Pete Carroll met with the media on Monday, one day after his team's 38-7 win over the Vikings in Minnesota. Here's three things we learned from the Seahawks head coach:
1. Marshawn Lynch Has Left Philadelphia
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch underwent surgery in late November after flying to Philadelphia to see a specialist for an abdominal injury that showed up before the team's Week 10 game against Arizona. Carroll said all indications are that Lynch is doing "really well" following surgery and that the running back has left the east coast, which is where he stayed following the operation to start his rehab process.
"He's left Philadelphia now," Carroll said. "So we'll see how it goes the next few weeks, see how he comes around."
Before the surgery, Carroll said it was possible the Seahawks could see Lynch return in as little as "three or four weeks," but on Monday hinted that it may take longer than that, stating "Right now it's still rehab."
"It's so much to ask him to jump back after three weeks, I don't even know how we could think that way," Carroll said. "But this is week three starting up, so we'll see how it goes."
2. Why Paul Richardson Was Placed On Injured Reserve
The Seahawks placed Paul Richardson on injured reserve this past Saturday, nearly three weeks after the wideout hurt his hamstring in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals, his first return to action since starting the season on the physically unable to perform list because of an ACL injury suffered in the 2014 playoffs. Carroll said Richardson sustained a setback in his rehab process last week and the uncertainty surrounding his recovery was why the Seahawks chose to shut his second season down early.
"He had time to heal, we just didn't feel like he was going to make it in time," Carroll said. "There was uncertainty in the recovery and it's been a hard year for him. I felt really bad for him because he's such a cool kid and he wants to play so bad and he did work really hard to get back. But the way it showed up when we evaluated it again, the MRIs and stuff like that, it just looked like it was going to an unpredictable return."
Carroll emphasized Richardson's hamstring would be able to heal without surgery.
"Oh yeah, we think so," Carroll said. "There's no talk of that at all right now."
3. What Life Was Like Without Jimmy Graham
Tight end Jimmy Graham's season-ending knee injury suffered in the team's Week 12 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers called upon backups Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet to step up against the Vikings. The pair's presence was obvious in the opening quarter, when quarterback Russell Wilson's first throw of the game went for 13 yards to Helfet, who did have one drop later in the game. Willson, meanwhile, made catches of 14 and 22 yards on Seattle's first touchdown drive.
"I thought the guys did OK," Carroll said of Seattle's play without the three-time Pro Bowler Graham. "We just mishandled one ball, but other than that Luke made two really good plays, Cooper got out on something and did a little something for us. So it worked OK, we blocked all right, but you're always going to miss a player like that."
What Carroll liked most, though, was Thomas Rawls' touchdown-tribute to Graham. After his 5-yard run for a score in the first quarter, the rookie running back celebrated with an emphatic spike of the football, one that mimicked what Graham has shown throughout the season on the practice fields at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
"The thing that I liked in reference to Jimmy was, I don't know if you noticed Thomas Rawls when he scored his touchdown, he did a little Jimmy Graham thing in tribute," Carroll said. "Maybe you don't know that, but he did a little Jimmy Graham spike just recognizing that we miss him and we wish he was with us."
- Carroll reiterated what he said following Sunday's win, noting the team did not suffer any injuries against the Vikings, "We really came out of that really clean," Carroll said.
- Carroll didn't have any new information on the status of defensive linemen Demarcus Dobbs (concussion) and Jordan Hill (toe), each of whom missed the game at Minnesota and did not participate in practice last week after sustaining injuries in Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "I don't know," Carroll said. "We've got to wait and see."
The Week 13 matchup in Minnesota saw five Seahawks touchdowns, an Earl Thomas interception and two sacks by Frank Clark that all contributed to a 38-7 team win over the Vikings.