Marshawn Lynch Will Not Be Suspended This Season; Expected To Play Vs. Cardinals

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs through a hole for a first down as linebacker Joe Mays #51 of the Denver Broncos gives chase and offensive guard J.R. Sweezy #64 looks to make a block during the first quarter at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Jason La Canfora is reporting that Marshawn Lynch will not be suspended for his offseason DUI arrest. Per La Canforad, "Lynch already had his meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell in response to the latest incident, sources said, and the league is not suspending him. The NFL will wait for the legal case to be resolved -- which is likely going to occur some time in 2013 -- so Lynch is in the clear this season. Should he get arrested again, or run afoul of the law, things could change, and the league reserves the right to reconsider matters."

This goes along with what we'd kind of thought would be the case; we hadn't heard word of any suspension being handed down this week and John Clayton and others had assumed/reported that things would likely get pushed into next season. Regardless, as long as Lynch can keep himself out of trouble this year, it looks like he won't face suspension. Great news for the Seahawks, who have made Lynch an integral part of their offense and their offensive identity.

Also, ESPN and ProFootballTalk are both reporting that sources indicate that Marshawn Lynch will play today against Arizona. Mike Florio reports that, "per a league source with knowledge of the situation, Lynch will play despite back spams "unless something crazy happens."' Sources told Adam Schefter that "Seattle will be mindful of the workload it gives him due to the back spasms that limited him in practice this week." Huge for the Seahawks' offense.

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