UPDATE: Sunday, September 9, 3:00 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique
The final confirmation is in. Marshawn Lynch is officially active for the game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Danny O'Neill of the Seattle Times tweeted:
Marshawn Lynch is ACTIVE for the #Seahawks.— Danny O'Neil (@dannyoneil) September 9, 2012
Fantasy owners that trusted in Lynch's availability and started him will be pleased. That said, it is possible he won't be quite 100 percent. It is still better than being inactive.
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UPDATE: Sunday, September 9, 9:30 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
The Seattle Seahawks are going to play Sunday’s game with star running back Marshawn Lynch as the starting back, but they will be mindful of how many reps the powerful runner will take considering his back spasms this week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Marshawn Lynch is expected to play, though Seattle will be mindful of the workload it gives him with his back spasms.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2012
Fantasy owners and Seattle fans can rejoice as the bruising back is all set to start and play a hefty amount as long as his back holds up. While this is sure to mean a heavier workload for Robert Turbin, Lynch will get at least 20 carries against the Arizona Cardinals.
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UPDATE: Saturday, September 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET by Michael Moraitis
A report from Mike Florio of NBC Sports' ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that Lynch will almost definitely be in the lineup for the Seahawks on Sunday:
Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, Lynch will play despite back spams “unless something crazy happens.”
Until now, Lynch was a game-time decision, and while that still might be the case, Florio's report makes it a bit more certain that the Seahawks running back will be on the field for Sunday's game with Arizona.
That is certainly welcomed news for Seattle's fanbase.
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UPDATE: Friday, September 7 at 4:11 p.m. ET
Marshawn Lynch will likely be a game-time decision Sunday vs. Arizona after being listed as questionable for the late-afternoon contest, according to Seattle Times' Danny O'Neil.
RB Marshawn Lynch will be listed as questionable for the #Seahawks.— Danny O'Neil (@dannyoneil) September 7, 2012
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UPDATE: Friday, September 7 at 2:10 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg
According to ESPN 710 Seattle (via Rotoworld), the decision will not be made until pre-game on Sunday. Head coach Pete Carroll said:
We need to see what happens after he practices today. He looks fast. He looks quick. He looks like he's in great shape. He's got to get clearance from the doctors, so it's out of our hands. We'll go day-to-day and take it right up to game time.
The fact that he is practicing is obviously good news for Seahawk fans and fantasy owners, but he still needs a clearance from doctors. That could be a setback for Lynch and the team.
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ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted the news.
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
Back issues are always difficult to place a recovery timetable on, but the fact that the team is already questioning his availability for next Sunday's game is not a good sign.
Also, this injury has not been quickly healing.
Lynch sat out of practices last week and didn't play in the Seahawks' preseason finale due to the back spasms.
Obviously, Lynch's absence would be a huge blow to the Seahawks. Lynch's powerful running was a big reason this team won five of its eight games last season. In that stretch, Lynch broke the 100-yard barrier in five games after having done it just one time in the previous eight.
If he can't go, Leon Washington and rookie Robert Turbin will likely split the running back duties, and the Seahawks will need a solid performance from both.
Seattle has named rookie Russell Wilson its starting QB. He will be making his first NFL start on the road in this game. The team isn't exactly going to want to open things up and go with a pass-heavy attack.