CHARLOTTE - After an eight-game absence, Marshawn Lynch is back.
The Seahawks running back, who had abdomen surgery in November, is active for Sunday's divisional-round game at Carolina, an outcome that was likely, but not certain, when Lynch was declared probable on Friday.
Lynch, who last played in Seattle's Week 10 loss to Arizona, will look to build on a successful postseason career that has seen him rush for 917 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 postseason games.
"He had a great week, he really did," Carroll said on Friday. "He was faster and more explosive this week than last week. You could see that he made an improvement.
"He's really pumped to play football and play with his team. I'm looking forward to him playing like he has in the past. We'll make sure to watch and see how he's doing and how much we can play him. We'll figure that out as the game goes."
Carroll said with Lynch back, Christine Michael, who has played well since signing with Seattle last month, will also "play a lot."
As expected, the Seahawks are mostly healthy coming into this game, with only Will Tukuafu (hamstring) inactive for injury-related reasons. Tukuafu had been listed as doubtful on Friday. Carolina is also healthy for the most part, including receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who is active after being listed as questionable on Friday. Running back Fozzy Whittaker is Carolina's only injury-related inactive.
CB Tye Smith
RB Bryce Brown
FB Will Tukuafu
LB Eric Pinkins
G Mark Glowinski
C/G Kristjan Sokoli
DT A.J. Francis
WR Brenton Bersin
CB Lou Young
S Dean Marlowe
RB Brandon Wegher
RB Fozzy Whittaker
WR Kevin Norwood
DE Ryan Delaire
The Seahawks depart the team hotel and head to the Bank of America Stadium to begin gameday preparations for their NFC Divisional game against the Carolina Panthers.