Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was ruled out of his team's divisional rivalry 29-13 win against the San Francisco 49ers at the weekend with an abdominal injury.
That turned out to be a sports hernia and after a meeting with specialist Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Monday, the 29-year-old will now have surgery later today to resolve the issue.
He will not play this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and will need "a couple weeks to see how he does" and "to see if he can recover" from his abdominal injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Some reports have said Beast Mode might not be available for the Seahawks until the playoffs, that's if they get there.
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Lynch picked up the injury during the practice before the Seahawks' week 10 game against the Arizona Cardinals, but he has been shrouded with injury throughout the season.
Between 2010 to 2014, the 29-year-old had only missed one game through injury and was the heart and soul of the offense. But this year, he has missed three games due to hamstring, calf and neck issues, as well as now an abdominal injury.
With a current record of 5-5, there is no guarantee that Lynch will play again for the Seahawks this year, as a playoff spot isn't secured. Beast Mode's replacement while he is sidelined will be rookie Thomas Rawls, who has been playing well this season with 604 yards on 101 carries this season, averaging 5.98 yards per carry, the best in the NFL.
With this in mind, this could very well be Lynch's last season in Seattle as the team will pay him $9 million in 2016 for his services. An unproductive 2015 season alongside a very productive rookie in Rawls could be enough to see him out of the door come the offseason.