Lynch was expected to return from abdominal surgery Sunday, but on Friday night he informed the team he could not play.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Seahawks’ 10-9 wild-card win over the Vikings on Sunday means they will travel to Carolina for a divisional-round game next Sunday.
But coach Pete Carroll couldn’t say whether running back Marshawn Lynch will make that trip.
Asked what is next with Lynch, Carroll said: “I don’t even know. I don’t know. I don’t know. We’ll just wait and see and take it one day at a time.’’
On Friday, Carroll said on a radio show that Lynch would play against the Vikings.
But after the team practiced Friday, Lynch told the team he hadn’t recovered enough from Nov. 25 abdominal surgery and decided not to make the trip with the team.
The move came as a surprise, because Carroll had met the media after practice and said, though there was no guarantee Lynch was playing, he was optimistic he would. The team listed him as a full participant in practice.
Carroll said Sunday that it wasn’t until after he had met the media that Lynch informed the team how he felt.
“When he went back to his locker and sat down, he just didn’t feel it,’’ Carroll said. “He didn’t feel like he could go. And that’s it. He just didn’t feel like he had it. There wasn’t enough time to build the confidence that he needed to come in and do something. So that’s it. We took off and left.’’
Though the decision by Lynch might have raised some eyebrows, Seahawks players said they had no questions about it.
“I mean, he wasn’t ready,’’ receiver Doug Baldwin said. “He wasn’t ready physically, mentally. So fortunately enough we have another ballgame so we can give him another week to get ready.”
“ … Y’all can make out the storylines all you want to, but the fact of the matter is that Marshawn has been the engine of this offense since I’ve been here. So for anybody to talk (expletive) about what they do or do not know is (expletive).
“The fact of the matter is he wasn’t ready, healthy. That’s our brother in this locker room. Take that as I said it.”
Said left tackle Russell Okung: “If he’s not ready to play, then he’s not ready to play. I know if he could play, he’d be out here.”