RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and nose tackle Brandon Mebane will be game-time decisions Monday night against the Detroit Lions.
Lynch and Mebane both left last week’s 26-0 victory over the Chicago Bears in the first half due to injuries. Lynch hurt his hamstring on a fourth-down catch late in the half, and Mebane injured his groin in the first quarter.
Lynch did not start against Chicago after struggling to get loose in pregame warmups. He played 11 snaps before deferring to rookie Thomas Rawls for the remainder of the game. Lynch did not practice this week, but coach Pete Carroll said that wouldn’t prevent the team from playing Lynch if he can get ready in time.
“We would go with him if he can make it,” Carroll said. “If he can pop out of it, then we would go with it. He’s had other weeks when he wasn’t able to practice and played very well, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Lynch had an MRI late last week and another one after the game on Sunday.
“He aggravated his hamstring in a different area than anything that he had felt the week before,” Carroll said. “We checked it out and there was some findings so he’s been working hard at trying to get back. He’s done a really diligent job of rehabbing so we’ll see what happens.”
Lynch has not missed a game since October 2011.
Seattle cornerback Tharold Simon (toe) and safety Steven Terrell (hip) were both ruled out following practice on Saturday. Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (shoulder) was listed as questionable, but Carroll said he won’t play. Fullback Will Tukuafu is expected to get some snaps on defense in Dobbs’ absence.
Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis has a hamstring strain and will be a game-time decision, though Carroll didn’t sound optimistic.
“He doesn’t look like he’s going to make it through the week because he wasn’t able to do anything,” Carroll said.
Lead photo credit: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch makes a move past Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on Sept. 20. (AP)