RENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch traveled to Philadelphia on Monday to see a specialist about his abdomen injury, and it’s possible that he will have surgery before returning to Seattle, coach Pete Carroll said.
"I don’t know that about the surgery," Carroll said. "It could happen. I don’t know that. It’s a possibility. But it was to go back there for the evaluation to find out what’s next, and there are a couple choices possibly depending on what the doc feels is necessary, and then we’ll just wait and see what that all means."
If Lynch were to undergo sports hernia surgery, he likely would be out for an extended period of time.
Carroll was asked whether there’s any scenario where Lynch would be back for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"I don’t know about that now," he said. "It’s legitimately bothering him. He would have played yesterday if he could have, so I don’t know that."
Lynch suffered the injury in practice before the Seahawks’ Week 10 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He started and played 79 percent of the team’s snaps. But Carroll said the injury started to bother him late in the game.
Lynch was listed as questionable before Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, but he didn’t feel right during pregame warmups, Carroll said.
From 2010 to 2014, Lynch missed just one game due to injury. He’s missed three of 10 games this season and could be out even longer.
Replacing Lynch in the backfield is undrafted rookie free agent Thomas Rawls, who carried 30 times for 209 yards against the 49ers.