Seattle Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch good for Sunday, and Seahawks have positive news on Chris Carson

Chris Carson will be back for the start of full prep for next season.

Rashaad Penny’s road back from injury will be longer.

Coach Pete Carroll gave a New Year’s Day update to the status for 2020 of the Seahawks’ top two running backs. Both are out with season-ending injuries.

Does Carson need surgery for his cracked hip he got last month to prematurely end his 1,230-yard rushing season?

“No. As a matter of fact, I saw Chris (Tuesday), and he was in very good spirits because of that,” Carroll said four days before the Seahawks (11-5) play at Philadelphia (9-7) in the NFC wild-card round. “It’s still quite an extensive recovery, but he has no surgery and he doesn’t have to undergo any of those issues. He was really thrilled about that.

“The recovery will be as quickly as possible. He was really of good attitude about it and all that. He’s a great worker. We don’t have any problem expecting him to come back.”

Back in time for the start of 2020’s training camp in late July, for the final season of his rookie contract as Seattle’s seventh-round draft choice in 2017?

“Absolutely,” Carroll said, “yeah.”

The coach didn’t have as enthusiastic a prognosis for Penny, who was a key to Seattle’s win at Philadelphia in late November. The number-two back, the Seahawks’ first-round pick in 2018, did more damage beyond the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee on his only play of last month’s loss at the Los Angeles Rams.

Torn ACL and knee-reconstruction surgery often involve nine to 12 months of recovery time.

“He’s got a totally different situation because he’s got to do all the rehabbing and stuff,” Carroll said of Penny. “All the expectations are that he’ll make it back. It was a legit surgery that’s going to call for the full length of time, and it’s a little bit less predictable with his recovery than it would be for Chris.”

Asked if Penny’s injury was more than just the ACL tear, Carroll said: “There was some stuff, yeah. There were some other things that they had to clean up and all that. It was more than just a simple ACL surgery, if it ever is ‘simple.’”

The run-based Seahawks now have rookie Travis Homer, a sixth-round pick from Miami who was only a special-teams player into mid-December, and some guy named Marshawn Lynch as their new “one-two punch” for the playoffs, as Carroll called them last weekend.

Lynch, 33, was full go in practice Wednesday, three days after he carried the ball 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown against San Francisco in his first game in 14 months, and first four the Seahawks in nearly four full years.

Carroll said Lynch is ready for more Sunday in the playoff opener against the Eagles.

“Yeah, he’s good. He’s ready to go,” the coach said. “Ready to practice...and no hesitation.”

Gregg Bell is the Seahawks and NFL writer for The News Tribune. In January 2019 he was named the Washington state sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media Association. He started covering the NFL in 2002 as the Oakland Raiders beat writer for The Sacramento Bee. The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season of 2005. In a prior life he graduated from West Point and served as a tactical intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, so he may ask you to drop and give him 10.
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