The Seahawks' head coach is opening the competition at cornerback after Cary Williams was benched against the 49ers, and says Paul Richardson likely won't return against the Steelers.

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Marshawn Lynch is en route to Philadelphia for a meeting with a sports hernia expert that is expected on Tuesday, coach Pete Carroll said during his regular weekly Monday radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle.

Carroll said there was no update yet on Lynch because the meeting has yet to be held.

“Tomorrow (Tuesday) will be the meeting and then we will go from there,’’ Carroll said.

Carroll also offered these other injury updates:


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— Asked if WR Paul Richardson will be available this week after missing the 49ers’ game with a hamstring injury, Carroll said, “That’s probably going to be really challenging. We’ll see. He did not run full speed last week at all. Just jogged. We’ll see what happens.’’ Carroll said Richardson’s injury is often a “two-week deal,’’ but the Seahawks hope he can make it back.

— Cornerback Jeremy Lane has “a really, really good chance’’ to make it back this week, Carroll said. The three-week period runs out this week for Lane to practice coming off the Physically Unable to Perform Reserve list, so the team will have to make a decision. Carroll said he “just has to come back a little better from one day to the next’’ to get on the field.

— Carroll said WR Doug Baldwin and C Patrick Lewus, who each had sprained ankles, were “a little sore today’’ but that both “have very optimistic first accounts here on Monday.’’

— Carroll said OLs J.R. Sweezy and Justin Britt, who each suffered stingers, “are fine now. They are both kind of laughing that they had something. I know know how that happened.’’

As for a few other personnel notes:

— Carroll said the team will open the competition for the cornerback spot where Cary Williams was benched in the third quarter, with DeShawn Shead taking over. He said of the benching that “it was really an opportunity to see how he (Shead) could fit in. DeShawn has been a really good player for us in a lot of ways and we liked the way he has battled and all that so we gave him a chance for Cary, and we are going to go right back to competing this week and see how it turns out.’’

— Carroll raved again over the play of Thomas Rawls, and when pressed to make a comparison, said, “There’s some Earl Campbell plays in there.’’ Carroll said of the running game that there was specific scheme changes just that “we did all the stuff that we want to do and everything fit.’’

— Asked if the identity of the team could be the same if Lynch is gone for a while, Carroll said that Lynch’s impact “has been obvious’’ and that “what was exciting yesterday was that we could see that carry over.’’

— Carroll also said Baldwin was among players who spoke to the team a bit last week in the wake of the Arizona loss. “I know he had a little opportunity to speak out and we gave him the chance, and all of our guys they are standing for the right stuff,’’ Carroll said. “Sometimes it just takes the right chemistry to get it right and to hit it on all cylinders. That was a really good game for us. It’s a game to build from.’’