Optimism is growing that the Seahawks may have Marshawn Lynch against the Bengals

The Seahawks listed their All-Pro back as a limited participant Thursday, perhaps signaling that Lynch could be available when the team faces the 4-0 Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

So, you're saying there's a chance...

Star running back Marshawn Lynch was officially listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice by the Seahawks sparking hope that the All-Pro running back might be able to play Sunday in a showdown with the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals

Getting Lynch back -- he has missed most of the past two games due to a strained hamstring-- would be huge for Seattle, which enters the game as a current three point underdog.

The Bengals haven't allowed a rushing touchdown through four games this season and, at least on paper, the Seahawks wouldn't appear likely to be able to change that -- as the club hasn't ran for one yet. Both numbers, however, would appear deceiving as the Bengals have jumped out to early leads against the Oakland RaidersSan Diego ChargersBaltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs -- teams that are a combined 6-10 thus far this season. Behind the wizardry that is Russell Wilson and steady running from backup Thomas Rawls, the Seahawks are still averaging 128 yards per game in the NFL -- good for 7th in the league -- and that number will rise once BeastMode returns.

Getting Lynch back wouldn't just help the running back, however. Lynch is an underrated part of Seattle's passing game, emerging as a legitimate receiving threat and a cognizant blocker, when necessary. Given Seattle's struggles in pass protection thus far this season, any help would likely be welcomed by Wilson.

In other good injury news for the Seahawks, run-plugging nose tackle Brandon Mebane was a full participant Thursday.

Meanwhile, Marcus Burley, Demarcus DobbsTharold Simon, Kevin Pierre-Louis,  Tye Smith and Fred Jackson did not participate and are considered questionable for Sunday's 10 am Pacific kickoff.


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