At least the Seahawks can now see Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham again. In person.
The star running back and tight end have returned to the team’s training facility to continue their rehabilitations from recent surgeries.
Lynch appeared Wednesday at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center after he had abdominal surgery in Philadelphia on Nov. 25, stayed there to begin his rehabilitation for another week-plus, then spent some time in his native Bay Area.
Coach Pete Carroll said he saw Graham just before the start of Friday’s practice.
Carroll said that “we’ll have to wait and see what happens next week” about whether Lynch will be able to return to practice. He had abdominal surgery Nov. 25 in Philadelphia. The coach didn’t have an estimate on when Lynch may be back playing in a game.
The Seahawks (7-5) have four games remaining in their regular-season push toward next month’s playoffs. The first of those games is Sunday at Baltimore (4-8).
“We’re still just going to wait,” Carroll said of Lynch’s recovery. “It’s a day-to-day thing that’s really going to be week-to-week. Not this week, for sure. We’ll see what happens next week.”
Rookie Thomas Rawls remains Seattle’s lead runner for the foreseeable future. He has 209, 81 and 101 yards in his last three games while Lynch has been out.
Graham had surgery on the patellar tendon in his right knee, which he ruptured late in the win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 29. He had surgery a few days later on the East Coast and had been rehabbing near his home in Florida until now.
“I just saw Jimmy this afternoon before he popped out (of the building). He’s on the mend, obviously,” Carroll said. “He had a tough week or so getting started on the rehab and all. Everything’s situated well. He feels pretty good. He’s finally back.
“Marshawn is working out with us in rehab, and he’s in the program here trying to get back, too. So much different situations, of course, but they’re both back at it and, hopefully, we can support these guys and give a chance to get them back as soon as possible.”
Graham needs to keep his leg extended for the next couple of months so the repaired tendon can heal. Carroll has said repeatedly that the Seahawks expect Graham back in time for the start of the 2016 regular season.
JIMMY CLAUSEN AGAIN?
Baltimore quarterback Matt Schaub — who’s been filling in for Joe Flacco, who is out for the season because of knee surgery — missed his third consecutive practice.
Schaub got pounded during last weekend’s 15-13 loss at Miami in which he threw two interceptions. One was returned for a touchdown, his third consecutive start with an interception returned for a score.
Jimmy Clausen has gotten all the first-team plays in practice this week for the Ravens. Baltimore lists Schaub as questionable, but it sure looks like Clausen will start at quarterback for Baltimore against the Seahawks.
Yes, that Jimmy Clausen, the one who started for Chicago on Sept. 27 at Seattle when Jay Cutler was hurt. Clausen threw for only 48 net yards passing as the Bears had him hand off repeatedly to Matt Forte in their 26-0 loss to the Seahawks.
“I don’t know that they’re going to do anything different; I don’t know how to do that. We’re just going with what we’re seeing,” Carroll said when asked if he’s preparing two defensive plans based on the QB scenario.
“The nature of changing would be because the quarterbacks were really different types of players, but otherwise they’ve got to run their offense and do the things that they do. So that’s what we’re kind of counting on; we’ll see what happens on game day.”
Carroll said there are similarities in the offense that Clausen ran in Chicago — until his release last month — and what Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman runs.
“Sure, sure. Yeah, there’s a lot of carryover. There’s a lot of base stuff in there that makes sense,” Carroll said. “Jimmy’s been around a long time. Marc Trestman’s been a longtime West Coast (offense) guy and he’s got all those roots and all that. So that all weaves together pretty well for Jimmy, I think.”
The Seahawks’ Demarcus Dobbs will miss his second consecutive game with a concussion. Even though fellow defensive lineman Jordan Hill is listed as doubtful with a toe injury, Carroll said Hill won’t play, either. Hill also missed last week’s win at Minnesota. … The game-time weather forecast for Sunday in Baltimore: mostly cloudy, muggy, 68 degrees with no chance of rain — practically unheard of for December on the East Coast.