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Marshawn Lynch tells ESPN’s Kenny Mayne “I’m ready”

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rushes against Carolina Panthers' Ryan Delaire (91) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) AP

It’s appearing more and more likely that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will make his return to the lineup for Sunday’s NFC Divisional Round game against the Carolina Panthers.

When asked via text by Kenny Mayne of ESPN how he was doing, Lynch replied with a simple two-word reply: “I’m ready.”

Lynch completed his fifth consecutive practice with the Seahawks on Thursday after returning to the team last week. After having surgery to correct an abdominal issue on Nov. 25, Lynch spent several weeks rehabbing in the Bay Area. He was then a full participant in all three practices with Seattle last week before telling the team he wasn’t yet ready to play and not making the trip to Minnesota with the team.

Lynch has been a full participant in both practices this week in preparation for the Panthers on Sunday.

“I can’t judge each and every day, but probably one of the best days that he had out here today,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said on Wednesday. “…He had a little bit more pace, a little bit more tempo to him even than he did at the end of last week.”

Lynch had 54 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries against the Panthers in Week 6. He’s averaged just 60.6 yards per game in five total meetings (four regular season, one postseason) and scored just one rushing touchdown against Carolina in the last four seasons.

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43 Responses to “Marshawn Lynch tells ESPN’s Kenny Mayne “I’m ready””
  1. ariani1985 says: Jan 15, 2016 12:37 AM

    Translation, losing in the playoffs suck! Should have gave him the ball instead of a game manager throwing a pick!

  2. fetts81 says: Jan 15, 2016 12:47 AM

    Perfect. Beast mode is an after thought. Panthers all the way

  3. ibrandon360 says: Jan 15, 2016 12:53 AM

    I love Marshawn but the Panthers have usually kept him in check in the past years so I’m honestly not expecting much from him. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t be a factor in key situations

  4. pluvaas says: Jan 15, 2016 1:04 AM

    In Beast Mode we trust. Go Hawk!

  5. fmckenney says: Jan 15, 2016 1:06 AM

    The offensive line has shown significant improvement since game six…should be a real plus for Marshawn.
    Go Hawks!

  6. buffaboy says: Jan 15, 2016 1:07 AM

    I hope Cam Newton & Co. knock the Seahawks flat on their backs!

  7. beastmode5150 says: Jan 15, 2016 1:07 AM


  8. hawkychick says: Jan 15, 2016 1:39 AM

    The Beast is back! He’ll have fresh legs and determination to prove the doubters wrong! GO HAWKS…. Oh, and….


  9. travlinful says: Jan 15, 2016 1:56 AM

    Welcome back BeastMode!

  10. tybalt1211 says: Jan 15, 2016 1:59 AM


  11. theashleyguy says: Jan 15, 2016 2:02 AM

    Hope that’s true. Hope he does outstanding. But, to be honest, I am starting to have my doubts. And so I hope I am wrong and he rushes for 150 yards.

  12. aj66shanghai says: Jan 15, 2016 2:15 AM

    Glad to have him back. Now, please don’t alter the offense. Give him 15-20 carries max.

  13. jshawaii22 says: Jan 15, 2016 3:02 AM

    that’s a hard decision. He really has not had a good year at all and Christine Michael is doing OK. At best they should split the carries more then the Seahawks normally do.

  14. number1hawkfan says: Jan 15, 2016 3:06 AM

    Just hoping to see the beast one last time. Could be watching the last 4 quarters of him in a hawks uniform. Maybe 12 if everything breaks right for us. Also, the haters that are chiming in on chipper down in Santa Clara remember. There was a college coach that no one thought would work in the NFL about 5 years ago. His record. 4 out of five playoffs appearances. 9-3 in the playoffs 2 NFC championships and one world championship. Pretty decent run and I love him. I’d have his baby. That’s Pete Carroll. So anyone saying chipper can’t win don’t get to excited. You never know. I’m just glad all signs are pointing towards kaperchoke staying which as a hawks is fun. He likes giving us 2 wins a year.

  15. chawk12thman says: Jan 15, 2016 3:30 AM

    Great to hear.

    By the way, it isn’t the amount of yards that he gets, but the fact that the Panthers have to defend against beast mode that will help the Seahawks the most. If he gets 130 plus a TD, that would be outstanding. However, I expect him to gets the average yards which will help open up the play action/passing game.

    Go Hawks!

  16. hawks321 says: Jan 15, 2016 3:40 AM

    Welcome back Beastmode… this is gonna be fun!

  17. nwofolife says: Jan 15, 2016 3:58 AM

    Panthers are paper Tigers. Newton’s gonna struggle against the LOB. Russells gonna have a big game. And come Monday all you bandwagon panther fans will be whining about how Rivera can’t win a big game.

    Can’t wait to taste the delicious tears of all you bandwagon panther fans.

