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Marshawn Lynch practices fully for first time since Sept. 18, on track to return Sunday vs. Carolina

Marshawn Lynch was back Thursday -- which makes him very likely to be all the way back on Sunday for the Seahawks’ test against unbeaten Carolina.

The NFL’s leading rusher and touchdown maker since 2011 was a full participant in practice on Thursday for the first time since Sept. 18, two days before the Week 2 game at Green Bay. That is a strong indicator Lynch will start Sunday after missing the last two games with a strained hamstring.

Coach Pete Carroll said this week that upon Lynch’s return undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls, who had two 100-yard games while Lynch was out injured, will return to the bench in his limited fill-in role. Carroll said Rawls is likely to get eight to 10 carries per game now that Lynch is back.

Here is the rest of the practice report from Thursday:

Wagner is likely to be a game-time decision, Carroll says. The All-Pro middle linebacker strained his pectoral muscle early in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss at Cincinnati but missed only two plays before finishing the game.

Clark missing his second consecutive day with a new hamstring injury could mean a larger role for fellow end Cassius Marsh, who has been getting time on running and passing downs in the last few weeks.

Bennett was getting rest.