Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is anticipating running back Marshawn Lynch will return to team practice as soon as Monday.
Lynch has been undergoing rehabilitation in San Francisco since he was operated on to repair an abdomen injury on November 25.
The five-time Pro Bowl representative, who has not played since November 15, is set to miss his seventh consecutive game when the Seahawks travel to the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday's regular-season finale but he is nearing a comeback in the play-offs.
"I have an expectation of that [Lynch returning to practice on Monday]," Carroll told reporters on Friday. "Let me say I'm anticipating that.
"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.
"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."
In seven appearances this season, Lynch has carried 111 times for 417 yards.