Despite having the second-most carries in the NFL, running back Marshawn Lynch is feeling fine, as is the rest of a Seahawks team that has no major injuries deep into the season.
RENTON — Carry on.
That was the conclusion coach Pete Carroll came to after he asked running back Marshawn Lynch an age-old question earlier this week.
“What are you, 27? 28?” Carroll asked. “How old are you?”
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Lynch told his coach he was 26 years old, and wouldn’t be 27 until April.
“I’m thinking we’ve got to load him up,” Carroll said. “We’re taking it too easy on this guy.”
Hardly. Lynch has carried 212 times this season, second-most in the league behind Houston’s Arian Foster. It’s the most carries Lynch has logged 10 games into an NFL season, and while he has gained more than 100 yards each of the last four games, is there any worry he might wear down?
“He’s doing fine,” Carroll said. “He’s really done a beautiful job of taking care of himself. … I’m not worried about it at all, honestly. I told him we’re going to give it to him more.”
Well, let’s not get carried away. Lynch carried 27 times in Week 10, matching his third-highest total from any game in his NFL career. His four straight 100-yard performances match the franchise record, set by Shaun Alexander in 2005.
“He’s not going to turn it down,” said Darrell Bevell, Seattle’s offensive coordinator. “He’s going to take it every time.”
For now, Lynch, like everyone else on Seattle’s roster, is feeling pretty good. All 53 players on the active roster practiced without limitation Friday. Defensive tackle Red Bryant returned from a foot injury that kept him out of Thursday’s workout, while guard James Carpenter was cleared to return from the concussion that kept him out the past two games.
That leaves Carroll the choice of reinserting Carpenter, the team’s first-round pick in 2011, at left guard or sticking with John Moffitt, a 2011 third-rounder who started the past two games there.
“That will be a game-time decision,” Carroll said.
It’s a sign of the luxury Seattle has, given the relative health of a roster that has lost only one player to injured reserve since the season started. At a time when many teams are forced to adjust to injuries, the Seahawks are trying to pick from among three offensive guards with extensive starting experience and determine whether Walter Thurmond will be active for the first time this year.
“Sometimes, you’re kind of scrambling to figure out who you’re going to put up,” Carroll said. “That’s not the case right now.”
Instead, the Seahawks are healthy across the board with a running back who is hitting his stride despite a heavy workload.
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