Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has revealed that running back Marshawn Lynch ruled himself out of Sunday’s playoff clash with the Minnesota Vikings.
Lynch, who underwent abdominal surgery on November 25 and hasn’t played since early that month and Carroll has now revealed that he himself decided late Friday after a full week of practice that he wasn’t able to play. or travel with the team.
“We finished practice [on Friday], and I went right to you guys, to talk to the media, just going on what I had seen,” Carroll said.
“But when he went back to his locker and sat down, he just didn’t feel it. He didn’t feel like he could go, and that’s it. He just didn’t feel like he had it. There wasn’t enough time to build the confidence that he needed to come in and do something.”
Following Seattle’s 10-9 win over the Vikings on Sunday following a dramatic late missed field goal from Blair Walsh, Carroll admitted he wasn’t sure whether Lynch would have any part to play for the remainder of the season, but praised fellow running back Christine Michael for stepping into the vacated spot.
“I don’t even know,” he said.
“Just wait and see and take it one day at a time I guess with Marshawn, we can hope.
“I thought Christine did really well. I thought he ran hard all day long. He ran tough, and he looked like a pro, a real pro playing football.”