Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch could miss up to a month with an abdominal injury, according to a report from Fox Sports. A source also told ESPN that he’ll need a couple of weeks to see if he can recover after visiting core-muscle specialist Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Myers is a renowned surgeon who has performed over 20,000 sports hernia procedures since the 1980s on athletes such as Donovan McNabb, Grant Hill, and Justin Verlander.
Lynch’s durability has not been an issue in Seattle, missing just one game due to injury in the five seasons prior to this one. He has rushed for 417 yards in seven games this year, to go along with three touchdowns. His 3.8 yards per carry ranks 37th in the National Football League, and is his lowest average since the 2010 season, his first with the Seahawks.
The Seahawks prevailed against their division rivals without their star workhorse, thanks in large part to backup Thomas Rawls. Rawls, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Central Michigan, finished with a career day, toting the ball 30 times for 209 yards and reaching the end zone twice. Rawls should continue to see the lion’s share of the carries with Lynch on the shelf, with hopes of maintaining his NFL-best 5.98 yards per carry.
The two-time defending NFC champs should be able to weather the storm without Marshawn Lynch thanks to Rawls’ ability to carry the load, but Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is hopeful No. 24 will be in his huddle soon. “To have one of the best running backs in the game makes my job a little bit easier, to have him out there making plays,” Wilson said. “He’s a difference-maker for sure.”
Fred Jackson will serve as Rawls’ backup during Lynch’s absence, and the team has also signed veteran Bryce Brown, according to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo’s Twitter account. To make room on the 53-man roster, the Seahawks placed linebacker Nick Moody on injured reserve. This marks Brown’s second stint with Seattle this month, though he did not play in either the Dallas Cowboys or Cardinals games.