Marshawn Lynch has his third injury of the first nine game weeks this season, this one to his abdomen. The Seahawks list the NFL’s leading rusher and touchdown maker since 2011 as questionable for Sunday night’s NFC West showdown with first-place Arizona, but coach Pete Carroll said following practice Friday the team expects Lynch to start against the Cardinals.
The 29-year-old Lynch did not practice. He got treatment all day Friday instead for pain he began feeling in his stomach at the end of practice Thursday, Carroll said. The coach added Lynch has had this pain before and played on.
Lynch’s latest pain comes after calf and hamstring injuries, the latter of which caused him to miss the win over Detroit and loss at Cincinnati last month.
“He felt something in his abdomen, something he’s had before,” Carroll said. “We treated him all day just to take care of him.”
Asked if he thinks Lynch will be able to play Sunday Carroll said, “We think so, yeah. He thinks he’s OK.”
Lynch was joking with teammates as usual in the locker room following practice. He has 375 yards in six games this season. His average of 3.4 yards per carry is far below his 4.7-yard average last season, when he topped 1,200 yards for the fourth time in four full seasons with Seattle.
Lynch is on pace to finish with 875 yards rushing this season. That would be his lowest since his split season of 2010 with Buffalo and then, after an in-season trade, the Seahawks.
If he is limited in any way Sunday, undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls would get a larger role. Rawls actually leads the team with 376 yards rushing, after two 100-yard games while Lynch was hurt last month.
▪ Carroll said the team will activate second-year wide receiver Paul Richardson from the physically-unable-to-perform list Saturday. The likely corresponding roster move due by 1 p.m. Saturday so Richardson can make his season debut Sunday night: Ricardo Lockette going on injured reserve.
Lockette, who had neck surgery in Dallas last week, was in the locker room following Friday’s practice wearing his neck brace and a smile as he hugged teammates.
I mentioned to the speedy Richardson, who had reconstructive knee surgery in January, he’s going to be the freshest receiver in the league when he debuts three months into the season. He laughed.
“You talk about fresh: Chris Matthews didn’t get his first catch until the Super Bowl last season,” Richardson said of his teammate and fellow wide receiver.
▪ Reading between Carroll’s lines, don’t expect nickel defensive back Jeremy Lane to make his season debut against Arizona. The coach mentioned Friday how soon it’s been since he just returned to practice this week following reconstructive knee surgery, arm surgery and then another operation to clean infection in the arm. It seems too soon to have his first game be against hot Carson Palmer and Arizona’s attacking, deep-passing offense.
▪ Here is the full injury report the teams submitted to the league Friday for Sunday’s game: