Lynch says he will play Sunday

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Despite reports that he's likely to miss Sunday's season opener against NFC West division rival Arizona, all indications are that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch should be ready to go against the Cardinals.

"I feel good," said Lynch, when asked about his health.

Good enough to play on Sunday?

"I just stay ready, that's all," Lynch said. "It will be my body's decision. But I've taken the appropriate steps to make sure that I don't have to do something out of the ordinary to get ready. Just like I said, I stay ready."

Lynch also publically addressed his DUI charge in Oakland over the summer for the first time, saying he did not want to get into the specifics of the issue.

"That's getting handled," Lynch said. "That's a legal matter, so I can't speak on it. But I'm doing great as a person."

Lynch, 26, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol early on a Saturday morning when a police officer observed him driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland, weaving in and out of lanes in a white Ford van, and nearly colliding with two cars.

After failing a preliminary sobriety test, Lynch was taken into custody and transported to the Alameda County Sheriff department's north county jail in Oakland. Lynch submitted to a breathalyzer test, and the test came back positive that his blood alcohol content level was over the state's legal limit of 0.08.

The Alameda County District Attorney's office filed charges against Lynch for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Lynch participated in Seattle's walk-through on Wednesday, but did not practice with the team in Seattle's afternoon, two-hour workout on the field.

Coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch's back spasms were a lingering issue from the team's preseason game at Denver Aug. 18. Lynch missed the last two weeks of practice with back spasms, and hasn't played since the team's second preseason game at Denver.

The plan now for Seattle is to take a day-by-day approach on Lynch's injury, and see where they wind up at the end of the week.

If Lynch can't go, Seattle has to feel better than it did last year with rookie Robert Turbin in the fold. The Utah State product finished with 165 yards on 38 carries in the preseason with a 25-yard run for a score, for a 4.3 per-carry average.

"Right now, (Robert) Turbin will take all of the first-team snaps and get us ready," Carroll said. "We'll be prepared to rotate our guys just like we always do. And Lump (Kregg Lumpkin) will be ready to go if we need him to. But you can't cancel Marshawn out right now. It's too early to know that. He looked fine today."

27th regular-season meeting. Cardinals lead series, 14-12. Seattle has won three of its last four games against Arizona. The two teams split last year. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals at CenturyLink Field, 13-10, while Arizona won the season finale in the desert, 19-17.

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