Pete Carroll spoke to the media this afternoon and gave a few injury updates worth passing along.
Lynch was not at the VMAC facility today, and won't play this week. Carroll said that "he would think" that Lynch will be ready to go for Wildcard Weekend when Seattle plays one of Green Bay, Minnesota, or Washington. He spoke at some length about the decision to allow Lynch to rehab away from the facility and away from the team, noting that that would be standard practice during the offseason and that his training team knows Lynch better than the team does in that regard.
"We trust the process from what's happened in the past," Carroll said. "They know him really well in this mode, and we have a really good relationship with the guys that are doing it. So we really feel confident that we're doing it the right way."
"Under these circumstances, because he's always trained with these guys -- think about it, he's never been here in the offseason, so he's always been with these guys when he's at his best -- we think that they understand this phase of his preparation better than we do," Carroll continued. "So we're just going with what we think is best."
That makes sense, logically, but it's still a bit of a weird, unique situation.
Either way, Lynch won't be back for Week 17 vs. the Cardinals.
Bennett has been struggling with a toe injury the last few weeks and had an "injection procedure" on it Wednesday. He'll have to come back and see how it feels, but his status for Sunday is up in the air. If I had to make a guess, he won't play this week. It just makes more sense to get him fully healthy and ready to go for January 10th.
Kam did not take part in the walk-through this afternoon. That's not a good sign for his ability to get ready for Sunday, but we will have to wait and see.
Okung did take part in the walk-through so it's looking good for him for Sunday. That's a huge relief for Russell Wilson, I'm sure.
Carroll said Monday that they think Hill could be ready for the Cardinals, but he'll definitely play in the Wildcard round.
Wilson is undergoing concussion protocol. Still unknown if he'll return, but he showed good signs of improvement earlier this week.