When the Pittsburgh Steelers come off their bye week they will be making a cross-country trek to Seattle to play the 5-5 Seahawks. The one player who might not be on the field for this big Super Bowl 40 rematch is Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch, who suffered an abdominal injury in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals, is going to see a specialist in Philadelphia Monday to have the injury further examined.
Carroll said RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) will see a specialist in Philadelphia on Monday. #SFvsSEA— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 23, 2015
Speculation is Lynch has a sports hernia which needs repaired before he can return to the gridiron. Lynch out of the lineup would seem to be a huge advantage for a Pittsburgh team looking to make a statement to the NFL in Week 12, but the Seahawks running game hasn't missed a beat behind Thomas Rawls.
Rawls, a rookie from Central Michigan, rushed for 209 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11, and has the look of a legitimate running threat for the defending NFC Champions.
The Steelers have been stout in rush defense in 2015. They ranked 5th in the NFL heading into Week 11, only allowing 93 yards per game on the ground, and most recently limited the Cleveland Browns to 15 total yards rushing in Week 10.
The Seahawks and Steelers game will be a fun game to watch, and the absence of Lynch and the insertion of Rawls adds just another wrinkle to a very dynamic matchup.