Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed the re-signing of recently released Bryce Brown while saying the team still doesn’t know when Marshawn Lynch might return from abdominal surgery Nov. 25 as Seattle tries to maintain its four-game winning streak with its two top running backs injured.
Carroll said Brown, the former Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bulls back, will compete with DuJuan Harris, the fill-in for the end of Sunday’s win at Baltimore, and usual fullback Derrick Coleman as the lead back while Lynch is off wherever and Thomas Rawls recovers from a broken ankle and torn ligaments he got in the first quarter of the 35-6 win over the Ravens on Sunday.
The Brown re-signing is not yet official, but when it is the team’s corresponding move will be placing Rawls on injured reserve.
Lynch showed up at team headquarters last Wednesday, watching the end of the indoor practice through a window from a hallway. Now he’s back “off site,” and the Seahawks will play on without him for the time being. Three games remain in the regular season. The playoffs -- Seattle is the current No. 5 seed in the six-team conference postseason -- begin Jan. 9 and 10.
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“He’s going to be continuing to rehab. He’s going to rehab off site until he’s ready to get back and, you know, start practicing,” Carroll said. “We don’t have a timeline on that.”
I asked the coach what the reason is for allowing Lynch to rehab “off site” and not under the guidance of the team’s athletic trainers.
“We just think it would be best for him,” Carroll said.
So where exactly is the Seahawks’ potential Hall-of-Fame running back during the team’s push to the playoffs?
“You’ll have to talk to him about that,” Carroll said with a grin.
We’ll get right on that.
“Obviously, we won’t have worry about finding that out,” the coach joked.
Brown is back after Seattle signed the former Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills back on Oct. 27 and released him Nov. 21 after he was inactive for two games.
Brown has 1,004 career yards rushing after two full seasons with the Eagles in 2012 and ‘13 behind LeSean McCoy and seven games last year with current Seahawks runner Fred Jackson in Buffalo. The Bills released the 6-foot, 220-pound Brown last month, after they traded a fourth-round draft choice to the Eagles last year to get the former seventh-round draft choice. He had only 126 yards rushing in seven games, two starts for Buffalo.
Harris was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 24 and got promoted to the active roster Dec. 5 for the game the next day at Minnesota. The former Green Bay Packer had 42 yards on 14 carries Sunday at Baltimore and lost a fumble at the Ravens 5-yard line while making a cut.
“I have to be better,” Harris said repeatedly following the game.
Carroll said Jackson will remain the team’s third-down back for pass catching and pass blocking because “we like his role” there. Jackson had seven carries for 15 yards in Baltimore, plus another 8 yards on a reception with a pass dropped in four targets. The 34-year-old friend of Lynch’s has 24 catches with two touchdowns receiving this season but has looked slow while rushing 24 times for 89 yards this season.