Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch hopes to be back on the field by the end of the year after surgery today.
Lynch’s sports hernia surgery was completed this morning and went fine, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. He and the Seahawks hope Lynch can be back in late December.
The good news for the Seahawks is that Lynch’s backup, undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls, has been everything they could have asked for in a backup and more. Rawls has 101 carries for 604 yards, with a 6.0-yard average that’s better than Lynch has ever had. Lynch’s career-high rushing average was 5.0 yards a carry in 2012.
If Lynch is back to full speed by the end of the season, the Seahawks will have a 1-2 running back combination as good as any in the league. The problem is that at 5-5, the Seahawks are at risk of not having anything to play for by the end of the season. The Seahawks will have to win without Lynch before they’re in a position to win anything meaningful with Lynch.