Marshawn Lynch did not play in Sunday's 29-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers because of an abdominal injury, and now the Seahawks running back will head to Philadelphia to see a specialist with the hopes of finding out more about the injury.
"We're going to try to take care of him, he's going to make a trip to go see (a specialist) out in Philadelphia to see if we can figure out what's going on," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "It's an abdominal issue, there's a lot going on there, so we've got to see what that all means."
Asked if Lynch could have a sports hernia injury, Carroll said, "Nothing's ruled out at this point. We'll have to wait and see. These will be a really important couple of days for him. We'll know something by Wednesday probably.
"These injuries—I've been around a lot of them—and they have a way of being really difficult to figure out from the outside. The surgery thing is always an option in there, and there are some other things they'll take a look at. It's hard to detect what it is at this point. The specialist will let us know more."
Lynch first had the injury show up late in the week prior to Seattle's Week 10 game against Arizona, and ended up playing in that game. Lynch was listed as questionable for this week's game, but did not practice all week. Carroll clarified that the trip to see a specialist was in the works even before the decision was made on Lynch's status Sunday.
"He tried," Carroll said. "We rested him all week and we rehabbed him all week long. Really the first time we took a real look at was out here in pregame, and he just couldn't get going."
As for injuries in the game, receiver Doug Baldwin left in the fourth quarter after having a 49ers player fall on his ankle.
"The defensive lineman fell on his ankle, and he might have had a little sprain there," Carroll said. "He felt it, but he was moving around pretty well afterward, so we'll see."
The offensive line got pretty banged up as well late in the game, with center Patrick Lewis leaving with an ankle injury, and guards Justin Britt and J.R. Sweezy sustaining stingers, though Sweezy missed only one play.
"We had a lot of stuff happen there near the end of the game, guys coming in and out," Carroll said. "We had a couple stingers with the two guards, then Patrick had somebody fall on his ankle, so we'll see. He's walking around OK, but we need to see what that means in a couple days."