Seattle Seahawks ultra-important, ultra-physical running back Marshawn Lynch was held out of practice on Wednesday, Jan. 22, with a knee injury.
The Everett Herald's John Boyle provided the news:
#Seahawks injury report. DNP: Lynch (knee), Baldwin (hip), Mebane (ankle). Full: Harvin (concussion).— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) January 23, 2014
Before Seahawks fans start hyperventilating until a loss of consciousness, this was likely just a way to get "Beast Mode" some rest. It's the first practice of the week, and with more than 10 days until the Super Bowl, this is hardly something to worry about.
Still, considering Lynch's importance to the team, it's at least worth keeping an eye on.
After his third straight regular season over 1,200 yards, Lynch has been nearly unstoppable in the postseason, recording 249 yards and three scores on 50 carries.
As Pro Football Focus noted, he is undoubtedly one of the most difficult players in the league to take down:
Marshawn Lynch forced another 7 missed tackles vs SF. Now has 106 in 2013 inc playoffs. #Beastmode— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 20, 2014
In a game where the Seahawks will want to keep Peyton Manning on the sideline for as long as possible, Lynch's ability to find holes, explode through them and then bounce off would-be tackles will be crucial.
In the unlikely scenario that this develops into something serious, Seattle has two talented young backs—Robert Turbin and Christine Michael—waiting in the wings.