A report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday seems to have created a minor stir.
Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch has experienced back spasms and team is uncertain whether he'll be able to play Sunday vs. Arizona.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 4, 2012
There’s no new information here that we haven’t already reported. Lynch has missed the last two weeks with back spasms, and hasn’t played since the team’s second preseason game at Denver. The possibility always existed that he might not play in the season opener.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll appeared to indicate that Lynch’s back was getting better when we asked about it last week.
“He’s taken a real good turn this week and the rehab he’s been doing has really been effective,” Carroll said. “We think he’s going to be fine.”
However, Lynch did not practice on Monday.
It appears that Lynch will not be suspended for his DUI charge in Oakland over the summer, as the league had not handed down a decision as of this morning.
If Lynch can’t go, Seattle has to feel better than it did last year with rookie Robert Turbin in the fold. The Utah State product finished 165 yards on 38 carries and a 25-yard run for a score, for a 4.3 per-carry average.
And there could be a little gamesmanship here, as Seattle attempts to plant a seed of doubt that Cardinals will see Lynch on Sunday.
We’ll find out more about Lynch’s status at Carroll’s regular Wednesday press conference today.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers an early preview of the Arizona game.
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at what Seattle will do if Lynch is not available.
KJR’s Dave Mahler talks with tight end Zach Miller about rebounding from last year and Kellen Winslow’s departure in this audio link.
The National Football Post ranks Seattle No. 18 in their power rankings.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated predicts Seattle will finish 9-7 this season.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports predicts Seattle will finish second in the NFC West, and believes the deck is stacked against 5-11 quarterback Russell Wilson.
Andy Benoit, writing for the New York Times Fifth Down Blog, previews the Seahawks.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times previews tonight’s Giants-Cowboys game to kickoff the NFL season.
For those of you attending the game in Arizona, Andrew Sleighter, a comedian from Seattle who’s a Seahawks fan, is hosting a show down in Scottsdale on Saturday evening if you’re looking for something to do. Tickets are half price for fans wearing Seahawks gear, or use the password “Largent” at the door. Check out the poster below for more information.