The Seattle Seahawks could have their star running back in the lineup for Sunday's regular-season finale.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday that Marshawn Lynch could return to practice Wednesday depending on how he feels following his personal workouts Monday and Tuesday.
“Big day today, big day tomorrow,” Carroll said, adding that Lynch has a “chance” to play at the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17.
Lynch has been rehabbing since undergoing abdominal surgery on Nov. 25. He has appeared in only seven games this season and last played in a 39-32 loss to Arizona on Nov. 15, rushing for 42 yards on eight carries. He has been training in northern California under the watchful eye of MMA coach Tareq Azim, the founder of Empower Gym in San Francisco.
Carroll said the Seahawks will rely on the judgment of Lynch's trainers and noted it “would be fitting” for Lynch to return this weekend, given that the initial timetable for his recovery was estimated to be about a month.
Seattle's running game struggled in Sunday's 23-17 loss versus St. Louis, failing to reach 100 yards for the first time in 26 games. Christine Michael and Bryce Brown, who were signed when Thomas Rawls was injured in Week 14, combined for 15 yards on 13 carries against the Rams.
Marshawn Lynch, per Pete Carroll: "Big day today, big day tomorrow. He has a chance (Sun at AZ). Still working out Bay Area" #Seahawks