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Pete Carroll anticipates Marshawn Lynch will be back with team Mon.

RENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll indicated Friday that running back Marshawn Lynch has a good chance of returning to practice Monday as the team prepares for the postseason.

"I have an expectation of that," Carroll said. "Let me say I'm anticipating that."

Lynch has missed the past six games after undergoing surgery to repair an abdomen injury on Nov. 25. He has been rehabbing in San Francisco, and the team has relied on Lynch's trainers for updates on his progress.

"The reports that we got, the latest update today is that he's really doing well, and he's done about all he can do at that end of it," Carroll said. "That's great to hear. We'll see what that means in the next couple of days. But he's really tried to get back as soon as possible. He's having the kind of success and the work that's not setting him back. So we're hoping that means he has a chance to get back to us next week."

Lynch has appeared in seven games this season and carried 111 times for 417 yards (3.8 YPC).

Since rookie Thomas Rawls suffered a broken ankle in Week 14, the Seahawks have been going with Christine Michael, Bryce Brown and Derrick Coleman in the backfield.

Seattle will open the playoffs on the road in the first round at either Green Bay, Minnesota or Washington.