Marshawn Lynch active vs. Panthers for first time since abdominal surgery

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is active for Sunday’s NFL playoff game against the Panthers.
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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynchis active for Sunday’s game against the Panthers after missing eight games with an abdominal injury.

Lynch told ESPN’s Kenny Mayne Friday that would be good to go.

“I’m ready,” was Lynch’s reply via text message when asked about his status for the divisional round playoff game.

Lynch practiced with the team the week before its 10–9 wild-card win over the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday, but declared himself unfit to play in the game. He continued to be a full participant in both practices this week.

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“I can’t judge each and every day, but probably one of the best days that he had out here today,” Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said on Wednesday, according to Pro Football Talk. “He had a little bit more pace, a little bit more tempo to him even than he did at the end of last week.”

Lynch played in seven regular season games before undergoing sports hernia surgery on Nov. 25, and logged 417 yards on 111 carries for three touchdowns.

The Seahawks and Panthers are scheduled to kick off at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.

- Erin Flynn