Marshawn Lynch was back at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center Monday morning working out with his teammates, Pete Carroll confirmed during his Monday morning appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle.
What that means for this week's playoff game at Minnesota remains to be seen, but Lynch returning to the team is the next step in the process of returning from abdomen surgery after Lynch spent time rehabbing in the Bay Area with the trainers he usually works out with in the offseason.
Presuming Lynch does some sort of work when practice resumes Wednesday, the team will then start evaluating how ready he is to return to game action. Lynch, who has missed the past seven games, needs to show "just normal football stuff" for the team to know if he's ready or not for this week's game, Carroll said.
"We'll go through the week and see how he does and see if he's holding up and all of that," Carroll said on the Brock and Salk Show. "We'll just assess it. This is not rocket science; we're just going to go out there and play some football and see how he's doing. I know he's going to be in great shape and all of that. He has worked his butt off to get that done. We couldn't ask for more in that regard."
Carroll quickly dismissed the idea of having any trepidation about adding Lynch back to an offense that has performed so well without him over the past two months.
"No, not at all," Carroll said. "We still called 37 runs yesterday. We'll see how it goes. We don't plan on changing anything."
Carroll didn't have much news on cornerback Jeremy Lane, who left the game with a rib injury.
"He's got a rib thing," Carroll said. "We'll see how it goes. The oblique word was thrown out."
Lane's injury was the only new one to come out of the win at Arizona, Carroll said Sunday. Carroll also said after the game that he is optimistic that Kam Chancellor (pelvis), Russell Okung (calf), Luke Willson (concussion) and J.R. Sweezy (concussion).
In their final game of the regular season the Seahawks dominated the NFC West Champs on the road with a 36-6 victory in Glendale, Ariz.