Back spasms make Marshawn Lynch uncertain for opener

AP

For all the excitement generated by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks got some unfortunate news about an older member of the backfield Monday.

Running back Marshawn Lynch, who figured to provide a substantial set of training wheels for Wilson, is uncertain to play this week because of back spasms, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Lynch didn’t practice yesterday and hasn’t played since the second preseason game. He missed a game last year with back spasms as well.

Rookie Robert Turbin has been impressive in the preseason, but he’s the only back they have that can approach Lynch stylistically.

Unless Lynch comes back soon, that’s a heavy burden to place on another rookie, because a strong running game figured to be one of the reasons the Seahawks were comfortable making the quarterback decision they made.