The Seahawks still expect Lynch to play in Sunday's playoff game in Minnesota.
RENTON — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is “full go,” according to coach Pete Carroll on Wednesday.
Carroll had said this week he expects Lynch to play in Sunday’s NFC wild-card game against the Minnesota Vikings, and nothing in his first few days back with the team have indicated otherwise.
The Seahawks will monitor how Lynch recovers from practices this week, a key for getting him back on the field. But Carroll said so far Lynch looks fine.
Lynch had abdominal surgery Nov. 25 and has been working out with his personal trainers in the Bay Area since then.
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If Lynch is healthy, he will play in his first game in almost two months. Carroll said this week Lynch is so experienced with what the Seahawks expect of their running backs that he shouldn’t have a problem re-adjusting to the offense.
Lynch has been steady and consistent in the playoffs. He has rushed for 100 yards six times in 10 career playoff games. When asked if Lynch could get 20 or 25 carries Sunday, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said, “If he’s going, that’s what I would expect.”
Said cornerback Richard Sherman: “It’s always good to get him back into the building, his energy, his spirit. He’s a fun dude to be around, and guys are happy to see him, happy to see him back out there doing what he does.”
Lynch is in his ninth NFL season, and Sherman had an interesting answer when asked what still drives Lynch.
“The man in the mirror,” Sherman said. “At the end of the day he wants to look in the mirror and be able to say, ‘I gave my all. I went out there and put on as much as I could for my teammates.’ That’s the kind of guy he is. He doesn’t seem like that to some people — they have no idea who he is because he doesn’t want to talk about it. But he is a guy who is as selfless as they come, who puts his body on the line for his teammates.
“That’s why guys don’t worry or stress about Marshawn not being here when he’s rehabbing or when he’s hurt. I think the outside world is like, ‘What’s going on?’
“We don’t panic, because we know that guy is one of the best teammates you would ever have, playing for any team, any level, any sport, and he will do whatever he can to help this team win.’’