  18. Fasces Praxis says: Jan 15, 2016 4:12 AM

    Hes not beating Carolina.

  19. lastnameiswilson says: Jan 15, 2016 4:26 AM

    Let’s do it BEAST! Here we come Carolina….scared? You should be!

  20. lastnameiswilson says: Jan 15, 2016 5:08 AM


  21. DugoutDirtbag says: Jan 15, 2016 5:23 AM

    Is it a good thing or bad thing when your your teams star player and your telling Kenny Mayne your ready to play?

    Guess that’s a question for ‘beast modes’ agent at this point…

  22. jmethane says: Jan 15, 2016 5:24 AM

    Ruh roh…

  23. vicvinegar00 says: Jan 15, 2016 5:49 AM

    Kenny Mayne is still around?

  24. tooz72 says: Jan 15, 2016 6:14 AM

    Kenny Mayne is still alive?

  25. rutherforddabrave says: Jan 15, 2016 6:20 AM

    This guy is SUCH a wierdo!

  26. proudchowdahead13 says: Jan 15, 2016 7:02 AM

    Just didn’t want to play last week in the cold weather.

  27. dmvdmv101560 says: Jan 15, 2016 7:14 AM

    Sure, he’s ready to go this week because it was too damn cold for him to play last week in Minnesota!

  28. vikingforlife says: Jan 15, 2016 7:39 AM

    SURE, now that the temperature is just to his liking, woosie! No matter! The Panthers are going to CRUSH them!!!! Keep POUNDING Panthers .Cant’t wait to see all the kids that get footballs from Cam on Sunday!!!

  29. nosleeptilsb says: Jan 15, 2016 7:50 AM

    Spot Seattle 2 TD’s on Lynch alone.

  30. bradygirl12 says: Jan 15, 2016 8:02 AM

    Yeah,he’s ready…to play in balmy Carolina,but he wasn’t ready to play in the icebox in Minnesota. They were lucky to win that game. What a team guy…

  31. supremeliving2 says: Jan 15, 2016 8:05 AM

    Still a BeastMode fan prove the haters wrong Lynch

  32. seahawksbmx says: Jan 15, 2016 8:16 AM

    I’m just here ’cause I feel fine.

  33. bighawk46 says: Jan 15, 2016 8:29 AM

    BEAST MODE!!!!!!!!

  34. number8nine says: Jan 15, 2016 8:32 AM

    “He’s averaged just 60.6 yards per game in five total meetings (four regular season, one postseason) and scored just one rushing touchdown against Carolina in the last four seasons.”

    Better start eating your skittles now Marshawn.

  35. omeimontis says: Jan 15, 2016 8:35 AM

    I think he wanted to say, “I’m ready to retire.”

  36. ninerfan81 says: Jan 15, 2016 8:44 AM

    the Vikings scared the Seahawks straight

  37. seabrawk12 says: Jan 15, 2016 9:17 AM

    the Vikings scared the Seahawks straight

    If the Vikings could do that to the Hawks,

    Imagine what Chip will do to the Niners.

    Go HAWKS

  38. pluvaas says: Jan 15, 2016 9:34 AM

    Number8nine…Thx for the stat…we’ll take Beast Modes 60 yds and 1 TD this Sunday to go with the other 60+ rushing yards that RW and Michael will combine for. You forgot to mention overall quarterbacking and defensive stats as well…Seahawks are more proficient than Carolina. Hawks 24 – 10.

  39. thebirdofprey says: Jan 15, 2016 10:30 AM

    I was reading an article where it said Seattle run game will struggle against against maybe the best front 7 in football. Seahawks front 7 is the number 1 rush defense in NFL but only recognized by football junkies and coaches. Mebane and Rubin have been immovable- Bennett, Avril and Irvin – get pressure with the least blitzes in NFL. KJ Wright played better than Wagner who made the Pro Bowl.

    If Beast Mode becomes the focus of Carolina expect Wilson making some big plays whether its running the ball or throwing it down the field. In those 5 meetings where he averaged 60 yards – Seattle won 4 of them.

  40. krm62015 says: Jan 15, 2016 11:08 AM

    Panther fans seem to forget when they won in Seattle earlier this season. Lynch missed the game before with nagging injuries and was affected by it in the Panther game. Kam was in his third game back, so just getting his game legs. Wagner did not play at all, oh and they had the sieve Carrie Williams still at corner. So with all that, this game comes down to the final play.

  41. smartcollegefootball says: Jan 15, 2016 11:30 AM

    Lynch knew it was better for the team last week to stand down and give the ball to Michael


  42. youdrivemenutseagles says: Jan 15, 2016 1:56 PM

    He’ll fake another injury this Sunday, you watch. He’s giving the ‘Hawks the finger before he leaves.

  43. spinoza3 says: Jan 16, 2016 12:21 AM

    Beast Mode will drag Luke Kuechly across the state line…

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