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Marshawn Lynch injury: Running back is "50-50" for Monday Night Football vs. Lions

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Marshawn Lynch as been battling a few injuries in the early going this year, including a pulled calf, a slight neck injury, and most recently, a hamstring strain. The Seahawks are taking a wait-and-see approach with Lynch this week and he's scheduled to get another MRI at some point, but according to Adam Schefter, Lynch will be "50-50" for the Lions on Monday Night Football.

If Lynch can't go, the Seahawks will likely roll with Thomas Rawls as the primary back, spelled by Fred Jackson in 3rd down situations, and Derrick Coleman is also a player that could pick up carries if Lynch sits. Seattle, of course, carries two fullbacks on their roster so this is a situation where that curious decision might come in handy.

The Lions are currently 20th in the NFL in opponent rushing yards per game (112), but they're only giving up 3.7 YPC, which is good for 12th in the NFL. This was the NFL's top rush defense in 2014, but they've obviously lost some key personnel since then, including Ndamukong Suh and C.J. Mosley. Haloti Ngata was their big-ticket addition on the line during the offseason.

The good news in all this is that Thomas Rawls looked very effective carrying the ball last week against the Bears, but it's always concerning when a star player potentially can't go. Marshawn Lynch has been the engine that's driven the Seahawks' offense over the past three seasons and the one game he's missed -- back in 2011 in Cleveland -- Seattle could do nothing on that side of the ball, eventually losing 6-3. Of course, that was a different team and Charlie Whitehurst was at quarterback that day.


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