Seahawks’ Pete Carroll noncommittal about Marshawn Lynch practicing this week

Dec 28, 2015, 11:02 AM | Updated: 11:28 am
Marshawn Lynch last played Nov. 15 against Arizona, which was 10 days before his abdominal surgery. (AP)

Marshawn Lynch last played Nov. 15 against Arizona, which was 10 days before his abdominal surgery. (AP)

Marshawn Lynch’s status is still very much up in the air.

A report from the NFL Network on Sunday stated that the Seahawks running back is expected to return to the Seattle area “sometime in the middle of this week” and that he could possibly practice and play in next week’s regular-season finale at Arizona.

Coach Pete Carroll said during his appearance on “Brock and Salk” Monday that Lynch was in town recently, but he was noncommittal about when Lynch will resume practicing let alone play for the first time since his abdominal surgery on Nov. 25.

“We’ll see how he’s doing,” Carroll said. “I know he was up in town here, he had something going on here over the weekend. It’s all just dependent on how he’s responding and it’s really day-to-day. He’s trying to get back and get right. He’s working really hard and he’s challenged every day on his workouts, so that’s what’s important. When he’s ready to get back and have a chance to play football then we’ll kick it into high gear.”

Lynch has been rehabbing with a trainer in San Francisco. He last played Nov. 15 against Arizona, which was 10 days before his surgery.

Carroll was asked how much Lynch would need to practice before playing.

“It depends on how far back he is, I think,” Carroll said. “If he’s really ready to go, he’s ready to go. We’ll have to wait and see when we get him on the practice field.”

Carroll said the statuses of left tackle Russell Okung and strong safety Kam Chancellor are also uncertain. Chancellor has missed the last two games with a bruised tailbone while Okung didn’t play Sunday because of a calf strain. Neither player practiced at all last week.

Carroll said Okung has yet to even begin running.

Of Chancellor, Carroll said: “Kam made some progress but it’s still been very slow for him and it’s been a very difficult injury. He’s fighting it to get back. He was a little bit better yesterday, I understand. I didn’t see the workout with him but the guys said that he’s a little bit better. But it’s still a battle. We don’t know that, that he’s going to make it back yet.”

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