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October 26, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Pete Carroll expects Marshawn Lynch back, hopeful on Tarvaris Jackson

Posted by Danny O'Neil

RENTON -- Running back Marshawn Lynch is returning to practice, and expected to be available for Sunday's game against Cincinnati. Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will resume practicing with the first-unit offense, too, but his status will be more limited. Same for tight end Zach Miller and center Max Unger.

"We're getting some guys coming back that maybe could help us," coach Pete Carroll said. "We'll have to get through the week to figure that out. We won't know until game day on all those guys, but it's encouraging they're able to work more." Charlie Whitehurst started in Jackson's place, and had a quarterback rating of 35, second-lowest of all starting quarterbacks in the NFL in Week 7.

Jackson participated in the walk-through on Wednesday morning, taking most of the repetitions with the first-unit offense. He will be limited in the amount of throws he makes in the actual practices, though. "We have to really take it easy on him throwing," Carroll said. "We just need to steal as much time as we can before we really extend him."

Jackson suffered the injury in the third quarter of Seattle's Oct. 9 victory at New York. He sat out the Seahawks' pair of practices during the bye week, and while he was on the field for practice last week, he was limited to handoffs.

How much will Jackson practice with the first-unit offense this week?

"Throughout the week we'll sprinkle it in," Carroll said. "We've got get Charlie ready because we know he's ready to go. We'll work to bring him is what it will amount to now." Jackson is one of four offensive starters the Seahawks are expecting to get back this week. Unger is expected back after missing the last game because of a foot injury, but will be limited in practice Wednesday. Same for Miller, who is coming back from a serious concussion he suffered Oct. 9. Lynch is the starter who sounds very likely to be available.

"I think he's going to be fine for this game," Carroll said. "He feels much better already this week than he did last week at any time. His ankle is way better so I think we're moving in the right direction there."

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