The Seahawks learned of “findings” from this week’s magnetic resonance imaging exam on Marshawn Lynch’s injured hamstring. The five-time Pro Bowl running back is officially questionable as a game-time decision to play Monday night against the 0-3 Detroit Lions at CenturyLink Field.
“We checked it out and there were some findings,” coach Pete Carroll said of Monday’s MRI.
He did not elaborate on what those findings were while speaking to reporters at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center following Saturday’s practice. It was the fourth consecutive one Lynch missed dating to the Friday before the win over Chicago a week ago.
“So he’s been working hard at trying to get back,” Carroll said. “He’s done a really diligent job of rehab, and so we’ll see what happens.”
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Lynch was also questionable entering the Bears game with what was listed as a calf injury. But unlike this week he practiced one day last week, on a limited basis. He missed the first 12 minutes against Chicago, ran five times for 14 yards, then injured his hamstring while bobbling and catching a fourth-down pass and running 9 yards for a first down in the final minute of first half. He didn’t play after halftime.
The 29-year-old Lynch has missed just one game in his six seasons with Seattle, when back spasms kept him out of a 6-3 loss at Cleveland in Oct. 2011. This, with rookie Thomas Rawls coming off a 104-yard game in his place entering a game against the reeling Lions, would seem like a grand time to rest Lynch’s leg for Seattle’s test at undefeated Cincinnati next week.
Not that Carroll would ever come out and say that.
Earlier this week Lynch’s teammate Fred Jackson said the fact there’s doubt about the rugged Lynch playing means to him the injury must be “severe.” Jackson could get his first extended snaps as a first- or second-down back for Seattle along with Rawls if Lynch can’t play at all against Detroit.
"We would go with him if he can make it,” Carroll said. “If he can pop out of it, then we would go with him -- just based on that he’s had other weeks when he wasn’t able to practice and played very well. But we’ll have to wait and see.”
Carroll said nose tackle Brandon Mebane also will be a game-time decision. Mebane, 30, injured his groin during the first half last week against Chicago.
Here is the entire injury list for both teams:
Carroll said Dobbs won’t play, and that usual fullback Will Tukuafu will also play on the defensive line Monday. Many ask why Seattle kept Tukuafu on the roster when it had Derrick Coleman back from a broken foot to play fullback. This is why: Tukuafu’s versatility to play fullback, tight end and defensive tackle or end.
RICHARDSON’S GREAT RECOVERY
Less than nine months after wide receiver Paul Richardson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee Carroll said the speedy, 2014 second-round draft choice was so recovered he “could come and play now for us.”
Except he can’t. Richardson is on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list. Its rules state a player cannot come off it to begin practicing until after the sixth week of the regular season, which for Seattle will be after the Oct. 18 game against Carolina.
"Paul is in great shape. Paul’s really ready to come out. He could come and play now for us,” Carroll said. “He’s going to wait it out a couple more weeks and then he’ll be back, but he’s really raring to go. He made a marvelous recovery.”
The coach said nickel back Jeremy Lane, also on the PUP list, will be out longer than Richardson as he recovers from a knee surgery and a broken arm he got in the Super Bowl Feb. 1.
“Jeremy’s a little bit behind that, because of his arm,” Carroll said. “His knee recovery is going well, but both of those issues I think are going to keep him a little bit longer. And most importantly his arm’s got to get right.”