Anyone hoping Marshawn Lynch will be back before the season finale in Arizona had better rethink that idea. In fact, it appears the Seahawks might be lucky to have Lynch back for the playoffs.
Pete Carroll said Monday he doesn’t know whether Lynch, who had abdominal surgery Nov. 25, will return before the playoffs.
“He went through a big surgery. He’s got a lot to get through, and he’s got to get past that, whatever impact that’s had,” Carroll said. “He’s got to get back into shape and get going. … He hasn’t been able to go yet very hard. He’s going to have to work through that and get himself going again and come back and show that he’s back and ready to go.”
Asked about the timeframe, Carroll said, “I don’t know. We won’t know until the work starts happening.”
In the meantime, Lynch is rehabbing away from VMAC “until he’s ready to get back and start practicing,” Carroll said. “We don’t have a timeline on that.”
To replace him and Thomas Rawls (broken ankle) for at least the next two games, the Seahawks are going to go with a round robin that includes — for now — newbies DuJuan Harris and Bryce Brown, plus Fred Jackson and Derrick Coleman.
Brown is in his third stay with the team this season, and Carroll said, “It’s a good opportunity for us to bring a guy back that we’ve been training.”
Harris gained just 42 yards on 18 carries in Baltimore, and Carroll chalked that up to rust.
“He hadn’t carried the ball that much in a long time,” Carroll said of Harris, a fourth-year player with just 59 career carries with Jacksonville (2011) and Green Bay (2012 and 2014).
“The couple carries he had the week before kind of got him started. We haven’t had great work with him with pads on, with full-speed stuff. He’s had to gain it in the games. He hit stuff pretty well, got stumbled up a couple times. He had the chance to make some more yards, but he plays with a lot of energy, a lot of movement. He’s got really good lateral movement. We’ll see how he can pop out of this thing.”
Carroll said Harris and Brown likely will split first and second downs, Jackson will remain the third-down back and Coleman will “get some shots, too.” Coleman gained 19 yards on his lone carry vs. the Ravens.
“We’ll see how many plays guys get and see how it goes,” Carroll said. “We’ll check out the week and make those determinations later.”