Receiver Tyler Lockett was a new name on the Seahawks' injury report Wednesday, which otherwise revealed mostly good news
Seattle’s injury report for Wednesday featured good news in that running back Marshawn Lynch and strong safety Kam Chancellor were each full participants, appearing on track to resume their usual roles in the lineup for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game at Minnesota.
It also included one eyebrow-raiser with receiver Tyler Lockett listed as not participating with a hip injury.
Lockett was one of just two players listed as not participating, the other being DL Michael Bennett, who rested the toe injury he has dealt with all season.
Lockett played all of the Arizona game and the injury has not been mentioned by coach Pete Carroll leading to the idea that he was probably due to precautionary reasons — he attended the team’s practice. But that should become clearer over the next day or so.
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Seattle listed five players as being limited participants all of whom are coming off of recent injures — OLs Russell Okung (calf) an J.R. Sweezy (concussion), TE Luke Willson (concussion), CB Jeremy Lane (oblique) and DL Jordan Hill (toe).
However, Carroll said before practice he expected the team to be almost totally healthy for the game against the Vikings.
“Really just in general we have a lot of guys returning to practice right now,” Carroll said. “Sweezy comes back, Luke comes back, Russell Okung comes back to get some work. All of those guys are returning to us, so it’s a real boost for us with the guys coming back, if they’re able to get through the week.”
Asked if he expected all those players to play, Carroll said: “We’re very optimistic that they will. We’ve got to see what happens with the practice, and see if they can recover from it.”
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell also said after practice he expects Okung, Sweezy and Willson to be back this week.
“Any time you have all your guys, that’s the way you want to go into it,” he said. “Our sports science department and the training room, those guys work really hard as well to get those guys back, and to make sure that we can put a full, healthy squad out there. The guys work hard in their own right to be able to get back. It’s exciting to know that we’re not going to have a plug in here, plug in here, we’ve got all our guys. We’ll be able to go full speed.”
For the Vikings, defensive tackle Linval Joseph was listed as limited, and coach Mike Zimmer said he is hopeful that he will be able to play against the Seahawks. Joseph was one of four defensive starters who missed most or all of the game against the Seahawks on Dec. 6.
Running back Adrian Peterson did not practice for the Vikings Wednesday due to a lower back injury. But Peterson has also missed Wednesday and Thursday practices the last few weeks and has played and it is not expected that he will miss the game against the Seahawks.
Minnesota DT Kenrick Ellis (ankle) and FB Zach Line (illness) also sat out for the Vikings Wednesday DE Everson Griffen (shoulder) was also listed as limited.