Sea­hawks may bring back Lynch

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The Sea­hawks could be re­unit­ing with former star run­ning back Mar­shawn Lynch, coach Pete Car­roll said dur­ing his ra­dio show Mon­day.

Lynch flew to Seat­tle and un­der­went a phys­i­cal later that day. The Sea­hawks are in des­per­ate need of run­ning backs af­ter Chris Car­son (hip) and C.J. Pro­sise (arm) both suf­fered sea­son-end­ing in­juries in Sun­day’s 27-13 loss to the Car­di­nals.

“... We’re go­ing to give him a re­ally good chance of com­ing back and play­ing for us,” Car­roll said of Lynch.

Lynch hasn’t played in more than a year. His last game was Week 6 of last sea­son with the Raiders be­fore a core in­jury ended his sea­son.

But the best stretch of Lynch’s ca­reer came dur­ing his six sea­sons with the Sea­hawks. He ar­rived via trade from the Bills early in the 2010 sea­son and be­came the face of a fran­chise filled with stars dur­ing his time. Some­times dif­fi­cult to deal with, but al­most al­ways pro­duc­tive on the field, Lynch rushed for 6,347 yards and 57 touch­downs in the reg­u­lar sea­son dur­ing his time with the team.

Lynch will al­ways be re­mem­bered for his touch­down run in the 2010 play­offs against the Saints that helped coined the nick­name “Beast Mode.” It was the top of the long list of high­lights with the Sea­hawks.

The cur­rent Sea­hawks need pro­duc­tion and that will be the big ques­tion with a 33-year-old run­ning back. Lynch av­er­aged 4.2 yards per carry and 62.7 yards per game be­fore get­ting in­jured last sea­son.

The Sea­hawks would take those kinds of numbers to help make up for the loss of Car­son, who fin­ished the year with a ca­reer-high 1,230 yards and 4.4 yards per at­tempt.

ESPN re­ported that former run­ning back Robert Turbin signed with the Sea­hawks on Mon­day night. He played for the team from 2012-14 and was Lynch’s backup.

Mixed bag for Ea­gles: Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz suf­fered a frac­tured rib dur­ing the Ea­gles’ win over the Cow­boys on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to re­ports Mon­day.

There’s no timetable yet for his re­turn, but the Ea­gles be­lieve the in­jury is bad.

The Ea­gles can clinch the NFC East ti­tle with a road win over the Gi­ants in the fi­nale.

On the pos­i­tive side, ESPN re­ported that run­ning back Jor­dan Howard likely will re­turn for the game af­ter miss­ing the last six with a shoul­der in­jury.

Rest­ing Ravens: Hav­ing al­ready ac­com­plished all their goals for the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Ravens will play the fi­nale against the Steelers this week­end with­out quar­ter­back and lead­ing league MVP can­di­date La­mar Jack­son, eight-time Pro Bowl guard Mar­shal Yanda and sev­eral other key starters, in­clud­ing in­jured run­ning back Mark In­gram.

The Ravens (13-2) ex­tended their win­ning streak to 11 games and clinched the top seed in the AFC play­offs with a Week 16 win over the Browns. In­gram left in the fourth quar­ter with a calf in­jury, but should be ready when the Ravens open the play­offs at home dur­ing the se­cond week­end in Jan­uary.

Ravens coach John Har­baugh said Mon­day that In­gram has a “mild to mod­er­ate calf strain” and would prob­a­bly be un­avail­able against the Steelers even if the game mat­tered to Bal­ti­more.

“We’d be look­ing for him to be ready in two weeks,” Har­baugh said.

In­gram has rushed for 1,018 yards and scored 15 touch­downs. The Ravens will use Gus Ed­wards and rookie Jus­tice Hill at run­ning back against the Steelers (8-7), who are still in the play­off hunt.

Jack­son will get a well-de­served day off af­ter run­ning for 1,206 yards and throw­ing 36 touch­down passes over the first 15 games.

Robert Grif­fin III will start in Jack­son’s place, and it’s pos­si­ble that third-stringer Trace McSor­ley could make his NFL de­but.

Safety Earl Thomas and de­fen­sive tackle Bran­don Wil­liams will also be rested, said Har­baugh, who ex­pects to ex­pand that list as the week goes on.

Har­baugh un­der­stands the po­ten­tial down­side of hav­ing some of his star play­ers go­ing three weeks with­out game ac­tion, but hopes spir­ited prac­tice ses­sions will fill the void.

OTTO GREULE JR/GETTY

Sea­hawks coach Pete Car­roll talks with Mar­shawn Lynch dur­ing a game in 2013.

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