Pete Carroll gives updates on Seahawks Marshawn Lynch, Jeremy Lane and Patrick Lewis

Pete Carroll met with the media yesterday at CenturyLink and among the topics discussed were medical updates on three key "starters" in running back Marshawn Lynch, nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane and center Patrick Lewis. These notes and more make up today's Key Press Conference Takeaways.

By now, you know that Marshawn Lynch underwent surgery Wednesday morning to correct the mysterious abdominal/sports hernia issue which made the Pro Bowl running back a surprise inactive last week against the San Francisco 49ers. 

Carroll provided an update on Lynch Wednesday afternoon in his opening statement.

"[Lynch] had the surgery and he's going to stay back east for a number of days until it's time to come back," Carroll said. "We'll see what happens when he returns. The doctor was very optimistic about a quick recovery, and that could mean within three or four weeks, or something like that, there's a chance. So we'll see how that all works out."

The Seahawks are cautiously hopeful that Lynch will return this season to pair with young star Thomas Rawls but Carroll cautioned that it isn't a foregone conclusion he'll be able to do so.

"Well I think you'd have to say that there is a chance, yeah," Carroll said when asked if Lynch could be out the rest of the year. "You said is there any chance,there's a chance, but we don't expect that to happen."

Carroll was, however, confident that Jeremy Lane, the club's former standout nickel cornerback, will be able to return this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers

"Yes, Jeremy's going to be active," Carroll said when asked if the 25-year old Lane had sufficiently recovered from the torn ACL and broken arm he suffered in the Super Bowl. "And if he makes it through the week okay, he's going to be dressing and playing."

Getting Lane back against a Steelers squad loaded with playmakers at wide receiver would be a huge boost to the defense, especially with Cary Williams getting benched last week in favor of DeShawn Shead. Both Shead and Williams have the length Seattle prefers on the perimeter but neither possesses the shiftiness to best-suited to covering Pittsburgh's All-Pro Antonio Brown or Markus Wheaton. Meanwhile, the bigger (but equally fast) Martavis Bryant has emerged as one of the NFL's elite vertical threats, presenting another formidable challenge to take advantage of Ben Roethlisberger's big arm.

As is often the case, the best defense against Pittsburgh's high-powered passing attack (other than a dominant pass rush) is keeping Roethlisberger and Co. off the field.

Fortunately for the Seahawks, Carroll expressed confidence that Lewis - whose promotion to starting center has helped spark Seattle's stagnant offense - should be able to play against the Steelers after suffering an ankle sprain last week.

Carroll said that Patrick Lewis participated in Wednesday's walk-through and that "he'll be fine" for Sunday.

The head coach, however, made the rare acknowledgement that perhaps Lewis should have been the starter over Drew Nowak and Lemuel Jeanpierre all along.

When asked if he had any regrets about not starting Lewis sooner, Carroll's answer was telling.

 "Now that I see how he's doing," Carroll said. "We really set our sights on trying to get Drew [Nowak] going. We thought that there was going to be a quick upsurge in his play, and it was hard for him in making the transition and all that. So as I look back now, I would've liked to have given Patrick a chance earlier so that we would've compared it. But we still would've wanted to see how Drew would develop. His learning curve is just going to take a little bit longer. It just didn't happen as fast as we needed it to. Just the experience of Patrick playing really helped us. So I'll say yes to that, guys don't do that very often, do they?"
Finally, while Carroll had reason to be optimistic about his team's relative health, he fully realized the Steelers - also regaining some health following their bye last week - are a formidable opponent.

"So [Pittsburgh is] a big challenge for us, and it's a good one," Carroll said. "It's a championship type of matchup that we love and we're looking forward to getting ready for this thing."


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