Marshawn Lynch Dealing With Back Spasms

Back spasms slowing Lynch in Seattle

8/28/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

August 18 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) during in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRESeattle Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch has been dealing with back spasms that have held him out of practice for over a week. This isn't the first time the issue has occurred, as he was a surprise scratch last October against the Browns when his back acted up during pre-game warmups. Beat writers in Seattle have been looking at the situation optimistically, suggesting he is just resting up to be fresh for the season opener.

Regardless of if he is simply resting or not, this shouldn't overly concern the Seahawks. After dealing with his back issues last year, Lynch averaged 96 yards and one touchdown per game for the remainder of the season. Lynch should be set to go by the opener, and hopefully he'll light it up like he did down the stretch last year.

The one thing that could cause concern in Seattle is that Lynch has lost seven pounds since last year in an effort to gain quickness. Obviously, Lynch's past success hasn't come as a result of quickness, and his size compliments his vicious running style. Already dealing with an injury, Lynch's lighter body may not be able to hold up through a full season of beast-mode, though I would still guess that it will.

From a fantasy perspective, don't drop Lynch down your board at all. He's still a good value in the second round and has the potential to improve on last year's numbers, now playing in what looks to be a more dynamic offense. One would be wise, however, to draft backup running back Robert Turbin in the later rounds, just in case these back issues linger.
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8/29/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

The RB by committee aproach would work in Seattle if Beast Mode goes down, the Turbinator and Leon Washington make a pretty good "Thunder and Lightning" combo