BY Art Thiel 07:02PM 01/06/2016

Seahawks’ Lynch back, ‘as selfless as they come’

Marshawn Lynch returned to practice Wednesday. Lynch is a revered figure in the locker room, so there was no second-guessing his decision to rehab in Oakland with trainers he knew.

Remember this? Marshawn Lynch wore Kam Chancellor’s jersey to practice one day as a symbol of solidarity during his teammate’s holdout at the beginning of the season. Another reason his teammates like him. / Seahawks.com

RB Marshawn Lynch was back Wednesday, bopping around the locker room, gabbing with ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, chuckling with John Nordstorm, cranking up tunes and generally looking as if he had been nowhere near a surgeon’s scalpel in a long time.

And yes, he squeezed in a practice. A-Beasting, the Seahawks shall go Sunday in Minneapolis.

“It was cool,” Richard Sherman said. “It was cool.”

Said line coach Tim Cable: “He’s been fantastic.” But is he any different?  “Yeah, he’s got a few more jokes than when he left. So it’s good.”

Something about Lynch’s personality elevates everyone around him. The  notorious resistance to daily questions from media is simply a ruse to get more time to hang with people he trusts, needs and helps.

“It’s always good to get him back in the building,” Sherman said. “His energy, his spirit. He’s a fun dude to be around and guys are happy to see him. Happy to see him back out there doing what he does.”

Beyond personality, teammates have more respect for him than anyone else on the roster because he so willingly gives his all.

“The man in the mirror,” Sherman said when asked what drives Lynch. “At the end of the day, I think he wants to be able to look in the mirror and be able to say, ‘I gave my all. I went out there and put on as much as I could for my teammates.’ That’s the kind of guy he is. He doesn’t seem like that to some people, because they have no idea who he is because he doesn’t want to talk about it.

“He’s a guy that is as selfless as they come.”

Lynch’s decision after his Nov. 25 abdominal surgery to stay away from Seattle and rehab near his Oakland home with trainers he has worked with for years struck some as dubious. But none of them are his teammates or coaches.

“Guys don’t worry or stress about Marshawn not being here when he’s rehabbing or when he’s hurt,” Sherman said. “I think the outside world is like, ‘What’s going on?’ We don’t panic. We know that guy is one of the best teammates you would ever have, playing for any team, any level, any sport.

“He will do whatever he can to help this team win. You know he means no ill will. He’s not trying to hurt the team when he’s gone, so you understand and appreciate it.”

Since he was a full go in Wednesday’s practice, the plan is to give Lynch the ball is usual 20-25 times a game.

“If he’s going, that’s what I would expect,” said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell following practice. “I expect him to be full go, full speed and just do like we normally do.”

Apparently, that means no training wheels in his first game action since Nov. 15.

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

Lockett sits out while others return

Besides Lynch, SS Kam Chancellor was also a full participant in practice, meaning they are ready to start Sunday’s playoff game. But a surprising absence was WR Tyler Lockett, who rested with an unspecified hip problem.

Only Lockett, who played all of the Arizona game, and DL Michael Bennett (toe) were held out of practice. Bennett’s toe has been a chronic problem unlikely to keep him out Sunday.

Five players coming back from injuries were listed as limited — OLs Russell Okung (calf) and J.R. Sweezy (concussion), TE Luke Willson (concussion), CB Jeremy Lane (oblique) and DL Jordan Hill (toe).

Carroll said before practice he expected the team to be almost totally healthy.

“We have a lot of guys returning to practice right now,” he said. “Sweezy comes back, Luke comes back, Russell Okung comes back to get some work. It’s a real boost for us with the guys coming back, if they’re able to get through the week.”

For the Vikings, RB Adrian Peterson did not practice for the Vikings Wednesday due reported back spasms. He has missed Wednesday and Thursday practices the last few weeks and has played on Sundays.


