Originally published Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Marshawn Lynch hits 1,000-yard rushing mark | Seahawks notebook

He's the first Seahawk since Shaun Alexander in 2005 to reach the mark.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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CHICAGO — Can you believe the Seahawks have their first 1,000-yard rusher in six years?

Coach Pete Carroll couldn't when he was informed that Marshawn Lynch had reached the milestone during Sunday's game in Chicago.

"Are you sure?" Carroll asked.

The disbelief had nothing to do with Lynch's performance this season, and everything to do with a game in which Seattle struggled to run the ball.

"We didn't get very many yards today," he said.

Lynch finished with 42 yards rushing, his fewest in a game since October. But that was enough to give him 1,011 this season, making him the first Seahawk since Shaun Alexander in 2005 to reach that mark. Only the Detroit Lions had gone longer without having a 1,000-yard rusher.

It wasn't Lynch's only achievement Sunday.

"I think more special than that is the fact that he scored in so many games in a row," Carroll said.

Lynch has scored in his past 10 games, breaking Alexander's franchise record. It should be noted that doesn't take into account that Lynch did not play at Cleveland in October because of back spasms.

Scary moment

Chicago receiver Johnny Knox will have surgery to stabilize a vertebra in his lower back after being taken from the field on a cart in the opening minutes of Sunday's game.

He left the game after getting caught between Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove on a first-quarter fumble.

Given how bad the play looked — Knox was bent backward as he reached up to try and recover the ball — the postgame update couldn't have been much better.

"Johnny has total movement throughout his body, has total use of all his extremities," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

The Bears said the injury is not career-threatening. The surgery is scheduled for Monday.

Cornering the market

Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner's fourth-quarter interception matched one franchise record, and his 42-yard return for a touchdown set another.

Browner matched the franchise record with an interception in his fourth straight game, a feat most recently accomplished by Eugene Robinson in 2002. Browner's scoring return gave him a team-record 220 yards of interception returns this season.

Tough break for Williams

Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams caught a team-high 65 passes last season. Until Sunday, he never really caught any momentum this season, When he finally did, with receptions on back-to-back plays in the third quarter, he suffered a leg injury that most certainly will end his season.

Carroll said Williams broke his left ankle. The receiver was helped off the field, unable to put weight on his left foot, and did not return.

"It's really unfortunate that happened," Carroll said. "We're going to miss him."

Williams, who had 18 catches for 236 yards this year, would be the second receiver Seattle has lost to a season-ending injury. Sidney Rice was placed on injured reserve last month after suffering two concussions in the span of three games.

Williams' injury leaves the Seahawks starting Ben Obomanu and Golden Tate, with Doug Baldwin, Deon Butler and undrafted rookie Ricardo Lockette also on the roster.


• Seahawks offensive lineman Jarriel King was out because of a hamstring injury.

• The Bears did not have quarterback Jay Cutler (broken thumb) and running back Matt Forte (knee), who were declared out Friday.

• Safety Earl Thomas recovered a fumble in the first half and intercepted a pass in the second. Seattle forced five turnovers, and the Seahawks are now 5-1 when they have more takeaways than turnovers.

The Associated Press contributed

to this report.

Seahawks' 1,000-yard rushers
Marshawn Lynch joins four other running backs in Seahawks history with a 1,000-yard rushing season.
Name No. Years (yards)
Shaun Alexander 5 2001 (1,318), '02 (1,175), '03 (1,435), '04 (1,696), '05 (1,880)
Curt Warner 4 1983 (1,449); 1985 (1,094); 1986 (1,481); 1988 (1,025)
Chris Warren 3 1993 (1,072); 1994 (1,545); 1995 (1,346)
Ricky Watters 3 1998 (1,239); 1999 (1,210); 2000 (1,242)
Marshawn Lynch 1 2011 (1,011)

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