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Good injury news gets better for Seahawks three days before opener at Green Bay

Thomas Rawls hasn’t played since Aug. 13 because of a high-ankle sprain. But the Seahawks’ lead running back was a full participant in practice for the second straight day, increasing his chances of playing in Sunday’s opener at Green Bay.
Thomas Rawls hasn’t played since Aug. 13 because of a high-ankle sprain. But the Seahawks’ lead running back was a full participant in practice for the second straight day, increasing his chances of playing in Sunday’s opener at Green Bay. AP

RENTON Good news got better for the Seahawks on their second practice report of the regular season.

Frank Clark joined Tyler Lockett and Thomas Rawls as full participants on Thursday. That’s the best indication yet all will play Sunday in the season opener at Green Bay.

Clark had been limited Wednesday by a wrist injury he sustained in the third preseason game, against Kansas City on Aug. 25. The defensive end who had 10 sacks last season is surely a big part of the defensive game plan against two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ passing game.

Lockett has yet to play a game since he broke two bones in his leg on Christmas Eve, those he’s been practicing fully for weeks. Coach Pete Carroll has said multiple times when Lockett returns to play he will be full go in all aspects, including as the kick returner for which he got selected to the Pro Bowl two seasons ago as a rookie.

Rawls hasn’t played since the lead running back had two carries and 5 yards in the preseason opener at the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 13. He’s had a high-ankle sprain, and Carroll termed him on Wednesday as “questionable” for the opener. That increased the possibility of former Packers running back Eddie Lacy being Seattle’s No. 1 ball carrier Sunday against his former team, but Rawls has practiced fully in both workouts since his coach termed him iffy to play.

“He’s had an ankle (issue); it’s been a lingering high-ankle that hasn’t quite subsided yet,” Carroll said Wednesday. “He’s really close. He practiced Monday and we’re trying to get him back, and we’ll see how it goes.”

Richard Sherman was a new addition to the injury list with a thigh injury. But the three-time All-Pro cornerback hasn’t missed a practice or even been limited in one because of it.

Carroll had said the team would have to wait until Friday to know if the five veterans who left the team for a week at the end of last month -- Pro Bowl defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, Lockett, starting left guard Luke Joeckel and linebacker Michael Wilhoite -- to get regenokine blood treatment on aching joints would be able to play at Green Bay. Yet all but Wilhoite have practiced fully all this week.

Wilhoite remains out with a strained calf, so Terence Garvin is likely to be the strongside linebacker Sunday.

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