Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball for a 15-yard gain against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Marshawn Lynch made only a cameo appearance last week against the San Diego Chargers but is now primed for his biggest audition of the preseason.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Lynch will get some touches in their third preseason game Friday night against the Chicago Bears. Lynch was on the field for just two snaps against the Chargers and did not touch the football in his preseason debut last week.
“It’s time for him to get some carries and get involved a little bit," Carroll said after Friday's walkthrough practice. "I really could not be more pleased with the conditioning level that he’s had, the consistency of practice and his preparation has been great. He’ll be ready to go and I know he’s looking forward to that too.”
The third preseason game serves as the final major tuneup for many of the starters before the team's regular season opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.
The offensive line could get some time together completely intact for the first time this preseason as well. Carroll wouldn't say that the group would, if fact, all play on Friday, but the line has been practicing together since Russell Okung (foot) and Max Unger (groin) returned to workouts.
"It makes a big difference in this position, more than any other position in the game," Carroll said. "It's great to see it out there. ... We continue to practice togther, which is really good, you'll see who plays tomorrow night."
Carroll seems to be very pleased with the progress with rookie right tackle Justin Britt. It appears the starting job at that position is becoming close to be solidified.
"His progress has been really solid," Carroll said. "He’s making great strides to be a legitimate starter. I’ve said before it’s all in his makeup that really kind of substantiates that he’s able to do this and handle this so it’s gone great so far."
Safety Kam Chancellor, and linebackers Malcolm Smith and Korey Toomer could get their first game action of the preseason on Friday night.
Carroll said all three "were ready to play some football."
Chancellor missed the start of camp while recovering from offseason hip surgery. Smith (ankle) and Toomer (hamstring) each returned to practice this week.
Carroll said defensive tackle Michael Brooks was set to have knee surgery on Thursday after suffering a knee injury in practice. He played in the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos but did not play last week.
Linebacker Horace Miller suffered a knee strain against the Chargers and is on crutches.
Carroll said the team hopes linebacker Bobby Wagner can return to practice next week. He's missed most of camp with a hamstring strain. Linebacker Bruce Irvin has a chance to return to practice next week as well. Irvin has been on the physically unable to perform list with a hip injury.
Defensive tackle Jimmy Staten is progressing from a hamstring strain and has been running on the field after practice. However, Carroll said it will be race to get him back before the final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders next Thursday.
Wide receiver Kevin Norwood also is progressing from surgery to remove a bone spur from his foot. He could return to practice next week but is on a similar timetable to Staten.
Receiver Bryan Walters is not going to play against the Bears due to a rib injury.