Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch could return this week, coach Pete Carroll says

RENTON, Wash. -- If Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch strings together a couple good days of workouts, he could be back at practice Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll said.

"From what I understand, he has a chance if those days go back to back, and he does well, that he might be in here Wednesday," Carroll said. "We’ll see."

Lynch is in San Francisco working out with MMA trainer Tareq Azim. He continues to rehab from surgery associated with a sports hernia injury.

He has visited the Seahawks' facility, but is not rehabbing there. The team is communicating with Azim and his staff to determine how Lynch is doing.

"We’re pretty much relying on the reports that they’re giving us and also the work that’s being done," Carroll said. "Those guys know him really well, and they’re the ones that have for the last few years have really done great work with Marshawn. We’re trusting that they’re looking seriously at the preparation level, his endurance and all those different things to give us a good indication moving forward.

"We have a really good relationship with the guys that are working him out, longstanding. So we’ve had an ongoing, connected friendship and background and all that. So we feel like we really understand what’s happening."

Carroll was asked if the workouts and trainers are traditional.

"No, they’re not traditional," he said. "They’re something apart from traditional. They’re extraordinary. They really tax you in the process and really challenge a guy mentally and physically. And we’ve really come to appreciate the work that they do and how they do it.

"He’s always come back in really good shape and fast and strong and has his endurance and stuff like that, so we’re kind of hoping that’s the same when the time comes."