Friday, May 25, 2018
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Seattle star hobbled but is ready to play

RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks star RB Marshawn Lynch has a sprained foot but is expected to play Sunday against the Falcons, coach Pete Carroll said Friday.

Carroll, who did not disclose how the injury happened, said Lynch did not participate in practice Wednesday and Thursday but did so Friday and looked fine.

Asked what it would take for Lynch not to play, Carroll said, "Miss the flight? Doesn't show up in Atlanta?"

Falcons: Since the start of last season, WR Julio Jones has 27 catches of 25 yards or longer. Only the Bucs' Vincent Jackson and the Lions' Calvin Johnson have more. Jones credits receivers coach Terry Robiskie for his development over the first two seasons of his career.

"Terry isn't going to sugarcoat anything," Jones said. "If you mess up, you mess up. But he's going to show you how to correct it and what you need to look for."

49ers: Randy Moss has said little to the media about tonight's game against the Packers. And his three touchdown catches this season matched his fewest in a regular season. But the 14-year receiver has been a vocal force in the locker room, teammates said.

"He's been (in the playoffs) before," RB Frank Gore said. "And he's happy to be back to get to our goal."

Still seeking his first Super Bowl ring as he heads into his eighth postseason, Moss, 35, has shared his playoff experiences with his teammates.

"First- and second-year players … they wonder what it's like," coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Moss, in his first season with the 49ers after coming out of retirement, has not missed a day of practice. And he has been praised by coaches for his communication skills, with them and quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith. WR Michael Crabtree calls Moss his "big bro."

"Randy talks to us all the time," Crabtree said. "I'm in the room with Randy all day, every day."

Packers: Donald Driver, once Green Bay's biggest receiving threat, has been inactive for four of the past six weeks and hasn't caught a pass in nearly two months. But he wants to contribute.

"I said, 'I'd like to play special teams if you guys need me,' " Driver, 37, said. "The thing is, when you've played this long in your career, they don't think that a veteran guy wants to play because sometimes it's like a kick in the (butt). I didn't think that. I looked at it as an opportunity to play and have fun. I asked them, and they said, 'Sure.' We'll see."

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