Marshawn Lynch practices; coaches encouraged by RB's progress

RENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, and coaches said they're encouraged by his progress.

"He looks good," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "I can't judge each and every day, but probably one of the best days that he had out here today. He's in there, he's moving around, he's making more cuts. Probably a little bit more tempo to it as well, so we'll just continue to go day to day with it."

Lynch underwent abdomen surgery on Nov. 25. He rehabbed in San Francisco before returning to the team last week. Lynch was a full practice participant for three straight days but determined on Friday that he didn't feel good enough to play against the Minnesota Vikings.

Bevell was asked if he was surprised by Lynch's decision.

"Surprised? Probably," he said. "He practiced the whole week, but only Marshawn knows how he's feeling, and it's something that we can't determine. I can't determine it by even watching him. It's a feel thing. He had surgery, they cut on him, and so he has to have a feel, and he has to feel very confident that he's going to be able to go out and do it. We don't just want him to go in and have a couple plays and be done. So we want him to be able to finish a game and continue to play. I think that's what he's trying to get a feel for."

Added offensive line coach Tom Cable, "To me, he looks the same. It's just a matter of recovery and feeling confident that he can play."

Pete Carroll has said the team will go day to day with Lynch all week to determine if he can play against the Carolina Panthers. On Friday, if he travels with the team, it will suggest that Lynch has made real progress.

If he can't play, Christine Michael will once again carry the load. Michael rushed 21 times for 70 yards in the Seahawks' win over the Vikings.