Seahawks coach Pete Carroll doesn’t seem as optimistic about running back Marshawn Lynch returning from abdominal surgery as quickly as the team initially anticipated, Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seatle reports.
Lynch had surgery on Nov. 25 in Philadelphia. Carroll indicated at the time that Lynch could be back within 3 or 4 weeks, but he said Monday that the early end of that initial timetable may have been unrealistic in retrospect even though Lynch appears to be progressing nicely.
“The reports are that he’s doing really well. He’s left Philadelphia now, so we’ll see how it goes the next few weeks, see how he comes around,” Carroll said. “It’s so much to ask him to jump back after three weeks. I don’t even know how we could think that way, but this is week three starting up, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Questions about Lynch’s whereabouts also led to some interesting responses from Carroll. Lynch was initially expected to remain in Philadelphia for several days following his surgery. He has since left and was reportedly spotted over the weekend attending a Cal women’s basketball game at his alma mater in Berkeley, which is near his hometown of Oakland.
Asked if Lynch will be returning to the Seahawks’ training facility, where he could continue his rehab under the guidance of the team’s medical staff, Carroll said he didn’t know.
“I haven’t talked to him yet so I’m not sure where we are with that right now,” he said. “Right now it’s still rehab.”