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Tight End Luke Willson Ruled Out, Running Back Marshawn Lynch Questionable, but Seattle Seahawks Otherwise Healthy Heading into Wild-Card Game at Minnesota

The Seahawks and Vikings should both be relatively healthy for Sunday's wild-card game in Minneapolis.

The Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings will both be playing at close to full strength when they face off in Minneapolis in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs.

Seahawks tight end Luke Willson has been ruled out for a second straight week with a concussion, and Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is listed as questionable after returning to practice this week following a seven-game absence, but everyone else on Seattle's injury report is listed as probable. That means Kam Chancellor is likely to play for the first time since suffering a pelvis injury in Week 14 against Baltimore, and that two starting linemen—left tackle Russell Okung (calf) and right guard J.R. Sweezy (concussion)—will be back after missing last week's game.

Lynch was a full participant in practice all three days this week, but is still questionable because the Seahawks want to see how he responds to the week of work after such a long layoff.

"He's questionable," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "We've got to go to tomorrow and make sure that he's OK after today. That same old thing, we'll just see how he's taking to the week's work and all of that. He looked good during the week and did some really good stuff. We'll just use all of the time we have available.

"I don't know until we finish the week. He has looked really good. We're hoping so, we're very optimistic about that… It has been a great week, really. He has taken every rep we need him to this week."

With Willson out and Jimmy Graham on injured reserve, the Seahawks will again go with Cooper Helfet and Chase Coffman at tight end Sunday. Coffman had four catches for 29 yards and a touchdown last week in his Seahawks debut.

"We're very fortunate," Carroll said of Coffman's quick emergence in the offense. "I said coming out of the game that we were very fortunate just to have a chance to see him play, and he did a good job at the line of scrimmage and catching the ball and doing the stuff we want. We're fortunate that he has emerged so quickly for us, and we can go with him and Coop and play the game that way."

For the Vikings, defensive tackle Kendrick Ellis has been ruled out with an ankle injury, but everyone else on the injury report is probable, including starting defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who missed the previous meeting between the two teams, and running back Adrian Peterson, who sat out the first two days of practice this week with a back injury.

Seattle Seahawks


TE Luke Willson (concussion, did not participate in practice)


RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen, full participation)


S Kam Chancellor (pelvis, full participation)

WR Tyler Lockett (hip, full participation)

DE Michael Bennett (toe, full participation)

T Russell Okung (calf, full participation)

G J.R Sweezy (concussion, full participation)

CB Jeremy Lane (oblique, full participation)

DT Jordan Hill (toe, full participation)

Minnesota Vikings


DT Kenrick Ellis (ankle, did not participate in practice)


WR Adam Thielen (shoulder/low back, full participation in practice)

RB Adrian Peterson (low back, full)

DT Linval Joseph (foot, full)

DE Everson Griffen (shoulder, full)

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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