Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will be evaluated by Dr.William C. Meyers in Philadelphia Tuesday to determine the extent of his abdomen issues.
And while Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it’s unclear what will be found, he indicated Monday it is unlikely Lynch would be able to play Sunday against the Steelers.
Lynch was declared inactive for Sunday’s game against the 49ers with an abdominal injury that could also be a sports hernia.
Carroll said the team may hear results of the exams by Tuesday afternoon.
Asked if there was a chance Lynch could play Sunday against the Steelers, Carroll said “I don’t know about that now.It’s legitimately bothering him. You know he would have played yesterday ifhe couldhave. So I don’t know that (playing against the Steelers). Maybe.’’
Carroll had indicated last Friday that Lynch would be able to play against the 49ers.
Asked what changed in Lynch’s condition Carroll noted that Lynch did not practice last week.
“He hadn’t done much to protect it,’’ Carroll said. “So until he tested it, and we waited through the week ot test it, he was doing stuff but he wasn’t doing running that would aggravate it in the hopes it would settle down, calm down and be okay. When he went out there in pre-game he just didn’t feel very good and all of the work that they did and the stretching and all of that stuff didn’t help him,so he couldn’t do it.’’
Carroll said that Lynch could have surgery immediately if it is deemed necessary but said the main reason for setting up the visit is to evaluate Lynch and determine what is wrong.
“I don’t know about the surgery,’’ he said. “It could happen. It’s a possibility. But (the reason for the visit) is to go back there and find out what’s next and there are a couple of choices possibly depending on what the doc feels is necessary and then we’ll see what it all means.’’
Carroll said the decision Sunday not to play Lynch “really went right up until 10-15 minutes’’ before the list of inactive players had to be sent in, which is 90 minutes prior to gametime.
Seattle now has an obvious replacement for Lynch in Thomas Rawls, who rushed for 209 yard sin a 29-13 win over the 49ers.
In other injury news
— Carroll said the Seahawks will activate cornerback Jeremy Lane this week and place him on the 53-man roster for the game against the Steelers. That will require a roster move opening up a spot for Lane, though that could wait until Saturday. Lane has not played since tearing an ACL and breaking his wrist in the Super Bowl.
— Carroll said it would take “a pretty big recovery’’ for Bruce Irvin to be able to play against the Steeleres as he is battling a sprained MCL further adding it “would be pretty special’’ if he could pull that off. So sounds like no Irvin against the Steelers.
— Carroll sounded similary pessimistic about WR Paul Richardson, who sat out against the 49ers with a pulled hamstring. Carroll said hamstrings are “almost always 10-14 days’’ and that “we are going to error on the side of getting him back and wait if we have to.’’
— Carroll indicated the ankle injuries to Doug Baldwin and Patrick Lewis are not something that will hold them out against the Steelers.
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