Pete Carroll met with the media on Wednesday at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center ahead of his team's first practice in preparation for Sunday's Week 16 matchup with the division rival St. Louis Rams.
Here's what the Seattle Seahawks head coach had to say about injuries to Marshawn Lynch (abdomen), Kam Chancellor (pelvis), Russell Okung (calf), Jordan Hill (toe), and Anthony McCoy (knee/ankle):
1. Marshawn Lynch Is Doing Well, But Won't Return This Week
After undergoing surgery in late November, Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) continues to rehab away from team headquarters and will not make it back in time for this week's game against the Rams.
"I understand from our report just recently that he's really doing well and he's really working hard and when he's ready to get back to football he'll jump in," Carroll said.
Carroll said the training program Lynch is going through is similar to the work the running back does to get ready for the regular season.
"What he's going through right now is the basically the program that he always goes through in the offseason," Carroll said. "This is how he gets ready and gets in shape and I think this is what's best for him. I think it's a good choice for him to be where he is."
It's unknown whether or not Lynch will be back in time for the team's regular-season finale against the Arizona Cardinals next week, but Carroll said "there's a chance" when asked if he's counting on Lynch being back in time for the postseason.
"This is something that's possible for him to return, it's possible for him to return," Carroll said. "Fortunately, we're going to get to play longer and the more we do that the better his chances to get back."
2. Kam Chancellor Has Started To Run, On An Anti-Gravity Treadmill
Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor, who injured his pelvis in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens and missed the Seahawks' game against the Cleveland Browns this past Sunday as a result, has started to run on an alterG anti-gravity treadmill, Carroll said.
"He's feeling better," Carroll said. "He's doing the alterG, that means he's starting to run. He was so uncomfortable that he couldn't do anything last week. We'll see, he's optimistic. He wants to try to get back and play this week. We'll see what happens."
3. Russell Okung Could Be A Gameday Decision
Earlier this week, Carroll said the injury Russell Okung suffered in this past weekend's win over the Browns isn't expected to be a long-term issue, but the left tackle could wind up being a gameday decision for the Seahawks' Week 16 matchup with the Rams.
"He's going to see what happens as we go through the week," Carroll said. "He's not feeling too bad, but he does have a little calf problem that we're just trying to work through. Unless we define something really clearly on Friday, I would think we go all the way to game-time."
4 & 5. Jordan Hill & Anthony McCoy Won't Practice Wednesday
Defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who's missed the past three games with a toe injury, and tight end Anthony McCoy, who was held out against the Browns while nursing an ankle injury, will not practice to open Week 16. However, Carroll has said the pair has a chance to make it back for this weekend's game.
"They're working back, but not yet," Carroll said.
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