Marshawn Lynch will need surgery to repair a sports hernia and will be out a month.
The timeline makes it possible for Lynch to return this season, especially if the Seattle Seahawks make the playoffs.
Lynch met with noted specialist Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Monday to confirm the nature of his abdominal injury after sitting out Sunday's win over the 49ers.
Thomas Rawls has been excellent for the Seahawks in replace of Lynch.
Lynch is due $9 million in 2016.