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.