Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will return to practice this week and the team is hopeful he will be able to play in Sunday’s first-round playoff game against the Vikings on Sunday, head coach Pete Carroll said Monday.
Carroll had initially been hopeful that Lynch would be able to return to practice last week but he remained sidelined as he recovered from his mid-November abdominal surgery. Lynch had been rehabbing near his home in Northern California.
Rookie Thomas Rawls, who rushed for over 100 yards in four separate games this season, broke his ankle in Week 14 and was placed on injured reserve. Christine Michael and Bryce Brown have taken the majority of the carries since Rawls went down. Michael had 17 carries for 102 yards in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals.
The Vikings and Seahawks play Sunday in Minnesota at 1 p.m. ET.
- Dan Gartland