Pete Carroll insists the Seattle Seahawks' star running-back Marshawn Lynch will be ready for the season opener with the Green Bay Packers.
Lynch stayed away from team facilities for much of the close-season in search of an improved contract but ended his holdout at the end of July.
Former Buffalo Bills man Lynch was given brief run outs in pre-season games with the San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears and, although he missed much of the Seahawks' preparations for the new campaign, Carroll is adamant the 28-year-old will be at his best as he defending Super Bowl champions welcome the Packers to CenturyLink field on Thursday.
"He's [Lynch] ready to go," Carroll said.
"We're really excited about cutting him loose. The shot we gave him in game three [of pre-season against Chicago], he looked exactly on point. He hasn't missed a snap or practice, hasn't missed anything.
"He looks the fittest he's been since we've been around him.
"This is the best we've seen him at this time of year. So, hopefully, that's a great indication that he's ready to go. Age has nothing to do with that."
Lynch recorded over 1,200 rushing yards and scored 14 total touchdowns as the Seahawks won their maiden NFL crown last term.