Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday tight end Luke Willson is the only player who will not be healthy enough to play in Sunday's wild-card playoff game at Minnesota.
Tight end Luke Willson is the only Seahawk who will not be healthy enough to play in Sunday’s wild-card playoff game at Minnesota, coach Pete Carroll said during his regular weekly Friday radio show on KIRO 97.3.
Among those healthy enough to go is running back Marshawn Lynch, who has not played since Nov. 15 due to an abdominal injury.
“He’s going to play and he’s look really good in practice,” Carroll said of Lynch, who returned to practice this week for the first time since having abdominal surgery on Nov. 25. “He’s practiced as hard as he ever has throughout the week just to prove to himself that he was right, I think, as well as everybody else. So he’s ready to go and we are anxious to see him fit in.”
Coaches have said previously that if Lynch is ready then he will start against the Vikings. But Christine Michael, who had 102 yards last week against Arizona, is also expected to still see time.
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Carroll said Willson “still hasn’t quite gotten back from the concussion” that he suffered on Dec. 27 against St. Louis. “We’re taking really good care of him and want to wait another week for that.”
With Willson out, the tight end duties will again be held by Cooper Helfet and Chase Coffman. Coffman made his Seattle debut in the regular season finale against the Cardinals and had four catches, one for a touchdown.
Among the injured players expected to return are left tackle Russell Okung and right guard J.R. Sweezy, who each missed the Arizona game. That will have Seattle’s offensive line back to its usual alignment for the first time since the Dec.20 game against the Browns.
And also back will be strong safety Kam Chancellor, who missed the last three games with a pelvis injury suffered on Dec. 13 at Baltimore.
Having 52 of 53 players apparently available to play will mean some tough decisions to get down to the active gameday 46-man roster. Seattle will have to declare that roster 90 minutes prior to kickoff.