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Lynch: “I stay ready”

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm with 33 Comments »
September 5, 2012 2:11 pm

I had a chance to talk to Marshawn Lynch about his injury status for Sunday’s game, and all indications are that the Seattle running back will be ready to go in the team’s season opener at Arizona.

“I feel good,” said Lynch, when asked about his health.

Good enough to play on Sunday?

“I just stay ready, that’s all,” Lynch said. “It will be my body’s decision. But I’ve taken the appropriate steps to make sure that I don’t have to do something out of the ordinary to get ready. Just like I said, I stay ready.”

Lynch publically addressed his DUI charge in Oakland this summer for the first time, saying he did not want to get into the specifics of the issue.

“That’s getting handled,” Lynch said. “That’s a legal matter, so I can’t speak on it. But I’m doing great as a person.”

Lynch also said that he was pleased to see so many of the team’s young players performing well during the preseason.

“We’ve got a lot of youngsters that’s making strides,” Lynch said. “Probably a lot of them are making strides to where they probably didn’t think they would have the impact that they’ve had on the team that they’re having. It’s just great to watch those guys in the preseason play the way they played.”

Lynch said the young guys playing well is just another example of head coach Pete Carroll’s philosophy to lean on younger players.

“With the way that Coach (Carroll) is, he doesn’t mind playing a young guy,” Lynch said. “And if it was up to him, he’d probably have a team running around with a bunch of 15-year-olds if he could. But it’s just great the strides that they’ve made coming in. And I feel like there’s enough veterans around them to where they don’t have to save the day.”

Lynch participated in the walk-through practice today. We’ll see if he practices this afternoon.

Carroll said that Lynch’s back spasms were a lingering issue from the Denver preseason game a few weeks ago.

“Right now, (Robert) Turbin will take all of the first-team snaps and get us ready,” Carroll said. “We’ll be prepared to rotate our guys just like we always do. And Lump (Kregg Lumpkin) will be ready to go if we need him to. But you can’t cancel Marshawn out right now. It’s too early to know that. He looked fine today.”

Carroll went into detail on the released of Kellen Winslow, stating pretty explicitly that performance or health were not an issue for the veteran tight end in Seattle.

“He did all right,” Carroll said. “He made it through. And we did a considerable effort to manage him, but he exceeded our expectations in how much he could work. And he never wanted out; he always wanted to practice. So I didn’t know that about him, and I was impressed with that.

“He hated having to miss something because he loves to play.”

So that really leaves only one reason – money.

Here’s what Carroll had to say when asked if financial considerations were a reason for Winslow’s release.

“Everything’s a factor – and every side of it,” Carroll said. “Whether they making a lot of money, or they’re not making a lot of money. We take everything into account to make those decisions, and consider every aspect of it – because we have to. That’s how we do it.”

However, Carroll would not say Winslow’s ability to hold up for the duration of the season with a chronic knee issue was not a factor in his release.

“I don’t know that,” Carroll said. “He has a serious issue that he’s dealing with. But he knows how to manage it. And with our complementary approach to it, it seems like we were getting it done.”

Carroll did not rule out the possibility of Winslow returning to the team at some point later this season.

“Kellen did a great job in my mind,” Carroll said. “And if there was a time down the road that we could get back to him, we would consider doing that.”

Carroll said that rookie J.R. Sweezy will get the start at right guard.

“He’s earned his way,” Carroll said. “He’s our starter.”

And Carroll said that receiver Doug Baldwin looks fully healed from the hamstring injury and ready to go.

Golden Tate has a sprained knee, according to Carroll, and his availability is in question for Sunday. Braylon Edwards would get the start at split end if Tate can’t go. Tate suffered the injury returning a punt in the second half of the last preseason game against Oakland.

“He’s not going to do much,” Carroll said. “He’s going to run tomorrow for the first time. And he’s been working out on hard ground for the first time. And we’ll just see what happens to that.”

Rookie defensive lineman Greg Scruggs is still recovering from a hamstring injury and will not practice today.

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  1. mindnbrad says:

    “He did all right,” Carroll said. “He made it through. And we did a considerable effort to manage him, but he exceeded our expectations in how much he could work. And he never wanted out; he always wanted to practice…He hated having to miss something because he loves to play.”

    Is it just me, or does that make it sound like it IS an injury issue? And with his failing the NE physical, isn’t it somewhat obvious?

  2. Skavage says:

    I like the fact that PC addressed the KW release to some degree. It does make it intriguing to see if he resigns after Sunday.

    I think the Lynch info is right there with what many people here have said. Sort of a wait and see aproach but an expectation that Lynch will play and this is not much different from last year.

    And here’s hoping that Baldwin and RW can get on the same page Sunday. Great news to hear Baldwin is ready to go!

  3. Skavage says:

    It doesn’t sound like an injury issue to me at all. I didn’t read that into it as much as I read it as PC is saying that KW played through the pain and managed the injury, just as he has in the past, so his health wasn’t much of an issue.

  4. bird_spit says:

    I read into that, if KW had taken the pay cut, he would still be here (period).

