Marshawn Lynch Dealing With Foot Sprain

Marshawn Lynch dealing with foot sprain

1/11/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Marshawn Lynch Dealing With Foot SprainRunning back Marshawn Lynch returned to Seahawks practice Friday on a limited basis after sitting out both Wednesday and Thursday's practices. Head coach Pete Carroll, after failing to address Lynch in his injury-recap the past two days, finally spoke out on Friday, conceding that Lynch is dealing with a foot sprain.

Lynch is often given a day off of practice to rest his back, but this is only the second time that he has missed back-to-back practices this season, and the foot injury is a new ailment. Despite a somewhat concerning absence from practice this week, the sprain is thought to be mild, and Lynch is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Even if he has to play through some pain, Lynch should have no trouble pounding it down the throat of the Falcons defense this weekend. The Falcons gave up the second most yards after contact this season, and Lynch is arguably the best in the NFL at finishing off runs.

For those of you playing playoff fantasy football, I still think that Lynch is the best fantasy running back in the league this week. He's now run for 85+ yards in 23 of his past 26 games, and the Falcons have proven time and time again that they can not contain any team that has any semblance of a rushing attack.

Even if Lynch's foot is at, let's say, seventy percent, I think we could be in for some highlight type runs. We've all seen his playoff run against the Saints a million times, but here's one of my favorite lesser-known Lynch masterpieces:



If Lynch is at all healthy, we may see some runs similar to that against a poor tackling Falcons defense. If Lynch has a tough time dealing with the injury, however, it will be extremely difficult for the Seahawks to pull off the upset victory that I'm been expecting.
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1/11/13   |   Jess   |   34900 respect

I'm not incredibly worried (though I am concerned just a bit). While this is a new ailment, Lynch has been dealing with back issues all season and has done fine. He may not get as many carries, but we also still have Turbin, who's very similar in how he runs so the defense doesn't get much of a break, and of course Wilson. I'm not saying Lynch isn't a critical part of the Seahawks offense - I'm not delusional - but I think they can still have a little bit of a run game even if his performance is limited.