The Seattle running back was listed as probable for the
"Bags are packed," Seattle Coach
Lynch being listed as probable is the most encouraging sign that Seattle will get its starting running back on the field for the first time since Week 10 against Arizona. Lynch underwent abdominal surgery on Nov. 25 and was away from the team doing his rehab until last week.
Seattle was hopeful Lynch would return a week ago for the NFC wild-card game against Minnesota, but he did not accompany the team to Minneapolis after determining he was not ready to play. Carroll said Lynch looked better in practice this week than he did before the Minnesota game.
Lynch has been a full participant in practice each day the last two weeks.
"He had a great week, he really did," Carroll said. :He was faster and more explosive this week than last week. You can see that he made an improvement."
The Detroit Lions retained Coach
Ken Whisenhunt is returning to the San Diego Chargers as offensive coordinator.
His hiring was announced Friday. Whisenhunt held the position with the Chargers in 2013 before being hired as head coach of the
Whisenhunt replaces Frank Reich, who was fired Jan. 4 along with most of the rest of the offensive staff.
Also Friday, the Chargers hired four other assistants: Giff Smith (defensive line), Craig Aukerman (special teams coordinator), Nick Sirianni (wide receivers) and Shane Steichen (quarterbacks).
The Chargers finished 4-12 and out of the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. Coach Mike McCoy was given a one-year contract extension through 2017.