Marshawn Lynch's 'bags are packed' for Carolina

Lynch was officially given the "probable" designation by the club but he practiced all week, setting up his return to the field Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Marshawn Lynch has "his bags packed" and will be traveling with the Seattle Seahawks with the expecation of playing Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Pete Carroll confirmed Friday.

"He had a great week, he really did," Carroll said. "He was faster and more explosive."

When asked if Lynch would play, Carroll smiled and said "He has a really good chance."

Lynch, of course, has missed the past eight games after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia. It is the first surgery of his career and there has plenty of speculation as to when -- or if -- he'd be able to return this season. 

In Lynch's absence, the Seahawks have enjoyed strong running from Thomas RawlsChristine Michael and Bryce Brown with Carroll excited about the club's new-found depth at the position discovered after Lynch went down. 

While Michael, in particular, has been steady since Rawls went down with a season-ending ankle injury of his own, Carroll was quick to point out the impact that Lynch has had on the Seahawks and was excited about his return. 

“He’s an extraordinary member of this team, he always has been," Carroll said last week. "He’s been a lead-dog for a long time in this program about carrying the football and being tough and physical and stepping up when you have to, he’s never been anything but that. So the fact that we get a guy like that to come back to us is just a great boost and he’ll add to everybody’s confidence and he’s fun to have around and all that, so it should work out great.”

Assuming Lynch doesn't experience a setback in the next 48 hours, he could be in line for a typical BeastMode workload -- which would give Seattle the balanced attack (along with Russell Wilson's passing) to potentially pull off the upset of the No. 1 seed Panthers. Top Stories