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Thursday Practice Report: Seattle Seahawks Running Back Marshawn Lynch, Tight End Luke Willson Work in Full For Second Straight Day

A closer look at Thursday's practice report for the Seahawks and Panthers ahead of their divisional round playoff meeting in Carolina.

Running back Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) and tight end Luke Willson (concussion) worked out in full for the second straight day this week as the Seahawks ready for Sunday's divisional round playoff game against the Panthers in Carolina.

Lynch, who missed the final seven games of the regular season and didn't travel to Minnesota for last week's wild-card win over the Vikings, is working to return from surgery he underwent in late November. He was a full participant in all three days of practice last week and on Wednesday head coach Pete Carroll said Lynch is "encouraged to go for it" this weekend, though his status remains "day to day."

At a press conference held before Thursday's practice, quarterback Russell Wilson said as teammates, the Seahawks want Lynch "to be healthy, we want him to feel like he's ready to go" before he sees the field. Wilson added that the offense's preparation won't change this week even as Lynch's status remains up in the air.

"It doesn't alter the plan in terms of our plays and stuff, if that's what you mean," Wilson said. "But obviously, when he's in there I definitely think their defense has to be in tune, 'OK, Marshawn's in the game,' one of those things. So hopefully he can play this week. We'll have to see."

Returning to practice in limited fashion on Thursday was defensive end Michael Bennett (toe), who sat out to start the week. Fullback Will Tukuafu (hamstring), who got hurt against the Vikings this past weekend, was sidelined for a second straight day.

For the Panthers, backup running back Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) did not take part in practice for a second consecutive day. According to Carolina head coach Ron Rivera, Whittaker has already been ruled out for Sunday's game, which means fullback Mike Tolbert and rookie runner Cameron Artis-Payne are expected to work behind starter Jonathan Stewart, the Fort Lewis native and Panthers' leading rusher who's ready to return to action this weekend after missing the final three games of the regular season with a foot injury. Kony Ealy was the only other player listed on the Panthers' practice report, with the defensive end missing Thursday's workout because of an illness.

Here's a look at Thursday's practice report for the Seahawks and Panthers:

Seattle Seahawks

Did Not Participate in Practice

FB Will Tukuafu (Hamstring)

Limited Participation in Practice

DE Michael Bennett (Toe)

Full Participation in Practice

TE Luke Willson (Concussion)

RB Marshawn Lynch (Abdomen)

Carolina Panthers

Did Not Participate in Practice

RB Fozzy Whittaker (Ankle)

DE Kony Ealy (Illness)

Take a walk down memory lane with photos from all 10 Divisional playoff game the Seahawks have ever played, including last year's matchup against the Carolina Panthers who the Seahawks face once again in a Divisional playoff game on Sunday. 

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