Since the airline internet connection prohibited me from listening myself to coach Pete Carroll’s weekly day-after radio show on Seattle’s KIRO-AM, I’m relying here on 710 ESPN’s Brady Henderson for the news from the coach on this Seahawks Monday.
For only the second day since before abdominal surgery Nov. 25, the Seahawks’ lead running back is with the team inside its Renton headquarters.
Lynch had been training with his own people in his native Bay Area since about the first of Decemeber. Here’s why the Seahawks were cool with that.
Carroll said last week the team would have to see for themselves upon Lynch’s return how game-ready he is. He hasn’t played since Nov. 15, so it will be just short of two months since his last game when the Seahawks play their NFC playoff opener on Sunday at Minnesota.
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He has six 100-yard rushing days in his 10 career postseason games.
Carroll said last week if anyone could play three full practice days after being out so long, it would be the 29-year-old Lynch. This was his first major injury and surgery of his nine-year career, and to a man the Seahawks coaches and players believe Lynch will be able to jump right back into an offense that averaged 32 points per game led by Russell Wilson’s record-setting passing over the last half of the regular season.
Carroll said following Sunday’s 36-6 win at Arizona he was “very optimistic” the Seahawks would also be getting back from injury this week strong safety Kam Chancellor, left tackle Russell Okung, right guard J.R. Sweezy and tight end Luke Willson. That, along with Lynch, would leave Seattle as fully loaded as it has been since mid-November.
I expect to get more from Carroll about Lynch’s status for Sunday’s game during our weekly press conference with the coach in Renton beginning at 3 p.m. today.