Marshawn Lynch’s Status Uncertain For Week One
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been on more of a downside since signing a new 4 year $31 million contract. Lynch had a very impressive year last season and looked to be rejuvenated. But all that optimism has changed rather quickly.
The offseason for Lynch has been negative to say the least. He was arrested for DUI in July and the question marks started to reappear. He pleaded not guilty to those charges which have yet to be finalized. Now, Lynch has been sidelined with back spasms.
The back issue has been lingering with Lynch since midway through training camp. He did not appear in the Seahawks’ final two preseason games and has practiced sparingly. ESPN.com quoted Pete Carroll as saying that: “We really won’t know until the end of the week unless something changes. The process that he’s gone through, he’s aerobically in good shape, we need to get him back his football legs and get him enough reps to do that. We’ll continue to progress throughout the week.”
A day-to-day status translates to game-time decision. And honestly, at this point, even if Lynch were to play I see a split timeshare at best. Rookie running back Robert Turbin has looked good and the Seahawks are pretty confident in him. This could be Turbin’s coming out party. If ever you wanted a time for a rookie to get an opportunity, this would be prime. Turbin has confidence and facing Arizona, he could gain a full head of steam and maybe become this year’s DeMarco Murray. Seattle could be facing a tough decision at running back going forward.
As for Sunday’s game, I don’t think Lynch will play. He hasn’t had the necessary reps with the first team, hasn’t had the contact, and probably isn’t in game shape. It just doesn’t make sense that Lynch would play; especially with a back issue. To me, especially going against Arizona, I think the Seahawks are confident that Turbin can get the job done. If you still believe in Lynch, you’ll have to wait until Sunday for a definite answer.
If you drafted Marshawn Lynch you should already have Robert Turbin on your roster. If you don’t then you best get him now! Not only will you be protecting your investment in Lynch but you could be getting a waiver wire steal at the same time.