning to Practice

The Seahawks are getting healthier heading into the playoffs, and that includes Marshawn Lynch returning to practice.

When the Seahawks began their week of practice Wednesday afternoon, they did so with as healthy of a roster as they have had in several weeks.

"Really just in general we have a lot of guys returning to practice right now," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said.

Among those returning is Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch, who went through the morning walk-thru and was on schedule to practice in the afternoon. Lynch has missed the last seven games with an abdomen injury.

"He went through the walk-thru, he's going to practice today, full-go practice today," Carroll said. "It'll just be the process of seeing him recover from the day's work and see how he goes. He looks like he's fine."

Following Wednesday's practice, offensive line coach/assistant head coach Tom Cable said Lynch "has been fantastic," since returning to the team Monday.

"He has adapted very well," Cable said. "I think he has done a great job of recognizing where this team is at in their vibe, and he has come right in and went to work and it has been really good."

Cable said Lynch came back looking and acting like the same player he was before the injury other than that "he's got a few more jokes than when he left, so that's good."

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell echoed Cable's assessment that Lynch looked good in his first day back, and said that if Lynch makes it through the week and is able to play Sunday, he'll do so without limitation.

"If he's going, that's what I would expect," Bevell said. "I'd expect him to be full-go, full speed and just do like we normally do."

Cable agreed that Lynch could be ready with just a week of practice under his belt because of the work he has been putting in back in the Bay Area.

"When you understand who he is, he's a pro," Cable said. "So he hasn't been out doing nothing. He has been working to get ready to go play football again and recover, so once we got through recovery, the workouts he was doing were very extreme. Then you watch him work today, he's on it."

Also back practicing is Kam Chancellor, who returned to practice last week but sat out a third straight game with a pelvis injury.

"He's going through everything," Carroll said.  

Additionally, Carroll said he expected guard J.R. Sweezy (concussion), tight end Luke Willson (concussion) and left tackle Russell Okung (calf) back in action after missing the regular season finale.

"All of those guys are returning to us," Carroll said. "So it's a real boost for us with the guys coming back if they're able to get through the week."

Asked if he was planning on all of those players playing Sunday, Carroll stopped short of any definitive statements, but said, "We're very optimistic that they will. We've got to see what happens with the practice and see if they can recover from it."

Cornerback Jeremy Lane (ribs), the only new injury to come out of last weekend's game, "Was already working today," Carroll said. "So he's on his way back."

The Seahawks play their 11th wild-card game in franchise history this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. This gallery throws you back to each of the Seahawks' previous 10 wild-card games, including their first-ever playoff game in 1983 facing the Denver Broncos and their most recent in 2012 versus the Washington Redskins. 

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