Star running back Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable for the first game due to back spasms that has held him out of practice since mid-August. Lynch was supposed to practice Wednesday but was sidelined because of his injury.
The injury is not a huge concern as Lynch has suffered this same injury before which kept him out of a game last season.
If Lynch is unable to play in Sunday’s game, the running game will fall on the back of rookie running back Robert Turbin and backup Leon Washington. Washington is used to the idea of having to start while Lynch is recovering as he did it a little bit last season. But for the rookie, this will be a big opportunity and an even bigger challenge against Arizona’s defensive line.
Turbin showed some promise in the preseason but really only had one big game that showed he could carry the ball for an entire game. Tubin will not be able to replace Lynch if he can’t start but he might be able to prove he is of more value to the team if he can keep the defense guessing and gain first downs on the ground.
The Seahawks have a chance to get ahead of a division rival which makes this game even more important. Lynch and the team will do everything they can to put him on the field. The rookie will have a big role to fill, but with the history of Lynch missing games, this could be something Seattle fans see again.