Marshawn Lynch Expected To Return For Playoffs

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch will be ready for the playoffs, says Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

After undergoing abdominal surgery Nov. 25 and out since Nov. 15, the star running back has been rehabbing ... and is expected to start against the Minnesota Vikings in the wild-card game this weekend.

"He's ready to go," Carroll said. "He's in the program, going, working, and he's going to keep doing his workouts here with us today and tomorrow. And Wednesday, we're going to practice and see how he feels and how far he can take it. He's worked out in incredibly competitive situations. He, physically, should be ready to go, but now we've got to translate it into football and directly to us. I'm not worried about him having any problem with the system or any of that kind of stuff. It's been a while, but he'll be fine. So we'll just see if he can handle it and expect that he will."

When asked if Lynch would be able to handle a full workload, Carroll said: "I think so, yeah. This is similar to the first game of the year, really, is what it would be like. So we don't have any different expectations than that. So we're going in it with the same thought. We've been around him for such a long time that we're going to be able to recognize his movement. That's all we really want to see -- that he can get in and out of his breaks and do the things that he always can do and that he can withstand the workload and all of that."

Lynch appeared in seven games for the Seahawks this season, carrying the football 111 times for 417 yards.

Other Seahawks options in the backfield are Christine Michael and Bryce Brown. Michael has carried 39 times for 192 yards (4.92 YPC). Brown has 26 carries for 72 yards (2.77 YPC).