Richard Sherman questionable; Thomas Rawls back for Seahawks

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Kansas City Chiefs v Seattle Seahawks

RENTON -- While officially listed as questionable and a game-time decision for the Seahawks, it's seems unlikely that cornerback Richard Sherman will miss Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Sherman did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday while dealing with a hamstring issue that arose in last week's game against the Green Bay Packers. He returned to limited participation in practice on Friday and head coach Pete Carroll sounded optimistic about Sherman's status.

"He did well today. He practiced the whole practice today," head coach Pete Carroll said. "He missed a couple days to rest, we'll see how he is tomorrow all the way to game day but he looked really good."

"His attitude about being injured and whether he can play or not is so far off the charts courageous and determined, committed, he just won't accept it. ... He looks like he can play and he looked good today."

Sherman has started 91 straight games for Seattle dating back to the middle of the 2011 season, his first in the NFL. Sherman was inserted as a starter after injuries to Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond left the team thin for their game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It's a role he's never relinquished in becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the league ever since.

"We're just being cautious with him," defensive coordinator Kris Richard said. "We'll see whether or not he's going to be available. I know he's preparing as if he is and will be available. I think it will be a coach's decision."

Richard also wasn't envisioning a scenario where Sherman wasn't going to play.

"I'm not even considering that. It's never happened here," Richard said.

Sherman has rarely even come close to missing a game due to injury. The most pressing situation was an injured elbow sustained in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers in January, 2015. He finished that game and played two weeks later in Super Bowl XLIX. He also sustained a sprained ankle in Super Bowl XLVIII, but the season, obvious, came to its conclusion that night.

Linebacker Terence Garvin is doubtful to play against the 49ers due to a shoulder injury sustained against the Packers. Garvin did not appear to be injured in Sunday's game and played 31 snaps. D.J. Alexander did get a snap at strong-side linebacker on the final possession, which could have been when Garvin was hurt.

"He's a little further away. He did not get to do as much stuff. We'll see," Carroll said.

Former 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite would be set to fill-in for Garvin should he be unable to play. Wilhoite missed last week's opener against the Packers as he continued to recover from a calf injury.

Running back Thomas Rawls is also set to return to the lineup after missing last week's game recovering from a high-ankle sprain.

Jeremy Lane not fined for ejection in Green Bay:

Cornerback Jeremy Lane was not fined for Sunday's ejection for "throwing a punch" against the Green Bay Packers.

Lane played just six minutes before he was dragged to the ground by Packers receiver Davante Adams. Officials believed they saw Lane throw a punch as the two went to the ground and Lane was ejected from the contest.

The decision by the league would seem to imply they felt the ejection was in error as well.

Lane said in the locker room after practice on Friday that his agent had been waiting to hear if he would be fined for the incident.

"I guess I can tell him it's not coming," he replied.

Lane also said the fact he wasn't fined doesn't take away the sting of being ejected in the first place. He said he had prepared hard for the Packers game and really wanted to play against them, only to have it come to an early conclusion.

"I can't get that game back," he said.

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Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 25: Wide receiver Albert Wilson #12 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 25, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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