Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will not practice this week meaning the earliest he could return to action is for the final regular season game of the year at Arizona on Jan. 3.

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Marshawn Lynch will not return to practice for the Seattle Seahawks this week, coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly Monday radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.

So that means the Seahawks will again play Sunday against St. Louis without Lynch, and presumably with the same tailback trio as Sunday against Cleveland, when Christine Michael emerged getting most of the carries in a 30-13 win over the Browns.

Asked if Lynch would practice this week, Carroll said “uh no. I don’t think that’s what’s going on.’’

Lynch is battling to get back from abdominal surgery he had on Nov. 25 and has not played since Nov. 15 against Arizona.


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Carroll said Lynch is in “a race against time right now.. I know he’s going for it. That’s what’s important.’’

If Lynch is again out this week then that means the earliest he could return is for the final regular season game on Jan. 3 at Arizona. The team would like to have Lynch ready for the playoffs, which will begin the following weekend on the road.

A report from Jay Glazer of Fox Sports on Sunday said Lynch is in Oakland working with an MMA trainer. Glazer reported that one of Lynch’s challenges is to get back mentally after what was the first surgery of his football career.

Carroll acknowledged that the mental part of it is a challenge for Lynch saying “he hasn’t been in a fight for such along time now. He’s been in and out and it’s such a distraction for him that I’m sure he’s just trying to get to the top of his game so when he comes back he can help out.’’

Carroll also said that an early exam of a calf injury suffered by left tackle Russell Okung that “not a lot showed up so not quite sure what is going on there. He did obviously have some discomfort and all that so we’ll find out what that means.’’

Okung was replaced by Alvin Bailey for the final quarter of the game.

And Carroll said strong safety Kam Chancellor, who did not play due to a pelvis injury the week before, was “moving around a lot better’’ on Monday. Carroll said Chancellor was “almost immobile’’ last week “but really popped out today.’’


— As for the tailback spot this week, Carroll again wouldn’t commit to Michael being the starter saying of Sunday’s game against the Browns that “this is the first step. We’ll work together to see what will happen.’’

— Carroll also praised the play of Fred Jackson and Frank Clark, saying that the latter was really active despite not putting up any real stats. “I was really impressed with his effort throughout the game,’’ Carroll said of Clark.