Due to the abdominal injury he sustained during the regular season, Seattle Seahawks’ notorious running back Marshawn Lynch will be inactive for the Seahawks’ upcoming Wild Card game against the Minnesota Vikings. Lynch hasn’t played with his teammates since Nov. 15th, and there was much anticipation on his presence for Sunday’s game, especially because he joined in team practices this week, for the first time since recuperating from the abdominal surgery he underwent Nov. 25th.
“We’ve got to go tomorrow, make sure that he’s OK after today, that same old thing,” said Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll on Jan. 8th. “We’ll see how he’s taken to the week’s work and all of that. He looked good during the week and did some really good stuff, so we’ll just use all of the time that we have available.”
But, hoping for Lynch to be healthy by Sunday might be a childish mindset for Carroll. Sure, Lynch has proved himself to be a mighty running back, earning statistics like 417 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the mere seven games in which he actually participated this season.
However, what Carroll and the Seahawks really need to keep in mind is the fact that taking on the Vikings means taking on the unstoppable Adrian Peterson, who leads the NFL in rushing yards, and could pose as a huge threat to the Seahawks’ further advancement to the playoffs this season.
“…We’re just going to go play football,” said Carroll. “We’re going to do what we do and see if we can play the way we’re capable of playing and not worry about what they’re going to do.”