Although Carroll acknowledged that Lynch will have to get through the practice week unscathed, he anticipates "Beast Mode" will be the starter for Wild Card Weekend.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport had previously reported that Lynch would only return once he is fully healthy.
Carroll's five-time Pro Bowl power back isn't the only key starter expected to return this week. Strong safety Kam Chancellor and offensive linemen Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy are also due back. Those reinforcements are a scary proposition for the NFC playoff field following Seattle's dismantling of a 13-3 Arizona club in the regular-season finale.