YourThoughts

  • 1coolguy

    My suggestion to the Hawks: Wool,. Socks, gloves and stocking hats. Don’t do cotton or blends, believe me, as I am in Alaska and know below zero weather.
    It will be interesting to see, given a rock hard frozen field, what the running game looks like, as traction will be tough.
    All those players are in for a very difficult time physically and I hope that field doesn’t cause concussions and other impact injuries.

    • Mildredwcouncil1


      ❝my neighbor’s mate mother is making 98$ HOURLY on the internet❞….

      A few days ago new McLaren F1 subsequent after earning 18,512$,,,this was my previous month’s paycheck ,and-a little over, 17k$ Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a day ..with extra open doors & weekly paychecks.. it’s realy the easiest work I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over 87$, p/h.Learn More right Here
      hc.
      ➤➤
      ➤➤➤ http://GlobalSuperEmploymentVacanciesReportsNet/GetPaid/98$hourly❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦

    • Mildredwcouncil2


      ❝my neighbor’s mate mother is making 98$ HOURLY on the internet❞….

      A few days ago new McLaren F1 subsequent after earning 18,512$,,,this was my previous month’s paycheck ,and-a little over, 17k$ Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a day ..with extra open doors & weekly paychecks.. it’s realy the easiest work I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over 87$, p/h.Learn More right Here
      vs
      ➤➤
      ➤➤➤ http://GlobalSuperEmploymentVacanciesReportsNet/GetPaid/98$hourly❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦

    • art thiel

      They heat the fields. And you should know that modern fabrics have far surpassed old-timey wool.

      What they can’t change is the hardness and slickness of the football in cold, dry weather.

      • jafabian

        Or the deflation according to Bill Belichik.

        • Sonics79

          You know, you’re actually on to something there. I only know this because of Deflate Gate, but the Seahawks do supply half the balls used in the game. They would be wise to inflate them at the lowest possible allowed pressure, and let the cold deflate them a bit more so you can get a better grip.

  • notaboomer

    does toradol block out the external pain of cold or just the internal pain of orthopedic injuries?

    • art thiel

      Brandy in hot chocolate is the drug of choice for cold.

      • Warchild_70

        Booker’s 125 proof Bourbon neat works for me!

  • Robin & Maynard

    How big was the incision and how is it protected? Kevlar? (Will the weather be as cold as Mike Leach’s heart? Sorry. ( Heard that from a friend and had to drop it in here.)

    • Bettyrramos


      ❝my neighbor’s mate is getting 98$. HOURLY on the internet❞….

      A few days ago new McLaren F1 subsequent after earning 18,512$,,,this was my previous month’s paycheck ,and-a little over, 17k$ Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a day ..with extra open doors & weekly paychecks.. it’s realy the easiest work I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over 87$, p/h.Learn More right Here
      vs……x
      ➤➤
      ➤➤➤ http://GlobalSuperEmploymentVacanciesReportsMoney/GetPaid/98$hourly❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦

  • Jeff Shope

    Virtually nothing from Seattle media on UW losing Scott Woodward to A & M. That’s amazing to me! The guy had an SEC like focus on football which funds all other sports while fighting all the liberal tools in Seattle for resources now it looks like UW will get stuck with Barbara Hedges 2.0 This is NOT good news

    • Yvonnejvallee2


      ❝my neighbor’s mate is getting 98$. HOURLY on the internet❞….

      A few days ago new McLaren F1 subsequent after earning 18,512$,,,this was my previous month’s paycheck ,and-a little over, 17k$ Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a day ..with extra open doors & weekly paychecks.. it’s realy the easiest work I have ever Do. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over 87$, p/h.Learn More right Here
      na……
      ➤➤
      ➤➤➤ http://GlobalSuperEmploymentVacanciesReportsJobs/GetPaid/98$hourly❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦.❦

  • BruceN

    Art, do the players still see Marshawn as a selfless player after his latest surprise? His act is about done in Seattle.

  • Joe Lee

    Please chime in Art – interested in your thoughts in re Mr. Mode.