Seahawks expect Marshawn Lynch (knee) to play Sunday
Lynch made the Seahawks’ injury report with a sore knee for two straight days before returning to practice on Friday. But Lynch’s injury was never considered serious, and now he’s officially listed as probable for the Seahawks’ Week 9 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"He's fine. He feels good," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after Friday’s practice. "His knee was a little sore and we took a look at some stuff, but he came out and was raring to go today."
All of this is good news for the Seahawks (7-1), who could use their featured back on an offense looking to bounce back on Sunday against the Buccaneers. Despite their winless status, the Buccaneers are the NFL's seventh-best rushing defense, after leading the league in that category last season.
"We look at the film and we see a lot of problems," said Carroll. "They're a good run defense and we want to run the football. So it's going to be us going against something they do very well."
In the Seahawks’ last game against the Rams, Lynch didn’t get many carries as he registered a season-low 8 carries for 23 yards on Monday. It is no secret that Lynch recently appeared frustrated by the relative dearth of touches over the past few weeks, which Carroll acknowledged has also become a growing concerns for the Seahawks.
“He and I sat on the plane the other night coming home. We were both sitting in frustration over the exact same issue,” Carroll said of Lynch on Wednesday. “We didn’t get the ball to him in ways that we had to, because of the way the game turned out. There was no intention in it at all. Unfortunately we didn’t get him going. That’s not how we play.”
“I share the frustration with him. I don’t mind one bit him being frustrated about that,” Carroll added. “I was too.”
However, on Friday Carroll promised that the Seahawks were looking for ways to get Lynch more involved on the offense in this week’s game against the Buccaneers.
“He’s going to get more involved than he did last week, I’ll say that,” Carroll noted Friday. “That was not right, and we didn’t get that done. We have to play better so he has the opportunities.”
Lynch has rushed 601 yards on 146 carries (averaging 4.1 yards per carry), with seven touchdowns in eight starts this season.