Seahawks Are As Healthy As It Gets For Playoffs
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By Chris Cluff
Funny how the prospect of playing in the postseason is enough to get a team “healthy,” really fast.
Running back Marshawn Lynch (back) was the only Seattle Seahawk limited in practice Wednesday, as he has been nearly all season, and the Seahawks figure to have everyone for their wild-card playoff game in Washington on Sunday. That includes linebacker Leroy Hill, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury.
The Redskins, however, seem to have a few more injury issues, and none is bigger than the sprained right knee that quarterback Robert Griffin III has been playing on the last two weeks. He was fully engaged in practice Wednesday, but he continues to wear a brace on the knee, which he sprained Dec. 9 against Baltimore and which caused him to miss the Week 15 game at Cleveland.
He came back the next week against Philadelphia and completed 16 of 24 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 27-20 win. He struggled to throw the ball against Dallas last week, hitting just 9 of 18 passes for 100 yards, but he ran six times for 63 yards and a TD.
“Each week, I’ve been able to do more,” Griffin told reporters, per The Washington Post. “Today, I felt a lot better than I did last week, and that’s all you can ask for at this point.
“I’m 100 percent,” he told Seattle reporters. “Every time I step on that field, I’m 100 percent. My teammates know that. They know what I’m out there dealing with, I know what I’m out there dealing with, but when it comes to my mindset I’m 100 percent.”
He also said he has learned to take better care of himself during the game.
“The injury has shown me a lot — just from a quarterback perspective,” he said. “This game is not easy, but (the injury) did show me some things I can do to make the game easier for myself, easier on my body. … I’ve done a better job of protecting myself since the injury — sliding, getting down, getting all the possible yards I can and getting out of bounds. Sometimes, things have to happen like that for you to really, really grasp that. It’s shown me a lot.”
Four players did not practice for Washington: left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (knee), linebacker London Fletcher (ankle), cornerback D.J. Johnson (knee) and quarterback Kirk Cousins (knee).
- Probable: RB Marshawn Lynch (back).
- IR: DE Dexter Davis (hip), DT Jason Jones (knee), WR Charly Martin (calf), TE Cameron Morrah (toe), WR Ben Obomanu (wrist), CB Walter Thurmond (hamstring).
- Questionable: QB Kirk Cousins (knee), LB London Fletcher (ankle), S DeJon Gomes (knee), CB D.J. Johnson (knee), OG Kory Lichtensteiger (knee).
- Probable: LB Lorenzo Alexander (shoulder), DE Stephen Bowen (biceps), WR Pierre Garcon (foot), QB Robert Griffin III (knee), CB DeAngelo Hall (elbow), LB Ryan Kerrigan (anke), CB Will Montgomery (knee), WR Joshua Morgan (hand/foot), S Jordan Pugh (ankle), P Sav Rocca (right knee), S Madieu Williams (elbow).
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Chris Cluff worked as a sports editor and writer for The Seattle Times for 11 years and has written two books on the Seattle Seahawks. Since leaving the Times, he has written about the Seahawks and Seattle sports for Bleacher Report and the blog he shares with a fellow sportswriter, outsidethepressbox.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.