Marshawn Lynch might return to practice this week

The Seattle Seahawks need Marshawn Lynch back in the mix -- and they just might get him.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday that the team's sidelined running back has a chance to return to practice on Wednesday "if today and tomorrow go well" and team doctors clear him to return.

Lynch hasn't played since Week 10 after undergoing sports hernia surgery. His time has been spent rehabbing in the Bay Area, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Beast Mode is expected to return to Seattle sometime in the middle of this week.

In his place, Thomas Rawls served as an outstanding replacement, but the rookie was lost for the year in Week 14 with an ankle injury, leaving the combination of Fred Jackson, Christine Michael and Bryce Brown to handle the load. The trio combined for just 21 yards in Sunday's stunning loss to the Rams, leaving Seattle desperate for Lynch's healthy return to the lineup.

With the Cardinalsnext up on Sunday and a playoff race to follow, Lynch might not be the only face welcomed back to the lineup, with Carroll saying Monday that safety Kam Chancellor, offensive tackle Russell Okung, and defensive tackle Jordan Hill all have a chance to play the regular-season finale.

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