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NFL Team Report - Seattle Seahawks - INSIDE SLANT

The result in Denver Thursday night, when the Seattle Seahawks lost their preseason opener to the same Broncos team against whom they had won the Super Bowl in February, didn't matter much.

Some of what led to that result, though, did resonate with Seattle coach Pete Carroll. Specifically, 13 penalties for 131 yards and a host of other errors, including an interception in the final minutes that killed a potential game-winning drive when quarterback Terrelle Pryor tried to force a pass into tight coverage.

"We got in our own way a lot," Carroll said. "We had a lot of penalties and a lot of problems getting any kind of continuity with moving the football."

Penalties have long been an issue with the Seahawks under Carroll. In fact, Seattle led the NFL with 128 last season. While the NFL has new emphasis this year on defensive holding and illegal contact, which many have figured could impact the Seahawks as much as any team in the league, only one of Seattle's penalties against Denver involved play in the secondary -- a pass interference penalty.

The rest were largely procedural penalties, including two for false start in three plays on rookie offensive lineman Nate Isles.

Just as trouble against the Broncos was tepid offensive line play -- the Seahawks were sacked three times and got little real production out of their running game.

Those issues, though, were due in large part to playing with a makeshift offensive line with starting center Max Unger (groin), left guard James Carpenter (calf) and left tackle Russell Okung (toe) all out with injuries.

Carpenter and Unger will return this week when Seattle plays the Chargers on Friday, and Okung could be back soon, as well, which should go a long way toward solving the issues up front.

Starters could play more than the two series they got against Denver, and the Seahawks can use the time to get the offensive line to jell as much as it can.

Another position also getting back to full strength is tailback. Marshawn Lynch did not make the trip to Denver, one of 15 players who stayed home, having had little practice after holding out the first week of practice. But Lynch got his most extensive work in practice on Sunday with coach Pete Carroll saying he is in "great shape" and hinting he could play Friday against the Chargers.

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NFL Team Report - Seattle Seahawks - NOTES, QUOTES

--Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was cleared in a police investigation Wednesday night.

An accusation of assault and property damage was made against Lynch for an incident that occurred early Sunday morning.

The Bellevue (Wash.) police issued a statement Wednesday that read: "The Bellevue Police Department has determined that Marshawn Lynch was not involved in this incident in any way. The case remains an open and active investigation. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from Mr. Lynch and the Seahawks organization during this investigation."

After a woman made the claims regarding Lynch on Monday, the Seahawks released a statement on Tuesday that said, "While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus."

According to police, no domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation.