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Pete Carroll addresses Marshawn Lynch’s litany of injuries


Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been a member of the walking wounded for weeks now, and head coach Pete Carroll indicated Monday the team will take a wait-and-see approach to his potential availability going forward.

Lynch suffered a hamstring injury when he made a catch on a fourth-and-one play late in the first half and sat out the remainder of Seattle’s 26-0 win over the Chicago Bears. Further complicating matters is that Lynch already was dealing with a calf injury and neck injury suffered in the team’s two previous games.

Carroll said Lynch was scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday and his potential availability for next Monday’s game against the Detroit Lions “will be important when we get the results back on that.’’

“Today we are looking at the hamstring, yeah,’’ Carroll said Monday, via The Seattle Times. “I think the calf thing is resolving.’’

Lynch reportedly also is dealing with a lingering back issue as well, something that has maligned the running back in the past. And while Lynch has no apparent history of issues with hamstrings, Carroll said everything will come down to how Lynch looks in practice whenever he retakes the field, although the extra day off certainly allows Lynch some additional time for recovery.

“That helps a little bit,’’ Carroll said. “But we really won’t know until we get the week started and we start practicing.’’

The Seahawks managed to get off the snide and notch their first victory of the season Sunday courtesy of the hapless Bears. The team gets another favorable opponent in the similarly win-less Lions. With that in mind, the Sehawks could very easily be back at .500 by the end of Week 4.

Regarding Lynch, Carroll appeared encouraged by the play of Thomas Rawls, an undrafted rookie free agent, who carried the ball 16 times for 104 yards in Sunday’s win.

“We got the pup going,’’ Carroll said of the rookie. “And it was kind of fun to watch him do it.’’

But that doesn’t mean Carroll and company aren’t hoping Beast Mode is ready to be unleashed come Monday night.