Officially, Marshawn Lynch is questionable for Monday night’s game against the Lions with a hamstring injury. Unofficially, he’s 40-60 to play. As a practical matter, Lynch’s availability will be determined not long before kickoff.
“We won’t know all the way until game time,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Saturday.
Lynch hasn’t practiced this week, but Carroll seemed to suggest that this wouldn’t keep Lynch from playing.
“We would go with him if he can make it, if he can pop out of it, then we would go with him,” Carroll said. “Just based on that he’s had other weeks when he wasn’t able to practice and played very well. But we’ll have to wait and see.”
A different ESPN article said Carroll indicated Saturday that the MRI on Lynch's hamstring did not come back completely clean and reiterated that the running back will be a game-time decision. Carroll also suggested that Lynch had been dealing with a different hamstring injury prior to the Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears.
"He had [an MRI] last week, and nothing showed up," Carroll said. "And then after the game, he aggravated his hamstring in a different area than anything that he had felt the week before. It happened on that play where he caught the ball on fourth down and he got a little something. So we checked it out, and there were some findings. So he's working hard on trying to get it back."
Lynch is risky to say the least. Lynch and Thomas Rawls owners are probably the best off heading into this Monday night matchup. But even last week Lynch suited up only to leave the game by halftime. We could be heading down a similar road here.