Arizona Cardinals Team News: Cards Could Avoid Marshawn Lynch in Week 1

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Runningback Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals may have gotten very lucky in one person's stupidity and recklessness.

As has been reported across the nation, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Oakland, Calif. last night.

Lynch has proved to be a huge part of Seattle's offense, recording a career high 1,204 yards rushing last season, which accounted for over two-thirds of the team's output for the season.

However, he has had his share of troubles with the law in the past. In 2009, Lynch was arrested on felony charges for possession of a concealed weapon and subsequently suspended for three games that season.

With NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's recent tough stance on DUI offenses and Lynch's history of troubles, there is a very good chance the running back will be suspended for the start of the 2012-13 NFL season.

So what does this mean for the Cardinals?

Well, the Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to be their opponents Week 1.

Hence, any suspension would deprive the Seahawks of one of their biggest offensive weapons against the Cardinals.

On the other hand, in five career games against the Cardinals, Lynch has never broken 90 yards rushing.

Still, the Cardinals would not be unhappy to go up against a Seahawks offense that does not have the pounding force of Marshawn Lynch.



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