RENTON – Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable due to an abdominal injury, but coach Pete Carroll sounded somewhat confident that he’ll be available for Sunday night’s showdown with the division-leading Cardinals.
“We think so,” Carroll said Friday. “He thinks he’s OK.”
Lynch’s injury didn’t come to light until Friday. Carroll said Lynch felt something in his abdomen at the end of practice on Thursday but didn’t think it was anything serious. He felt it again Friday morning, prompting the Seahawks to hold him out of practice as a precaution.
“I think it’s something that he’s had before, something that’s bothered him,” Carroll said, “so we treated him all day just to make sure we took care of him.”
Lynch missed two games earlier this season and the better part of a third due to hamstring and calf injuries. He returned in Week 6 against Carolina and has since rushed for 247 yards on 65 carries (3.8 average) and two touchdowns.
Carroll said Monday that he felt Lynch was completely back to normal following those injuries and noted that he should be fresher for the second half of the season than he usually is at the mid-point considering the time he missed.
If Lynch isn’t able to play Sunday, rookie Thomas Rawls would likely serve as Seattle’s No. 1 running back. Rawls replaced Lynch during the three games in which he was sidelined earlier this season and topped 100 yards in two of them.
Richardson ready, Lane not expected to play
Wide receiver Paul Richardson is expected to make his 2015 debut Sunday, but it doesn’t appear as though cornerback Jeremy Lane is ready to do the same.
Richardson tore his ACL in the divisional round of the playoffs last season and started practicing the week before the Dallas game. Carroll said the Seahawks will activate him from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Saturday. They will likely place wide receiver Ricardo Lockette on injured reserve, opening a spot for Richardson on their 53-man roster.
Lane practiced this week for the first time since breaking his wrist and tearing his ACL in the Super Bowl. The Seahawks’ history with Richardson and other players returning mid-season from serious injuries suggests they would like Lane to practice for at least another week before he starts playing.
So did Carroll’s comments when he was asked about Lane on Friday. Carroll said that while Lane has “done very, very well” in his first week of practice, it would be “early to bring him back” right now.
Lane is still on PUP and not on Seattle’s 53-man roster, so the team is not required to designate his status for Sunday’s game.
Okung, Willson probable
Even with Lynch’s abdominal issue and Lane’s doubtful status, Seattle’s roster is as healthy as it’s been in a while.
Left tackle Russell Okung (ankle/toe) is listed as probable and has appeared all week to be fine after missing the Dallas game. Tight end Luke Willson (toe) and defensive end Michael Bennett are also listed as probable. Bennett didn’t practice Thursday, but his absence wasn’t injury-related.
Defensive lineman David King is listed as doubtful due to a groin injury.