Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that running back Marshawn Lynch is back in town but that it remains uncertain when he will return to the field.
The status of Marshawn Lynch for Sunday’s game at Arizona remains unclear, though coach Pete Carroll said Monday morning that the running back was back in the Seattle area over the weekend (Carroll clarified later in the day at his press conference that Lynch was back in the Bay Area still training).
Lynch has not played since Nov. 15 while dealing with an abdomen injury that required surgery. He had been working out in his native Bay Area the last few weeks with MMA trainer Tariq Azim.
Carroll said during his regular Monday radio show on ESPN 710 Seattle that “we’re hoping he will get well and get back. We’ll find out on a day-to-day basis.’’
Carroll said if Lynch shows he’s healthy on the practice field he could play immediately.
“It depends how far back he is,’’ Carroll said. “If he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go. We’ll have to wait and see when he’s on the practice field.’’
Seattle had won five in a row without Lynch before losing Sunday to Rams 23-17 a game in which the Seahawks were held to under 100 yards for the first time this season (and first time since gaining just 80 yards in a loss to Dallas last season).
“If he’s right, he gives us a tremendous lift,’’ Carroll said, adding that Lynch “would have to put in days’’ of practice back-to-back to show he’s ready to go.
Carroll also didn’t have real definitive reports on left tackle Russell Okung and strong safety Kam Chancellor, who also missed the game.
Chancellor missed his second straight game Sunday with a pelvis/tailbone injury. Carroll said “it’s still been very slow for him. It’s been a very difficult injury.’’ He said while Chancellor showed some improvement last week “we don’t know’’ when he will return.
Okung missed the game with a calf injury suffered the previous week and Carroll said “he has to get to running first. He’s not there yet.’’
(Carroll was not asked about tight end Luke Willson, who left the game with a concussion or any other injuries other than to say that QB Russell Wilson took some hits but was okay).
Here are a few other notes. …
— Carroll said reviewing the film showed it was mostly about Seattle mistakes and not what the Rams did. “We just gave them their opportunities and they took advantage of it,’’ he said. “. … we often say the game is about us and in this case it really was.’’
— Carroll said the offensive line issues were largely due to communication errors and not making the proper calls saying that when the Seahawks “don’t make our calls right’’ the other team is “going to look like they are the Fearsome Foursome.’’
— Carroll said he didn’t think the game was a sign of major issues with the Seahawks but “an off week in our performance.’’ He noted the previous “six, seven weeks’’ and said he didn’t think one bad game meant everything is now broken. “I don’t think it’s a regression at all,’’ he said. “We just made a real bad performance show up.’’
— Carroll reiterated what he said after the game, that he didn’t think there was any letup in preparation during the week with having already clinched a playoff berth. “I was really surprised,’’ he said. “I thought everything had shoed up great and we were ready to go.’’ He said the team falling behind 10-0 as quickly as it did threw everything off. “It seemed like we struggled to get back on course,’’ he said.
— Asked about resting players this weekend, Carroll said “when you talk like that, you have to think we only have so many guys able to play. Who are you going to rest? We are playing everybody all the time anyway. I think that’s overblown. That’s a media thing.’’
— Asked the goal against the Cardinals since the game could potentially not have any bearing for the Seahawks. Carroll said “I think we are still playing to get ready for the playoffs and to make sure we are right. … We need to get our game right we need to play more than we don’t need to play after looking at that.’’
— Carroll hinted at the possibility of a lineup change somewhere saying “there are a couple of adjustments we may make this week. We always do.’’
— Of the late hit by Rams punter Johnny Hekker on Cliff Avril, Carroll said: “It was kind of weak.’’
—Carroll said he thought Earl Thomas had the ball on a fourth-quarter Rams fumble and also said he thinks the officials should “let them fight it out’’ instead of making an early judgment of who they think has it.
— Carroll said he thought the defensive performance was fine overall other than that “we didn’t get sacks. We didn’t get the negative plays. We didn’t get the turnovers that we needed. … I didn’t think the pressure was bad. Just didn’t think we had the results we needed to change the game.’’