Seahawks personnel updates: Marshawn Lynch progressing, but still no timetable on return

Dec 23, 2015, 2:48 PM | Updated: 2:53 pm
Marshawn Lynch had abdominal surgery on Nov. 25, 10 days after he last played in a game. (AP)
(AP)

RENTON – It is still anyone’s guess as to when Marshawn Lynch will be return to Seattle’s starting lineup or even the team’s headquarters, for that matter.

Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Wednesday that Lynch is still rehabbing away from the team. A report from FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer on Sunday stated that Lynch has been training with a mixed martial arts coach in San Francisco.

“I understand from our report just recently that he’s really doing well and he’s working really hard and when he’s ready to get back to football we’re gonna jump back in,” Carroll said.

Asked if that could be as early as next week, Carroll said: “Don’t know that yet.”

Carroll was noncommittal when asked if he’s counting on Lynch to return this season.

“Well, there’s a chance,” he said. “This is something that it’s possible for him to return, it’s possible for him to return. Fortunately we’re going to get to play longer, and the more we do that the better off his chance is to get back.”

Lynch hasn’t played since Nov. 15 against Arizona. He had surgery 10 days later to repair an abdominal injury that was related to a sports hernia. Carroll said last week that Lynch would continue his rehab away from the team, which is not common for players in his situation, i.e., those that have a chance to return at some point later in the season.

Carroll was asked if he would prefer Lynch to be rehabbing at the Seahawks’ facility.

“What he’s going through right now is basically the program he always goes through in the offseason,” Carroll said. “This is how he gets ready and gets in shape and I think this is what’s best for him. I think it’s a good choice for him to be where he is.”

Here are some additional personnel updates from Carroll’s press conference.

• Carroll said strong safety Kam Chancellor ran on a machine Wednesday for the first time since bruising his tailbone against Baltimore. Chancellor didn’t practice last week and sat out Sunday’s game against Cleveland, but Carroll said he’s “doing better.” Carroll: “He was so uncomfortable that he couldn’t do anything last week. We’ll see. He’s optimistic. He wants to try to get back to play this week. We’ll see what happens.”

• Carroll said the team is also in wait-and-see mode with left tackle Russell Okung, who strained his calf on Sunday. Carroll said Monday that a further examination indicated that the injury wasn’t too severe. He said Wednesday that Okung “is not feeling too bad” and that he will likely be a game-time decision.

• Tight end Anthony McCoy and defensive tackle Jordan Hill aren’t ready to resume practicing, Carroll said. McCoy missed Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle while Hill has missed the last three due to a toe injury.

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