Seahawks personnel updates: Marshawn Lynch has a chance to practice Wednesday
RENTON – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said there’s a chance that running back Marshawn Lynch returns to the team this week, which would put him one step closer to playing for the first time in more than a month.
Lynch is continuing to rehab from his Nov. 25 abdominal surgery in San Francisco. Whether or not he returns to the Seahawks’ facility this week depends on how he fares in his next two workouts, according to Carroll.
“He’s got a big day today and a big day tomorrow working out,” Carroll said Monday. “We’ll see how that goes. From what I understand he has a chance if those days go back to back and he does well then he might be in here for Wednesday. We’ll see.”
Carroll didn’t rule out the possibility of Lynch playing as early as Sunday’s regular-season finale against Arizona if he were to return to practice this week, nor did he indicate it would be likely.
“We’ll have to wait and see how he does,” Carroll said.
Lynch hasn’t played since Nov. 15, which was 10 days before he underwent surgery in Philadelphia for an issue that was related to a sports hernia. Lynch has been rehabbing at a San Francisco training facility called Empower Gym. Carroll said the Seahawks do not have a team representative there with Lynch and that they are receiving regular reports from the gym’s trainers, with whom the organization has a “long-standing” relationship.
“Those guys know him really well, and they’re the ones that for the last few years have really done great work with Marshawn,” Carroll said. “We’re trusting that they’re looking seriously at his preparation level, his endurance and all those things to give us a real indication moving forward.”
An NFL Network report on Sunday cited the gym’s founder and head instructor, Tareq Azim, as saying he has “no doubts that he’ll be leading the team and the organization when he needs to be there.” The author of the report, Ian Rapoport, said Lynch is expected to return to the Seattle area sometime this week.
Carroll was asked whether it would be realistic to pick up where he left off whenever he does return.
“It depends,” he said. “We have to see him play football and see if everything translates. He’s always come back in really good shape and he’s been fast and strong and has had his endurance and stuff like that, so we’re kinda hoping that’s the same when the time comes.”
Here are some more personnel updates from Carroll’s press conference:
• Strong safety Kam Chancellor (tailbone), left tackle Russell Okung (calf) and defensive tackle Jordan Hill (toe) all have a chance to return this week, though it’s not certain that they will. “We’ll see how it goes,” Carroll said. “We won’t know until late in the week, as always.” Asked if there’s any concern that Chancellor’s and/or Okung’s injuries could keep them out of the postseason, Carroll said the way each player has progressed suggests they would be able to return by next week at the latest.
• The early indications are positive for tight end Luke Willson, who left in the second quarter Sunday and didn’t return after sustaining a concussion. Carroll: “He’s already making progress, which is a really good sign for somebody that comes back from that. Often, the guys make no progress in the first two or three days. That’s good. We’ll see what happens though. We’ll take good care of him.”
• Carroll said the Seahawks are taking a new, unspecified measure to treat the toe injury that defensive lineman Michael Bennett has dealt with for years. Carroll: “It’s been kind of nagging him, and you can see it a little bit, but he’s still playing hard and playing tough and all that. It should be no problem with him playing this weekend, but we’re going to try to take a couple steps to see if we can help him a little bit.”
• Tight end Cooper Helfet and defensive lineman Cassius Marsh are fine after getting dinged up Sunday.