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Running backs questionable

Seattle and Arizona each enter Sunday's game with an uncertainty at running back as the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch and the Cardinals' Beanie Wells were both listed as questionable.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — Seattle and Arizona each enter Sunday's game with an uncertainty at running back as the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch and the Cardinals' Beanie Wells were both listed as questionable.

Lynch practiced Friday, the second consecutive day he worked out after sitting out the previous two weeks because of back spasms. Coach Pete Carroll listed his starting running back as questionable and said his availability for the season opener would be determined Sunday.

"He made it through all of the work," Carroll said. "He looked good, but it's still day to day. We've got to see how he responds (Saturday) so it takes us all the way to game time to make sure everything is all right."

Wells has been recovering from offseason knee surgery, his play limited during training camp. He had not appeared on Arizona's injury report until Friday when he was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

Lynch suffered back spasms after playing in Seattle's second exhibition game, which was Aug. 18 in Denver. Lynch played a quarter, which turned out to be his only action in an exhibition game.

He was listed as a limited participant in practice Friday, the same status he was listed at Thursday. He sat out Wednesday's workout. Questionable translates into a 50 percent chance he will play.

Lynch said after practice he felt "pretty good" and he could play if he's cleared by trainers.

Receiver Golden Tate is out because of a sprained knee he suffered in the final exhibition game, which means Braylon Edwards likely will start in his place at split end.

Quarterback Matt Flynn was limited in practice for the second consecutive day because of a sore elbow. He is available if needed, Carroll said.

"We're just resting it to make sure this thing doesn't flare up," Carroll said

Rookie defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (hamstring) and offensive guard James Carpenter (knee) are also out while defensive back Byron Maxwell is doubtful because of a shoulder injury.

Captain's call

Seattle voted on its captains for the season, electing center Max Unger on offense, defensive end Red Bryant on defense and Michael Robinson and Heath Farwell for special teams.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or doneil@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter @dannyoneil

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