  5. iHateHarbaugh says:

    Are you guys as excited as I am??!!!!! It’s almost here!! Perfect place to start our new season, the place where last season ended with a loss. #12thMan I’m starting Braylon over Fitz this week! Team #BeastMode

  6. princeaden says:

    I agree with the Bird_spit.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I really hope Winslow doesn’t come back, or T.O. for that matter.

    Great to hear that my favorite Seahawk player is ready to go.( contrary to popular belief ) that would be Baldwin. “The glue to get us through”.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    My crystal ball says 10 and 6 or better.

  9. JZombie says:

    No news about Sidney Rice is good news I hope.

  10. bbnate420 says:

    I think it was money.

    Don’t you want a safety valve for the future HOF player known as DangeRuss, Georgia? 8)

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Hey bbnate420, is that you providing Danny Kelly over there at field gulls with the videos? Cool stuff!

    BTW- Baldwin is the safety valve. Still my favorite Hawk.

  12. wallinator says:

    We all hope Lynch bring Beast Mode to the Valley of the Sun, but if not, Turbin will do just fine. It’s so frustrating reading and watching the so-called “experts” actually pick Arizona to beat us. Are they watching the same tape? This game won’t even be close! If Seattle doesn’t win by double digits, I will be shocked!

  13. princeaden says:

    I think this game should be an excellent barometer for this season. My opinion is that we should win by 14 or more. If that happens, I would say we can reasonably expect 10 and 6. If we really struggle and eke out a win or even lose, I think we will hover around the .500 mark.

  14. Seahawks2620 says:

    I know everyone is excited, as am I, but let’s temper the expectations for week one just a see little bit. They are still a NFL team, albeit a mediocre one at that. Bottom line though, anything can happen in this league. That being said, I would also be taken aback if we were to lose this game. I won’t act as if we have already won the game though. Haha I know I know, what a Debbie downer.

  15. FleaFlicker says:

    45 minutes until a regular season game on TV. So stoked. Can’t wait until Sunday…

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Got to hand it to Holmgren, he sure fooled the cleavland Browns out of some easy money.

    So glad Allen didn’t make him President here!

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Seahawks2620- Mediocre? Why so much doom and gloom?
    I know,keep your expectations low and you won’t be disappointed.
    Not a bad strategy, however I prefer to expect this team to win this divison and rule the NFC on their way to multiple SuperBowls.

  18. What? We’re talking about Seahawks football and not the beer we drink?

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Nice jab BobbyK- weak, but nice try. Lol.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    Good point Bobby.

    No, Holmgren wasn’t President. Only Executive Vice President/General Manager and Head Coach, when he was hired. lol

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    So your saying Holmgren is not president of the Clevland Browns? Lol.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Dukeshire- you’re beerconfused. Lol

  23. raymaines says:

    Most of us have to work for a living, meaning that we simply can’t let our ego’s dictate whether or not we will continue to work. Holmgren is in a totally different place. It must be nice to simply decide IF we want to work. The bills are paid, this is all about ME.

    That’s probably the biggest thing that divides me from him. If I had 10 million in the bank I’d be so out of here. Mike Holmgren is ambitious and I’m just lazy. Power and control means nothing to me but money means nothing to MH.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – No. You are the one who’s confused. I was responding to your gratefulness he wasn’t President here. Hence, “… wasn’t President.” Come on, man. Slow down…

  25. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – The second sentence really should have given it away, if there was confusion after the first.

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Dukeshire- I was posting about Holmgren trying to land a job with the Seahawks before he got the president job with the Browns. Remember?

    That had nothing to do with his first time around.

  27. IBGoofy says:

    Whew! Anyone watch tonight’s Dallas game? They moved the ball VERY well… Glad we’re playin’ them at home…. I know, one game at a time, but just sayin’……
    Lynch playing game one, makes me feel a lot better… Love Turbin, but Lynch playing changes everything…. Should help Wilson get a comfortable start which is all he needs…

  28. Dukeshire says:

    Georgia – Your post was really clear that’s what you meant. At least how it reads to me. But if that’s the case then…

  29. Dukeshire says:

    … wasn’t really…

  30. RDPoulsbo says:

    I’m just impressed you got more than 3 words out of Lynch. Good job Eric.

  31. PugetHawk says:

    Lynch will be playing Sunday! “I stay ready” What a Beast!

  32. bobk3333 says:

    I’m not crazy about the Cowboys playing on Weds and getting 4 extra days to prepare for the Seahawks. That’s almost like getting another bye week.


  33. bobk3333 says:

    Winslow’s knees are a big factor.

    He is not injured, but he is fragile. Like his father before him, he has been hampered by bad knees most of his pro career and they have gotten worse the last couple of years. But even with the fragile knees he has been catching a lot of passes every year — so he hasn’t sat out much. The downside is that because of the knees, he is slow and doesn’t practice very much.

    Figure in his age — his father was forced to retire because of his knees about or below the age Winslow is now — and there is even more risk.

    So there are risks with his knees and he is not as good as he used to be, but he’s played in most every game with a lot of productivity as far as catches.

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