- The Seahawks have been ravaged by injuries at running back.
- Marshawn Lynch is visiting Seattle on Monday.
- Beast Mode isn’t what he once was, but has plenty left in the tank.
Beast Mode is back. Well, almost. As the Seattle Seahawks reel from an injury-ravaged backfield, Marshawn Lynch will meet with team officials on Monday about potentially returning to the NFL.
If all goes according to plan, Pete Carroll says there’s “a really good chance” Lynch and the Seahawks will reunite ahead of Sunday’s crucial season finale against the San Francisco 49ers.
Seahawks Suffer Rash of Backfield Injuries
Seattle is in dire straits at running back at the worst possible time.
Starter Chris Carson, the league’s fifth-leading rusher and one of its most prominent Pro Bowl snubs, fractured his hip during Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Backup C.J. Prosise suffered a broken arm against Arizona, too. Their season-ending injuries came just two days after fellow running back Rashaad Penny underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL.
Seattle finished Sunday’s game with sixth-round rookie Travis Homer next to Russell Wilson in the backfield. He had five carries for 16 yards against Arizona after entering Week 15 with just three career rushes.
Most teams with a quarterback playing at Wilson’s exalted level could get away with largely abandoning the running game if necessary. Not the Seahawks. Carroll’s team has relied more on throwing the ball this season than in years past, but still ranks 28th in pass-to-run ratio.
It’s not impossible to imagine Seattle making a deep playoff run by committing further to the air. But this team’s history of emphasizing the run dates back to Lynch’s heyday; eschewing it almost entirely would amount to a major shift in philosophy as the season hangs in the balance.
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