Lane suffered a compound wrist fracture and a knee-ligament tear in the game.
“That’s a long process to get back,’’ Carroll said, via ESPN.com. “It’s about how he handles the final stages of it.”
There isn't a set timetable for Lane's recovery at this time. He finished the 2014 regular season with 13 tackles, one forced fumble and three pass deflections.
Lane suffered a broken arm on an interception return in the first quarter of Seattle's Super Bowl loss against New England. Lane torn his ACL on the same play, the Seattle Times reports.
Lane spent the first half of the 2014 season on injured reserve with a groin injury. He was limited to seven games, registering 13 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Lane is doubtful to return to the game.
"I actually don’t think he’s that good," Lane said. "He’s OK. But he does have a big body, and from what I’ve seen on tape, he don’t like your hands being put on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won’t catch that many balls as he should."
Asked if getting his hands on Gronkowski would be the key to success, Lane said, "That’s always our key every week. Put our hands on the receivers. That’s definitely an issue with him from watching tape so far."
Lane, who was on the short-term injured reserve with a groin injury during the season, played in just seven games during the regular season. He served as the team's nickelback in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers, playing 55 of the team's 73 defensive snaps.
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