For the first time since undergoing abdomen surgery on Nov. 25, Marshawn Lynch is back working out at the Seahawks’ practice facility.
"We’re not practicing today, but the guys are getting their workouts in," coach Pete Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Lynch played in seven games during the regular season and has not been on the field since Nov. 15. He had been rehabbing with trainers in San Francisco, but now the focus will be on seeing if Lynch can get ready for Sunday’s playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Carroll was asked what he needs to see from Lynch in the coming days.
“Normal football stuff,” he said. “The week, we’ll go through it and see how he does and see if he’s holding up and all that. We’ll just assess it. This is not rocket science. We’re just going to go out there and play some football and see how he’s doing. I know he’s going to be in great shape and all that. He’s worked his butt off to get that done and we couldn’t ask for more in that regard.”
In the last seven games without Lynch, the Seahawks’ offense averaged 32.0 points per game, second in the NFL. But Thomas Rawls went down with an ankle injury in Week 14, and the team has been going with Christine Michael and Bryce Brown at running back.
Michael has played well, rushing 39 times for 192 yards. Carroll was asked if he has any concerns about inserting Lynch back into the lineup.
“No, not at all,” he said. “We called 37 runs yesterday. He can carry a bunch of those. He’d like to get 25 or 30 or something like that. We’ll see how it goes. We don’t plan on changing anything.”
Lynch has carried 111 times for 417 yards (3.76 per carry) on the season.