Earlier today, the Seattle Seahawks announced that Marshawn Lynch was not returning this week from his ab injury to play in a playoff game against the Vikings although Lynch had practiced all week with the team and seemed ready to go.
The whole thing was strange because Lynch was reportedly ready to play according to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and did not suffer any setbacks during practice.
Via ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia
But following the team’s final workout at its practice facility Friday, the Seahawks said, Lynch notified them that he could not play Sunday. He did not travel with the team to Minneapolis later in the day.
According to a source, Lynch did not suffer any kind of setback with his injury during Friday’s practice.
Signs had pointed to Lynch being the starter and getting the bulk of the carries against the Vikings, with coach Pete Carroll saying during his weekly appearance Friday morning on KIRO 97.3 FM that “he’s going to play.”
Now, NFL Network’s Michael Irvin dropped a bomb when he went on NFL Gameday and said that someone within the Seahawks organization is hinting that the reason Lynch isn’t playing is because of friction with the team.
You can listen to the audio below.
If this is true it wouldn’t be that surprising considering Lynch’s contentious relationship with the Seahawks and the fact that he will likely not be brought back by the team next season.