EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Running back Marshawn Lynch got his usual Wednesday off as the Seattle Seahawks began their final series of practices for Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Lynch was the only Seattle player not to participate as the Seahawks practiced indoors at the New York Giants team facility. Lynch has been typically given Wednesday’s off for much of the season.
“Everybody’s fine,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “This is the day we rest Marshawn. Wednesday is always a rest day for him. We’ve been doing that for years, and it’s always worked out great. We’re in great shape. We’re just as fortunate as can be to be in this kind of shape this late in the year.”
Seattle opened the doors to the Giants’ facility during practice in an attempt to simulate the temperature the Seahawks are likely to see Sunday against Denver. The indoor temperature dropped to 36 degrees, close to the projected temperature on Sunday.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was a full participant after being held out of all three practices last week with a hip injury. Baldwin was banged up against San Francisco in the NFC championship game. Brandon Mebane was also a full participant after an ankle injury slowed him last week.
Team owner Paul Allen and general manager John Schneider watched practice from the sideline and spent a few minutes chatting with Lynch. The Seahawks practiced for 90 minutes and continued with their typical Wednesday routine of having some practice periods with the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense. Seattle also had meetings, a walkthrough and lunch.
Carroll said the team only plans to practice outside the next few days if they need to. He was pleased with the footing in the Giants’ facility.
“We had great tempo,” Carroll said. “The attention to detail was there . It was great work. You could tell how we carried it through all the way till the end of the practice. I was happy with what we did.”