John Lynch: We hope Arik Armstead can play in the playoffs.

Due to injuries to his foot and knee, veteran defensive lineman Arik Armstead has been out for the past four games for the 49ers.

San Francisco has the sole first-round playoff bye in the NFC, so Armstead could be able to return for the 49ers' next big game.

That's what General Manager John Lynch said when he discussed Armstead on Friday's "Murph and Markus" show on KNBR.

Lynch expressed their hopes in that regard, according to 49erswebzone.com's David Bonilla. While discussing the significance of the one seed, 

it becomes clear that it will provide Arik, who has been overcoming ailments to his knee and foot, with additional time to continue his impressive growth. He will just have a bit more time because of this.

Arik has been suffering as a result. Arik is an integral component of our operations, and he desires to play for his club despite the fact that this additional time only gives him more chances to recover. Working hard, he is. 

He will likely be available to us throughout the playoffs. By all means, we would want to. When we get closer, we'll ramp up his training, but I can't say what to anticipate because hitting these benchmarks is a given. Not to mention that he's excelling.

In 12 games played thus far this season, Armstead has accumulated 27 tackles, five sacks, four TFLs, and thirteen quarterback hits.

Watch this space for further developments.