SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks announced Friday night that Marshawn Lynch has been ruled out for Sunday's wildcard game and did not travel with the team to Minnesota.
"We have downgraded Marshawn Lynch to out," a Seahawks spokesman said. "He did not travel. Following our final workout Friday he felt like he couldn't play."
No further details were provided.
Have we seen the last of Marshawn Lynch in a Seahawks uniform? Seahawks beat reporters for the Seattle Times and The News Tribune of Tacoma said they don't expect Lynch back in 2016.
Coach Pete Carroll said of Lynch during Carroll's radio show on KIRO 97.3 on Friday morning: “He’s going to play. And he’s looked really good in practice. He’s practiced as hard as he ever has throughout the week just to prove to himself that he was right, I think, as well as everybody else. So he’s ready to go, and we are anxious to see him fit in.”
But Friday afternoon, in a post-practice news conference, Carroll said no decision has been made on whether Beast Mode would play Sunday.
"I have not said yet that [Marshawn Lynch] is playing," said Carroll.
Seattle released its injury report on Friday afternoon, and Lynch was listed as questionable.
After recovering from hernia surgery for the past several weeks, Lynch has been a full participant in practice this week and all indications had been that he would play for the first time since Week 10 against Arizona.
Christine Michael started at running back last week and rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 17 carries. He and Bryce Brown, who rushed for 20 yards and a touchdown on nine carries last week, have carried the bulk of the load for the last three weeks at running back since Thomas Rawls went down with a season-ending ankle injury in Week 14 against Baltimore.
Tight end Luke Willson is also ruled out for the game. He took part in practice on a limited basis Wednesday then sat out Thursday, indicating there had been a setback.
Willson suffered a concussion in Seattle's Week 16 loss to St. Louis and missed the regular-season finale.
Everyone else for Seattle was listed as probable including starting strong safety Kam Chancellor, guard J.R. Sweezy and left tackle Russell Okung after all three missed the regular-season finale.