Marshawn Lynch returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis, keeping his status for Sunday’s Seahawks test at undefeated Cincinnati up in the air but with more of a lean toward playing than he’s had in two weeks.
Lynch practiced for the first time since Sept. 24, three days before he left the win over Chicago in the second quarter with what coach Pete Carroll has since said was a “slightly pulled” hamstring. Carroll said Wednesday the team will likely take through the end of this week before deciding whether the NFL’s rushing leader since 2011 plays or misses a second consecutive game.
Monday’s win over Detroit was just the second game in six seasons the Seahawks haven’t had Lynch. Thomas Rawls would again start for him.
Running back Fred Jackson did not practice again, but Carroll said the 34-year old has looked surprisingly good for having sustained a high-ankle sprain against the Lions days ago. The team isn’t ruling Jackson out for the Bengals game.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said if Lynch and Jackson both can’t play at Cincinnati, fullback Derrick Coleman becomes the “emergency” backup to Rawls at tailback.
Brandon Mebane practiced for the second consecutive day, increasing the likelihood the nose tackle will play Sunday. He missed the Lions game with a strained groin.