Marshawn Lynch is likely to be a gametime decision for Monday night's contest against the Lions, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on Thursday.
If you are looking for definitive word on the status of Seattle tailback Marshawn Lynch for Monday night’s game against Detroit, you may have to wait until Monday night.
Coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that Lynch will likely be a gametime decision as he battles to come back from a hamstring injury suffered on Sunday against the Bears.
“It’s going to take us all week to figure it out and see how he is,’’ Carroll said of Lynch. “We’ll just wait and see. We don’t need to make any big declarations right now. Just waiting and gathering information and seeing how he does.
“I know he wants to play and he is determined to try to do that, so we’ll just see how it goes. It may go all the way to gametime.’’
Asked if the Seahawks can survive without Lynch, Carroll said “we’ll find out. I like the way we ran the ball last week (159 yards rushing against the Bears). … we’ll see.How do you replace him? He’s a ridiculously good football player and a has been a great player and a great factor for us forever. So we’ll just do the best we can.’’
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The Seahawks would go with Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson at tailback if Lynch can’t play, likely with Rawls as the starter and Jackson as a third-down back.
The 34-year-old Jackson, signed as a free agent shortly before the season, said he would be prepared for whatever role the Seahawks ask.
Jackson, who has been close to Lynch since each was with the Bills from 2007-10 said Lynch’s injury must be significant if it is potentially holding him out.
“If he is questioning it it’s a severe injury because you know he wants to be out there and contribute just as bad as anybody,” Jackson said. “We’ll take it day-to-day and see how it goes and if we get him out there, if we’re fortunate enough to have him on Monday it makes us better as a team. If not we have to pick up the slack.”
But Jackson also said he wouldn’t be surprised if Lynch plays.
“I think it’s just one of those things that he wants to make sure that he can help us and contribute,’’ Jackson said. “Whenever he figures that out we’ll now, just like you guys. I know he is doing everything he can to get out there. But we’ll have to wait and see what happens.’’
As for other injury news:
—Carroll said DT Brandon Mebane, who suffered a groin injury against the Bears, is also in a wait-and-see mode and likely also a gametime decision.
— Carroll said DT Demarcus Dobbs suffered a shoulder injury in the game and that it “seems like he’s slow to make it back as well.’’
—Carroll said CB Tharold Simon (toe) and Steven Terrell (hip) are each questionable, at best, to play this week. Carroll said the team had hoped each would be back this week but that “right now it’s very questionable whether they can make it back.’’
— Carroll also confirmed the team tried out Terrelle Pryor this week as a receiver. Carroll said Pryor is “really raw and learning but he’s an extraordinary athlete and he showed that.’’ For now, sounds like the Seahawks just kicking the tires on that one.
— Kam Chancellor said he was actually less sore on Monday than after past games. He credited his conditioning during his time away for keeping him in the necessary shape. But he also noted that the Bears didn’t run a lot of plays (50). Chancellor also sat out 10 of those. Regardless, sounds as if all the limitations will now be off of Chancellor.