Seahawks and Panthers Week Six matchup should see return of Marshawn Lynch, Luke Kuechly

Marshawn Lynch was a full participant in Thursday's practice, an indication that Seattle's All-Pro running back will, indeed, be back starting (and starring?) Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for fellow All-Pro Bobby Wagner.

The Seahawks received startling news Wednesday night that fullback Derrick Coleman was arrested and jailed on suspicion of vehicular assault and hit and run. 

Fortunately, inside the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, the news was more positive and football-related. 

Coleman's normal partner in the backfield - Marshawn Lynch - returned to the practice field, participating in full for the first time in nearly a month. 

The last complete game Lynch played came in a Week Two loss against the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks are obviously hoping for a different result Sunday in a home game against the 4-0 Carolina Panthers. Getting Lynch back, of course, will help. 

Joining Lynch as a full participant for the first time this week was speedy outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who could see the most regular season action of his 2015 campaign against Carolina as the Seahawks may opt to move starting outside linebacker K.J. Wright inside to replace Bobby Wagner, who is considered questionable with an injury to his pectoral muscle. Like Lynch, Pierre-Louis has been dealing with a strained hamstring. If "KPL" does get the start, it will be the first of his NFL career. It is also possible that Seattle calls upon Wagner's back-up Brock Coyle to start. Coyle, however, is dealing with a sore knee. 

Another concern for Seattle is along the defensive line where Demarcus Dobbs was a limited participant Thursday due to a shoulder injury. Fellow defensive tackle Jordan Hill (strained quadriceps) is likely out for this game. Defensive ends Michael Bennett (non-injury) and rookie Frank Clark (hamstring) also didn't participate, though each is expected to be available Sunday. 

While the Seahawks can expect a jolt with the return of Lynch, the Panthers walk in undefeated, relatively fresh after last week's bye, looking for revenge for last year's Divisional Round playoff loss and get back superstar middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, who has missed the past month with a concussion. 

The biggest name among Carolina's injured players is defensive end Jared Allen, who the Seahawks faced in Week Three while he was a member of the Chicago Bears

The official injury reports for both clubs is listed below. 

Seattle Seahawks

Out

CB Marcus Burley (Hand)

Did Not Participate in Practice

DT Jordan Hill (Quadriceps)

CB Tye Smith (Hip)

LB Bobby Wagner (Pectoral)

DE Frank Clark (Hamstring)

DE Michael Bennett (Not Injury Related)

LB Nick Moody (Ankle)

Limited Participation in Practice

DT Demarcus Dobbs (Shoulder)

LB Brock Coyle (Knee)

Full Participation in Practice

RB Marshawn Lynch (Hamstring)

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Hamstring) 

Carolina Panthers

Did Not Participate in Practice

DE Jared Allen (Back)

T Daryl Williams (Knee)

Limited Participation in Practice

TE Richie Brockel (Hamstring)

LB A.J. Klein (Concussion)

G Amini Silatolu (Ankle)

Full Participation in Practice

WR Jerricho Cotchery (Ankle)

LB Luke Kuechly (Concussion)


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