The Seahawks get an extra day to get running back Marshawn Lynch on the field due to a cocktail of injuries that limited his availability on Sunday — and that resulted in an MRI on his hamstring.
Like most prudent coaches, Pete Carroll won’t be offering anything until he has to.
“Not at this point,” Carroll said Thursday when asked whether he knows if Lynch will be able to play on Monday night against the Lions. “It’s going to take us all week to figure out and see how he is.”
In other words, check the injury reports. There’s a chance folks will be checking the injury reports regarding Lynch, who didn’t practice on Thursday, for a while.
“We’ll just wait and see,” Carroll said regarding whether it could be a long-term problem for Lynch. “We don’t need to make any big declarations right now. We’ll just wait and gather information right now. I know he wants to play and he’s determined to try to do that, so we’ll just see. . . . It may go all the way to game day.”
If Lynch can’t go, the Seahawks feel pretty good about undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls, who ran for 104 yards against the Bears on 16 carries. As Carroll tells it, he felt pretty good about Rawls in April, as the draft approached.
“I loved the way he finished plays,” Carroll said regarding Rawls. “He had good quickness, he got in the open field, but the way he finished he was very aggressive. He almost was a heat-seeking missile to find guys that were after him. That demonstrated to me a nature about him that I thought was unique, and I liked it more than anybody I saw in the draft. He was my favorite guy for being the aggressive tough guy, and running at people because you can’t make everyone miss in this league. You’re going to get in to those situations, you’re going to have to face guys up and he’s got a way about him. Just look at the first run he broke out, right in front of our bench, he took a couple of guys on and went after it. That’s built into him. I really like that. I think we always appreciate the tough running style Marshawn has given us for years, so Thomas fits that mold a little bit.”
“Well, just, [G.M.] John [Schneider] knew how it was going to go,” Carroll said. “He calculated that we’d have a shot, we thought about it. That’s his sense for the guy, [he] would be available then. So we went after him immediately after the draft so we could get him.”
It may have been the best move the Seahawks have made since snagging Russell Wilson in round three. And it could finally give the Seahawks a successor to Lynch.