Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is playing coy on whether Marshawn Lynch will play Friday. But all signs point to his return for Sunday's playoff game against the Vikings.

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Though indications all week pointed to Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch returning to play Sunday at Minnesota, he was listed as questionable for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game at Minnesota.

And despite having said earlier in the day on a radio show that Lynch would play, coach Pete Carroll said Friday afternoon that the Seahawks have yet to make a decision if Lynch will be able to go after returning to practice this week from abdominal surgery.

“I have not said yet that he’s playing,” Carroll said. “I know that’s been out there, but I don’t know until we finish the week. He’s looked really good, and we’re hoping so. Very optimistic about it.”

Everything during the week seemed to indicate a likely return for Lynch against the Vikings after a seven-game absence. He jovially took part in a little post-practice basketball-shooting contest with fellow running backs Bryce Brown, Christine Michael and Fred Jackson.

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During his radio show on KIRO 97.3 on Friday morning, Carroll said of Lynch: “He’s going to play. And he’s look really good in practice. 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.”

But after practice Friday, one in which Lynch was listed as a full participant, Carroll said that “I don’t know really’’ if Lynch will play against the Vikings and added that the team will assess how he responds to a full week of work.

“He’s got to go tomorrow (Saturday) and make sure that he’s okay after today (Friday),’’ Carroll said.

That Lynch was able to fully participate in practices week — something he rarely does during the season — would indicate he’ll make it back. And the rest of Carroll’s comments about Lynch indicated nothing but optimism.

“It’s been a great week,’’ Carroll said. “He’s taken every rep that we needed him to this week.’’

Carroll said Lynch appears a little leaner than when he was with the team earlier this season and added, “He looks really good, really trim. And that’s a sign of the hard work and him being really tuned into it. He does look very good.’’

Lynch has played in just seven games this season and not since since the Nov. 15 home loss to Arizona. He had abdominal surgery Nov. 25 in Philadelphia and then spent much of the next month or so in the Bay Area working out with MMA trainer Tareq Azim.

Carroll reiterated Friday that if Lynch is ready to play, there’s no reason he couldn’t have a usual workload.

“If he’s playing, he’s playing,’’Carroll said. “And we’ll see how that works out. We are encouraged by his work. … This would be like the first game of the year, as we would approach, so we have been here before with him, and I know we know how to handle that.’’

{Luke Willson out:} The only player the Seahawks listed as out is tight end Luke Willson, who was not able to make it back from a concussion suffered Dec. 27 against the Rams.

Willson was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, when Carroll had said there was hope he could return.

But Willson did not practice the rest of the week, with Carroll saying, “He just didn’t quite get through it. He did some of the work, practiced with us, and then just quite didn’t recover.’’

That means the Seahawks again will go with Cooper Helfet and Chase Coffman at tight end. Coffman made his Seattle debut last week against Arizona and caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.

“Very fortunate to have a chance to see him play,’’ Carroll said. “He did a good job at the line of scrimmage and catching the ball and doing the stuff we want. It’s fortunate that he has emerged so quickly for us and we can go with he and Coop and play the game that way.’’

{Chancellor back:} Also set to play in his first game in a while is strong safety Kam Chancellor, who has been out since suffering a pelvis injury at Baltimore Dec. 13.

Chancellor practiced all week and made it through with no complications, unlike last week when he practiced some but then was unable to play at Arizona.

“We saw really Kam at his best, too,’’ Carroll said. “He looked really good, finished the week great. First time in over a month, it seems. He’s really excited about being back. You can feel it. So he’s ready to go. That’s a great addition for us.’’

{Okung, Sweezy back:} Left tackle Russell Okung (calf) and right guard J.R. Sweezy (concussion) also are on track to return and start against the Vikings.

“That’s great to get those guys back in action,’’Carroll said.

Okung sat out the past two games and Sweezy last week against Arizona.