Carroll on Lynch's playing status: 'There's a really good chance'
Running back Marshawn Lynch will accompany the Seattle Seahawks on their trip to Carolina for Sunday's playoff matchup against the top-seeded Panthers.
"(His) bags are packed," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Lynch in a media briefing following Friday's practice. Asked if he expects Lynch to play, Carroll responded: "There's a really good chance."
Lynch, who underwent abdominal surgery on Nov. 25, has not appeared in a game since Nov. 15 versus the Arizona Cardinals. He returned to Seattle last week and practiced fully, but he informed the team last Friday that he was not ready to go and did not accompany the squad to Minnesota for the opening round of the playoffs.
Carroll was non-committal on Lynch's status during an appearance on his weekly radio show Friday morning, but said Lynch had a great week of practice and is "really pumped to play football and play with his team."
Lynch, who has appeared in only seven games this season after playing in all 16 for the previous three seasons, has rushed for at least 100 yards in six of his 10 postseason games. He is listed as probable for Sunday game.