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Nobody knows whether Marshawn Lynch will be back for Sunday’s game

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SEATTLE – Will Marshawn Lynch finally be back on the field for the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday?

Your guess is as good as Pete Carroll’s.

At his weekly press conference Monday, the Seahawks’ coach seemed determined to avoid a repeat of last week’s situation, when he said all week that Lynch was going to play only to see his star running back decide at the last minute no to make the trip to Minneapolis to play the Vikings.

“We’re gonna go one day at a time, see what happens,” Carroll said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

The Seahawks play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in an NFC divisional playoff game. Kickoff is at 10 a.m., and coverage begins on Q13 FOX at 6 a.m.

Lynch was out for six weeks with an abdominal injury, for which he underwent surgery. He rehabbed offsite in the Bay Area, and returned last week seemingly ready to go.

Carroll said that Lynch didn’t suffer a major setback in his recovery.

He just didn’t feel like he could have the confidence that he’d be able to go. “ Carrol said. “… This is his first surgery ever and it happened to be right in his core, and you all have watched him –  you know what kind of runner he is. All of the lateral things that he does with his body that are so abrupt and so sudden.

“He needs to be able to do those things even though he can run fast and really look like he’s moving, he didn’t have the confidence that he could go out there and react to guys and there’s nothing we can do about that.”

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