Seahawks' Carroll unsure of Lynch's status, dismisses talk of setback
Marshawn Lynch's status for Sunday's game at the Carolina Panthers remains unclear, but Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said his star running back did not have an issue during Friday's practice.
“He did not have a setback," Carroll told reporters Monday, countering a claim made by Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson, on Saturday. “He just didn’t feel like he could go."
"No, he did not have a setback"-Pete Carroll on Marshawn Lynch not playing or going to Minnesota. "Just didn't feel he could go" #Seahawks— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) January 11, 2016
Lynch rejoined the team last week for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery on Nov. 25. He practiced fully for three days but told the team following Friday's session that he did not feel he was prepared to play.
“He just didn’t have the confidence that he would be able to go," Carroll said. "I said earlier today that this is his first surgery ever and it happens to be right in his core. You all have watched him and you know what kind of runner he is, and all of the lateral things that he does with his body (that) is so abrupt and so sudden, he needs to feel that he can do those things in the end."
Carroll said it's conceivable that Lynch would wind up a game-time decision in the rematch against the top-seeded Panthers, who held Lynch to 54 yards on 17 carries in a 27-23 victory at Seattle in Week 6.
“It really could,” Carroll said. “I don’t know. I can’t tell you because he doesn’t know yet. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Christine Michael rushed for 70 yards on 21 carries in the Seahawks' 10-9 victory at Minnesota on Sunday. Fellow running back Bryce Brown did not play in that game, but Carroll said he was not hurt.