Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did not travel with the team to Minnesota Saturday, as he notified the Seahawks after practice Friday that he could not play. Lynch returned to the team Monday from an abdominal injury and practiced all week.
The #Seahawks officially ruled Marshawn Lynch OUT for the game. He told the team he felt like he couldn't do it. Stunner.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2016
Throughout the week head coach Pete Carroll did not indicate any physical setbacks with Lynch, that is until he’s Friday press conference. In the after practice presser, he called Lynch, “questionable.” Earlier in the day, Carroll went on the radio and said that Lynch, “was going to play.”
Michael Irvin went on the NFL Network to suggest that friction between Lynch and the team is the real reason that Lynch ruled himself out.
Although from the above video it seems that Irvin is simply trying to stir the pot, nor is he a credible journalist. Nevertheless, it is strange that Beast Mode would come back and then abruptly tell the team he’s not going to play, and then not even travel to Minnesota after practicing without problems all week.
Or the whole thing could have been a ruse by the Seahawks to throw off the Vikings’ game planning.
The Seahawks and Vikings kick off tomorrow at 1:05 pm EST.
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