Where is Marshawn Lynch? When will he play again?
He is “at large,” Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said cryptically and (somewhat) jokingly on Monday.
Lynch is not in Philadelphia anymore. That’s where the Seahawks’ star running back had been after his abdominal surgery, performed by a specialist there two weeks ago until he recently finished the first stage of rehabilitation at that same clinic.
The Seahawks power running back has not been in contact with his coach.
Monday, Carroll said the team’s original estimate of Lynch perhaps missing three or four weeks was way off. The coach made it sound as if Lynch returning for any of the final four regular-season games is iffy, at best. The final game is Jan. 3 at Arizona. The playoffs begin a week after that; Seattle (7-5) currently holds the sixth and final seed in the NFC.
“All the reports (are) that he’s doing really well,” Carroll said. “He’s left Philadelphia now. So we’ll see how it goes here the next few weeks, see how it comes around. It’s so much to ask him to jump in after three weeks. I don’t know how we could think that way. This is week three starting up now, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Carroll said he does not know when Lynch will be back at team headquarters for rehabilitation work.
“I haven’t talked to him so I’m not sure where we are with that right now,” Carroll said. “Right now, it’s still rehab.”
Where is Lynch now?
“I’m not going to report on that,” Carroll said. “He’s at large.”
That’s a pretty large “at large.”
“Nobody’s telling where you are, either, right?” Carroll said.
Internet postings over the weekend by fans at the University of California women’s basketball game against Stanford in Berkeley showed the running back attending that game a few miles from Lynch’s hometown of Oakland.
Lynch has missed the past three games with the abdominal issue he first felt in practice three days before he rushed for 42 yards on eight carries Nov. 15 in a loss to Arizona.
It’s not like the offense has suffered.
Rookie Thomas Rawls has rushed for 209, 81 and 101 yards in place of Lynch. Rawls has touchdown runs in each of the wins over San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.
Coupled with Russell Wilson going 68 for 88 passing (77.2 percent) with 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions, Seattle has scored 106 points in those three games. They scored 65 points in the last three games Lynch played before the surgery (two wins, one loss).
BEVELL A BYU CANDIDATE?
The Deseret News in Salt Lake City on Friday listed Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as a possible candidate to fill the head coaching vacancy at Brigham Young University in nearby Provo, Utah.
Since then, national reports are saying BYU is or will be interested in Bevell to replace Bronco Mendenhall, who left last week to lead Virginia.
“Just heard that walking down the hall. Is the job open? I didn’t know that,” Carroll said Monday.
“I’ve talked about ‘Bev’ in the past. He’s a great football coach. He can run the whole thing. I don’t know. I don’t even know if he’s interested. I haven’t talked to him or anything. I don’t know anything about it.
“He’s a fantastic candidate to be a head coach someday, there’s no question.”
Bevell, 45, has no known direct ties to BYU. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served a two-year LDS mission in Cleveland.
Carroll said WR Paul Richardson had a setback last week testing his injured hamstring, and that’s why Seattle put its speedy, second-round draft choice in 2014 on season-ending injured reserve. Richardson got hurt on his only catch of the season, a 40-yard sprint down the sideline last month against Arizona. He was out from January into November following reconstructive knee surgery. Carroll said the team doesn’t believe Richardson needs surgery for the hamstring and “we’re looking forward to a great offseason” for him. … Asked if DL Demarcus Dobbs (concussion) and DT Jordan Hill (toe) will be able to play Sunday at Baltimore, Carroll said “I don’t know that yet. Got to wait and see.” Both missed last weekend’s win at Minnesota.
Gregg Bell: @gbellseattle