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Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll Comments on Running Back Marshawn Lynch's Status vs Minnesota Vikings
Update (1/8/16, 2:15 p.m. PT): Lynch is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game. After the team's practice on Friday, when Lynch was again a full participant, Carroll said Seattle will use all of the time available to see how Lynch responds to the week of work before determining his status for gameday. Read
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined KIRO Radio 97.3 FM’s Dori Monson show on Friday morning, two days before his team's wild-card playoff matchup with the Vikings in Minnesota, and shared a couple of notable personnel updates.
Running back Marshawn Lynch, who has fully participated in each day of practice this week, his first week back since rehabbing from surgery on his abdomen, will play in Sunday's game at University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.
“Yeah, he’s going to play," Carroll said of Lynch, who missed Seattle's final seven games of the regular season. "He’s looked really good in practice. He’s practiced as hard as he ever has throughout the week just to prove to himself that he was right, and I think as well as everybody else, so he’s ready to go and we’re anxious to see him fit in.”
Carroll said the only player that won't be available for the Seahawks this weekend is tight end Luke Willson, who missed the team's regular-season finale with a concussion. That means players that had been battling injury, like strong safety Kam Chancellor, left tackle Russell Okung, and right guard J.R. Sweezy, should all return to the starting lineup after sitting out to end the regular season.
“The only guy that’s not going to make it is Luke Willson," Carroll said. "He hasn’t quite got back from the concussion that he had. We’re taking really good care of him and we’ll wait another week for that.”
Willson's absence will mean another increased workload from tight end Chase Coffman, who Carroll said "can play for us" earlier this week. Coffman had four catches for 29 yards and a touchdown subbing for Willson in Seattle's Week 17 win over Arizona.Read