Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference included a few injury updates on key personnel. Here's what the Seattle head coach had to say about running back Marshawn Lynch, linebacker Brock Coyle, tight end Jimmy Graham, and defensive linemen Demarcus Dobbs and Jordan Hill ahead of the team's Week 14 road game against the Baltimore Ravens:
Carroll said he had made contact with running back Marshawn Lynch (abdomen), who recently left the east coast after undergoing surgery and the initial stages of rehab in Philadelphia.
"He's rehabbing and when he's ready to start working with us we'll get him going," Carroll said. "Not quite yet, but he's made improvement and he's feeling OK about it, so we'll see what happens. It won't happen this week."
Earlier this week, Carroll said it would be "so much to ask" to have Lynch back on the field three weeks after surgery. On Wednesday, Carroll was asked if it's realistic to think Lynch could return to the lineup for a potential playoff run.
"I don't know that yet," Carroll replied. "So I can't tell you that."
Brock Coyle (knee), who was given the injured reserve/designated to return tag in October, becomes eligible to return to the active roster next week, and Carroll fully expects the backup linebacker and key special teams contributor to be ready to go at that time.
"He's dying to get out there right now," Carroll said. "He's practicing full speed for a couple weeks now. He's totally recovered and he'll be ready to go when available next week."
Demarcus Dobbs & Jordan Hill
Defensive linemen Demarcus Dobbs (concussion) and Jordan Hill (ankle), each of whom missed this past week's win over the Minnesota Vikings because of injuries suffered in Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, won't participate in practice to open Week 14, according to Carroll.
"No, not today," Carroll said.
Jimmy Graham underwent successful surgery last week after tearing his patellar tendon against the Steelers, an injury that put an early end to his first season in Seattle. Carroll said Graham has been "getting more comfortable" since the operation.
"He was uncomfortable, it was a very difficult surgery," Carroll said. "The last time we communicated his spirits were good. We miss the heck out of him, he hasn't been back yet, but we miss the heck out of him and hope to see him soon. So we just stay in contact and kind of love him along until he gets back."