Seahawks’ Pete Carroll confirms team meeting with Marshawn Lynch
A disastrous day of injuries for the Seahawks may result in the return of Beast Mode.
Marshawn Lynch, the Hall of Fame-caliber running back during Seattle’s back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, is meeting with the team Monday, a day after both starter Chris Carson and backup C.J. Prosise suffered injuries that ended their seasons.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday morning that Lynch was scheduled to meet with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and take a physical, adding that a source said “both sides are optimistic he is back wearing 24.”
Adding on to earlier NFL Network report, Marshawn Lynch is scheduled to meet today with Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll and take a physical, per source.
“Both sides are optimistic he is back wearing 24”, per source. And that would mean Lynch and Seahawks vs. 49ers for NFC West title.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2019
Just minutes later on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Pete Carroll Show, the Seahawks coach confirmed that Lynch would be at team headquarters Monday.
“He’ll be flying in here this morning and we’re going to give him a really good chance to come back and play for us,” Carroll said to Danny and Gallant. “I’m fired up for it. He’s got to get through hoops he has to jump through here, physical and stuff like that, but he’s been working really hard. He’s really excited about the chance to do something, helping out. I think it’s… great if he can get out there and tote the ball for us. The circumstances rolled just at this time. He could have four, five games left in him. Maybe that’s just what we need.”
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Lynch, 33, has retired twice, the last time being after the 2018 season, which was his second with the Oakland Raiders and his final year under a two-year, $9 million contract. That means he’s a free agent and can sign with any team should he decide to come out of retirement.
Lynch last played for the Seahawks in 2015, then sat out the 2016 season following his first retirement, which was memorably announced on Twitter during the Super Bowl.
In six games with the Raiders in 2018, Lynch ran for 376 yards and three touchdowns on 90 attempts. He was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury, ironically after a game against the Seahawks, to end his season.
Lynch spent five-plus seasons with the Seahawks after being acquired via trade from Buffalo in 2010. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in each season from 2011 through 2014, twice leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns.
Also on The Pete Carroll Show, the coach confirmed that Carson is out for the season with a fractured hip. It was previously stated that Prosise is done for the year with a broken arm. With Rashaad Penny already on IR with a knee injury, the Seahawks are down to their No. 4 running back, Travis Homer, going into a Week 17 game against the San Francisco 49ers at home that will determine the NFC West champion.
If Lynch does return, he would be with the team for a playoff run. And in case you forgot his postseason history with Seattle, this is what he did in his first playoff game for the Seahawks.
Where were you when Beast Quake occurred?
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 21, 2018