Carroll remains hopeful, however, that Lynch will be able to return in the playoffs.
Lynch had surgery to repair an abdominal injury about four weeks ago. Carroll said Monday that Lynch had a chance to return to practice on Wednesday, but instead, he has remained near his home in Oakland, Calif. to work out with his own trainers.
Rookie Thomas Rawls, who has 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.
In Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams, Seattle managed just 60 rushing yards on 22 carries, led by quarterback Russell Wilson with 39 yards on six carries.
The Seahawks have already clinched a playoff spot, but could be either the No. 5 or No. 6 seed, depending on the outcomes of Week 17’s games.
- Dan Gartland