DENVER – Running back Marshawn Lynch was among 17 Seahawks who entered the game not expected to play, most of whom stayed in Seattle.
Most who were held out are recovering from injuries, and some could have played had it been the regular season.
As for Lynch, coach Pete Carroll said on Wednesday that he “needs a lot of work to get back’’ after holding out the first week of training camp.
He also has indicated that Lynch won’t do much in the preseason.
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Lynch also played sparingly in the preseason a year ago, getting five carries for nine yards.
Others who sat out against Denver were: WR David Gilreath, S Kam Chancellor, CB Akeem Auguste, S Eric Pinkins, LB Mike Taylor, LB Bruce Irvin, LB Malcolm Smith, LB Bobby Wagner, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB Korey Toomer, C Max Unger, DT Jimmy Staten, OL Russell Okung, OL James Carpenter, WR Kevin Norwood and DT Jordan Hill.
Of those, two that had not been previously revealed concerned Unger and Hill. Carroll said each has groin issues.
“It was just better to give these guys this weekend off so that they’d be back hopefully next weekend (Seattle hosts the Chargers Aug. 15) and ready to go,’’ Carroll said.
The spot especially hard hit was linebacker, with rookie undrafted free agent Brock Coyle getting the start at middle linebacker. Seattle had just seven healthy linebackers for the game.
Mixed results for Michael
Christine Michael, vying for Seattle’s backup tailback spot behind Lynch, scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and showed solid hands with three receptions.
But Michael left mostly shaking his head, having fumbled once and also being called for a 15-yard penalty on a chop block.
“I actually feel like I could have done a lot better,’’ he said. “There’s a lot of stuff I need to go back home and work on and just hopefully get better. All the mistakes that I had, and not only that but not playing smart — I cost us 15 yards on a chop block, and that just wasn’t smart football. So I’ve got to go back home, clean that up and hopefully come back next week and do better.’’
Michael said he tried to throw a block on a blitzing defender and knows that “I should have just stuck up there and hit him up top’’ instead of going low.
• Cornerback A.J. Jefferson helped set up Seattle’s final scored when he picked off an underthrown Brock Osweiler pass on the final play of the third quarter, returning it to the Denver 24-yard line. But he then was carted off the field with a sprained ankle.
“I’m fine,’’ Jefferson said. “I think one of their guys that tackled me kind of landed on my ankle. But I think I will be all right.’’
• Aside from Jefferson, the only new injury for Seattle was a calf strain suffered by backup guard C.J. Davis.