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Bobby Wagner game-time decision Sun. to play vs Panthers; Marshawn Lynch expected to return

The Seahawks list All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and offensive cornerstone running back Marshawn Lynch both as questionable for Sunday’s home game against unbeaten Carolina. But the team expects Lynch to play after he missed the last two games with a strained hamstring, while Wagner’s playing status for the Panthers will be a game-time decision.

Lynch practiced fully for the second consecutive day on Friday. He hadn’t done that since Sept. 17 and 18.

“We’re counting on him playing,” coach Pete Carroll said Friday afternoon of the NFL’s leader in rushing yards and touchdowns since 2011.

That means undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls goes back to the bench Sunday after two 100-yard games in the last three weeks while Lynch was hurt.

Wagner did not practice Wednesday and Thursday but was on the field practicing in a limited role Friday. He got hurt early in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s loss at Cincinnati but missed just two plays before playing the remainder of the final period plus overtime.

Usual starting outside linebacker K.J. Wright would move inside to start at middle linebacker if Wagner can’t play. Wright said he thinks Wagner will play against the Panthers -- in fact Wagner told him he would.

“He's tough enough to play with it,” Carroll said. “It's whether it's the right thing to do.”

One factor about Wagner playing or not playing Sunday: The Seahawks have to play again four days later, next Thursday at San Francisco.

Here is the rest of the Seahawks’ and Panthers’ injury report, with Carolina getting back star linebacker Luke Kuechly after he missed three games with a concussion: