A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Sept. 6:
Marshawn Lynch. Another day another chapter in the will-he-play saga of the Seahawks’ leading rusher as the team continues to prepare for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Cardinals in Arizona.
Lynch took part in today’s two-hour practice, on a limited basis. But there was nothing limited about his efforts on the few touches he got before giving way to rookie Robert Turbin. Lynch displayed the explosive one-step-and-go style in getting through the line that is required to run in line coach Tom Cable’s system. There also were the multiple changes of direction, with accompanying dips and ducks, that were such a part of Lynch putting up career-high totals in rushing yards (1,204) and touchdowns (14) last season.
But Lynch’s carries and receptions were limited, and that was before he shed his helmet and watched the end of practice.
As encouraging as it was to see Lynch get his most extensive action since being sidelined by back spasms after the Aug. 18 preseason game against the Broncos, the contrast between his limited carries and unlimited activity while carrying the ball played in coach Pete Carroll’s assessment from Wednesday when asked about Lynch’s availability from Sunday.
“We’ll see how he responds each day with the work that he does from the day before, and we’ll go from there,” Carroll said.
Doug Baldwin. Another player on the mend is last year’s leading receiver, and if you didn’t know Baldwin missed the entire preseason because of a hamstring injury you simply won’t know by how he has performed in practice the past two days.
“I feel great, definitely,” Baldwin said. “It’s been a long time coming, but I definitely feel a lot better.”
It has showed during practice, as Baldwin has shown how quickly he was been able to rekindle the chemistry with rookie QB Russell Wilson.
“A lot of people, they harp on the rapport with the quarterback,” Baldwin said. “But if you’re in the meeting room and if you’re communicating, and you’re watching film together, that stuff – that timing stuff – that’s all resonated in verbiage. So when I get out there, he has a sense of what I’m going to do.”
Offered Wilson, “Doug’s done a great job. I’ve thrown with him a lot during the summer and during his off time. We threw this weekend some, so that helps get the chemistry back between me and him.”
The Cardinals’ defense. It is coordinated by former University of Washington and Mount Tahoma High School defensive back Ray Horton, who earned his graduate degree in how to coach defensive confusion while working under Dick LeBeau with the Steelers and playing for him when both were with the Bengals. The task on Sunday will be stopping a Seahawks running game that averaged a league-best 178.3 yards during the preseason and pressuring Wilson in his first regular-season start.
The key to the D remains the Pro Bowl tandem of safety Adrian Wilson and tackle Darnell Dockett. But there’s plenty more for the Seahawks to be concerned with.
“They have a very good group,” Carroll said. “Darnell Dockett is a terrific football player. (End Calais) Campbell is a terrific football player. (Linebacker O’Brien) Schofield is a guy we loved coming out. Even though he was banged up, we still loved him in the draft. Adrian Wilson is an amazing player.
“They utilize them well because they attack so much. This is a very aggressive group of guys. They’ve done a nice job with instruction on what they do and what they ask of them. They cause problems.”
The official report, as released by the team:
Did not practice
WR Golden Tate (knee)
DE Greg Scruggs (hamstring)
CB Byron Maxwell (shoulder)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
OG James Carpenter (knee)
QB Matt Flynn (elbow)
With Tate still out, Braylon Edwards continued to work at split end. Practice-squad QB Josh Portis ran the scout team as Flynn rested his right elbow. Carpenter got some snaps at left guard with the No. 1 and No. 2 lines as he continues his return from the season-ending knee injury he sustained last November.
For the Cardinals:
S Rashad Johnson (abdomen)
LB O’Brien Schofield (knee)
G Adam Snyder (elbow)
WR Andre Roberts (ankle)
CB Greg Toler (hip)
TE Rob Housler (hamstring)
RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (groin)
PRACTICE SQUAD SHUFFLE
Offensive lineman Tommie Draheim and tight end Gabe Miller have been signed to the practice squad. To clear spots on the eight-man squad, lineman Edawn Coughman and linebacker Allen Bradford were released.
Draheim (6-4, 309) played tackle at San Diego State and then signed with the Packers as a free agent after the NFL Draft this year. He was released last Friday on the roster cut to 53 players. Miller (6-3, 257) played linebacker at Oregon State and was drafted by the Chiefs in the fifth round last year. He also was released on the roster cut to 53.
The players will practice on Friday morning, their final full session before the team leaves on Saturday for Sunday’s game in Arizona.
COACHES OF THE WEEK
Joe Cronin of Cascade and Jim Shapiro of King’s are the first-week recipients of the Seahawks’ NFL High School Coach of the Week honor. Cronin’s Bruins defeated Shorewood 20-12 in their opener, while Shapiro’s Knights posted a 42-39 victory over Lynden.
The weekly recipients in the program, which is co-sponsored by Sterling Bank, receive a $500 cash donation for the football program and a $225 gift card from Sports Authority.
YOU DON’T SAY
“Is it true? It’s definitely true (that she’s the best athlete in the family). She’s the real deal. She’s an All-American. She scores 30 points a game and she’s getting recruited already by all these colleges. She’s a pretty talented girl. She’s got me all day one-on-one. The thing is, I’m worried about she may be taller than I am. As soon as she gets taller than me, I may have to get her at the knees.” – a smiling Wilson, on his 15-year-old sister, Anna