Marshawn Lynch will see a sports hernia specialist in Philadelphia this week and the team says surgery could be an option for the 29-year-old running back who did not play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Marshawn Lynch will travel to Philadelphia on Monday to meet with Dr. William C. Meyers, who will examine the running back’s abdominal injury. The visit could have long-term implications on his future with the Seahawks.

Coach Pete Carroll said the injury could be a sports hernia and didn’t rule out surgery. The actual meeting with Meyers is expected to happen Tuesday.

“Nothing is ruled out at this point,’’ Carroll said. “This will be a really important couple of days for Marshawn. We’ll know something by Wednesday, probably.”

Meyers is the same surgeon who operated on Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano this year.


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Lynch suffered the injury in practice Nov. 12 but played with it last week against Arizona.

Carroll said Friday he expected Lynch to play Sunday against the 49ers, a game the Seahawks won 29-13. But Lynch was declared inactive after it was decided during pregame warmups he could not play

“He tried,’’ Carroll said. “We rested him all week, and we rehabbed him all week long, and really the first time we took a real look at it was out here in pregame, and he just couldn’t get going.

“These injuries have a way, I’ve been around a lot of them, they have a way of being really difficult to figure out from the outside. The surgery thing is always an option in there. There’s some other things that they’ll take a look at. It’s hard to detect at this point. The specialist will let us know more.’’

The game was the third Lynch has missed this season, as he also sat out against Detroit and Cincinnati last month because of a hamstring injury. He previously had missed just one game since coming to Seattle in 2010, that coming against Cleveland in 2011.

Teammate and longtime friend Fred Jackson said Lynch “came out here and tried, and he just didn’t have the explosiveness that you want as a running back.’’

The possibility of Lynch missing the rest of the season already is leading to speculation that Lynch’s tenure with the Seahawks could be over. He is 29 years old, has 2,144 carries and considered retirement after last season.

Lynch signed a contract in March that pays him an average of $12 million a season through 2017. But the Seahawks could save $6.5 million against the cap next year if it were to release him.

And the idea that they could survive without Lynch grew stronger after another sterling performance by his replacement, rookie Thomas Rawls.

Rawls rushed for 209 yards and added 46 receiving yards on three receptions in the win over the 49ers.