Sea­hawks RB Lynch prac­tices, but no guar­an­tee he will play

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ren­ton, wash.» Seat­tle Sea­hawks run­ning back Mar­shawn Lynch was set to prac­tice Wed­nes­day, but coach Pete Car­roll cau­tioned that was no in­di­ca­tion whether he would play in the NFC divi­sional play­off game at Carolina on Sun­day.

Car­roll said dur­ing his news con­fer­ence that Lynch would be eval­u­ated daily go­ing for­ward to de­ter­mine his avail­abil­ity for Sun­day’s game. Car­roll said he can feel that Lynch is “en­cour­aged” to go for it this week.

Seat­tle was ex­pect­ing Lynch to play last week against Min­nesota be­fore he made the late de­ci­sion not to travel with the team to Min­neapo­lis. Car­roll said Lynch did not have a set­back and just be­lieved he wasn’t ready to go.

Lynch has not played since Week 10 against Ari­zona, miss­ing the past eight games with an ab­domen in­jury.

Pan­thers get healthy B char­lotte, n.c.» Carolina Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said run­ning back Jonathan Ste­wart, wide re­ceiver Ted Ginn Jr. and safety Kurt Cole­man will play Sun­day against the Seat­tle Sea­hawks in the NFC divi­sional play­offs.

All three starters par­tic­i­pated fully in prac­tice Wed­nes­day.

“Those guys got a lot of good work in and (the bye week) served its pur­pose,” Rivera said.

Get­ting Ste­wart back will be a huge plus for the Pan­thers against the league’s No. 1-ranked run de­fense.

Ste­wart ran for 78 yards and two touch­downs in Carolina’s 27-23 win over Seat­tle on Oct. 18.

The Pro Bowl run­ning back ran for 989 yards and six touch­downs be­fore in­jur­ing his foot in Week 14 and missed the fi­nal three weeks of the reg­u­lar sea­son. Still, Carolina stretched its string of con­sec­u­tive 100yard rush­ing games to 27 with­out him.

The Pan­thers have the No. 2-ranked ground game.

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