Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch goes from questionable to essential vs. Titans
Officially, Marshawn Lynch was questionable to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans after sitting out Friday’s practice with a sore hip. But he came up with one of his best games of the season.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Lynch, by the numbers
21 Carries, second-highest this season. He had 28 in the win over the 49ers last month.
4 Receptions, a season high.
155 Total yards, a season high. He had 143 in the win over the Texans last month.
Officially, Marshawn Lynch was questionable to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans after sitting out Friday’s practice with a sore hip.
Coach Pete Carroll, though, had said not to worry, that Lynch would be just fine.
And by the end of Sunday’s 20-13 win over Tennessee, the only question was whether it was Lynch’s running or receiving that proved more pivotal in the victory.
Lynch had 21 carries — his second-highest total of the year — for 77 yards and two touchdowns while also catching a season-high four receptions for a season-high 78 yards. One of Lynch’s touchdowns came on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the second quarter, the other a 3-yarder to put the game away.
Included in the receiving numbers was a 55-yarder on the first play of the fourth quarter with the score tied at 10 that led to Seattle’s go-ahead field goal.
Quarterback Russell Wilson said the play wasn’t really designed for Lynch, though he had reminded Lynch to be ready for the pass as they broke the huddle, just in case.
He said there were three other options, but “everybody was kind of covered and he comes out of the backside and makes a big play for us.”
Carroll said there was no real plan to get Lynch more involved in the passing game but “that’s just what happened, just what was there today. He’s a very good pass receiver and we prepare him to be involved in all the games.”
Lynch, as usual, was not available for comment afterward. But teammates were more than happy to speak for him.
“That’s the type of player we know him as,” said receiver Golden Tate. “He’s going to come up big when you need him.”
Wilson could hold in the future
The backup holder isn’t a job that finds itself in the spotlight much.
But it did Sunday when Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka was injured on a kickoff in the second quarter and taken to the locker room for tests to see if he had a concussion. Hauschka passed the tests and eventually returned. But not until backup safety Chris Maragos was the holder on a field-goal attempt by punter Jon Ryan on the final play of the first half. Maragos fumbled the snap, then lost the ball as he tried to get away, and Tennessee returned it 77 yards for a touchdown.
Afterward, coach Pete Carroll said that if the team needs another holder in the future that the job will likely fall to Wilson.
Wilson, in fact, practiced a few holds before the second half and then reminded reporters later he has worked in the past with Hauschka — each was on the roster at North Carolina State in 2007.
Cornerback Brandon Browner was sidelined for a handful of drives in the first half, but coach Pete Carroll said Browner wasn’t injured.
“Just gave him a break,” Carroll said.
Walter Thurmond relieved Browner after the latter struggled on Tennessee’s second drive of the game.
• Defensive end Chris Clemons suffered a hyperextended elbow in the game. Carroll said X-rays were negative but added that “it might be hard” for Clemons to play in Seattle’s Thursday night game at Arizona.
Tight end Zach Miller (hamstring) “will be back for sure” against Arizona, Carroll said. Carroll said Miller was close to playing against Tennessee.
Safety Kam Chancellor injured his ankle, but Carroll didn’t sound too concerned about it.
Staff writer Jayson Jenks contributed to this report.