Surgery or rest for Marshawn? Conflicting reports come out, but appears he’ll be out for weeks

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SEATTLE — ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a source, reported Tuesday night that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch needs “a couple weeks to see how he does” and “to see if he can recover” from his abdominal injury.

This came after Lynch met in Philadelphia earlier Tuesday with specialist Dr. William Meyers and it was believed he might have to undergo season-ending surgery for what could be a sports hernia.

The Seattle Seahawks released no update on Lynch.

But then NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, also citing a source, said Lynch is set to have surgery on a sports hernia Wednesday morning and that he’s expected to be out about a month.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports posted the following on Twitter:

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said in a post-game news conference last Sunday: “We’re going to try to take care of him, he’s going to make a trip to go see (a specialist) out in Philadelphia to see if we can figure out what’s going on. It’s an abdominal issue, there’s a lot going on there, so we’ve got to see what that all means.”

Lynch was originally listed as probable for last Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, but he did not play due to an “abdominal injury.”

“We rested him all week and we rehabbed him all week-long. Really the first time we took a real look at was out here in pregame, and he just couldn’t get going,” Carroll said.

Lynch has been ruled out for this Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Replacing Lynch in the backfield is undrafted rookie free agent Thomas Rawls, who carried 30 times for 209 yards against the 49ers.