We’ve confirmed, as first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, that Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is suffering back spasms. At this point, however, it’s too early to know whether he’ll miss the regular-season opener.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, more information is expected on Wednesday.
For Seahawks fans, if Lynch can’t play it would make sense for him to serve a one-game suspension as a result of his offseason DUI arrest, like the one-game suspension the league office imposed on Titans receiver Kenny Britt. But since the close of business on Tuesday has come and gone without a suspension, Lynch won’t be suspended.
Of course, Lynch would prefer not to be suspended now or at any time, given that he would lose a game check and jeopardize guaranteed money previously received and/or to be received.
So why has Britt been suspended but not Lynch? Britt had a total of 10 off-field incidents. The DUI arrest, which technically falls under the substance-abuse policy and not the personal-conduct policy, prompted the league to take action based on the full scope of legal issues. Lynch has had only two priors offenses, prior to the DUI.
Thus, it appears that no action will be taken against Lynch until his DUI is resolved — and only if he is found to be responsible for drunk driving.