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Monday, August 11, 2014
Carroll likes what he sees from Lynch

By Terry Blount

RENTON, Wash. -- Ten days after ending his holdout, Marshawn Lynch looked like himself for the first time in Sunday’s practice.

The Seattle Seahawks' coaches have been taking it slow with Lynch since his return, but he was a full participant Sunday, running hard and looking like the man who has been one of the NFL’s best running back the last three seasons.

“He’s getting a lot closer,’’ Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Sunday. “He had a very good practice [Sunday]. We’re just trying to do it properly. I really liked the way he got after it today.

“He got stuff in all phases of the practice. He caught some balls well, blocked well and ran the ball real nice. So a really good first day. This is the first week he has a chance to really compete. He brought a great attitude [Sunday].’’

But don’t expect Lynch to get many carries Friday night in the preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at CenturyLink Field.

“He doesn’t need a lot of carries, I know that,’’ Carroll said. “We need to get him some work, so we’ll work him a little bit [and] see how this week goes first, and then we’ll make a determination.

“He looks great. He’s in great shape. He looks just as fit as he ever has. His weight is way down. He’s really worked hard to get here, and even through a trying time, he really kept his focus and did a nice job of getting ready. It showed [Sunday]. You can tell.”