Running back Marshawn Lynch got his usual Wednesday off as the Seattle Seahawks began their final series of practices for Sunday's Super Bowl. Lynch was the only Seattle player not to participate as the Seahawks practiced indoors at the New York Giants team facility.
Lynch has been typically given Wednesday's off for much of the season. Seattle opened the doors to the Giants' facility midway through practice in an attempt to simulate the temperature the Seahawks are likely to see Sunday against Denver. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was a full participant after being held out of all three practices last week with a hip injury.
Baldwin was banged up against San Francisco in the NFC championship game.
Brandon Mebane was also a full participant after an ankle injury slowed him last week.
The Broncos braved the cold for their first full practice of Super Bowl week, working in pads for nearly two hours after a 30-minute walkthrough session Wednesday. Denver practiced on the synthetic turf outdoor field at the New York Jets training facility. By the end of practice, the temperature dipped to 21 degrees. "It was great," Broncos coach John Fox said after practice.
"We're pretty much weather-proof. We practice in this stuff all the time.
Being in Denver, we've played in a few different elements.
We practiced numerous times in single digit, played in single digit, played in wind. We've practiced in snow many times.
We're pretty much ready for anything." Fox has chosen not to use the indoor field at the Jets plush headquarters for practices this week, opting for the synthetic turf outdoor field and the type of natural elements that will greet his team at Met Life Stadium on Super Sunday.