Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch talks, says little
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, like all NFL players, is required to talk to the media at least once a week. Tuesday, he refused to answer questions about his holdout but would talk about his charity foundation.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON – Well, Marshawn Lynch talked to the media at-large Tuesday for the first time since the Super Bowl.
But you were out of luck if you wanted any insight into his weeklong training camp holdout or much of anything else related to football.
The notoriously media-averse Seahawks running back is consenting to one group session a week this year after being threatened with a fine by the NFL last season.
But he said little, other than when he was asked a few questions about his charity, Fam 1st Family Foundation.
Lynch gave blank stares to two questions about his holdout, and short answers to football questions.
Asked, for instance, about personal goals for the season, he said “to have fun.’’
And asked if he thought the Seahawks might pass more this year he said, “I guess we’ll find out Thursday.’’
He did, though, tell a story about having talked with a young man who attended his football camp this summer who was going through a rough time.
“Being able to talk to that young man and help him through his little situation was big for me,’’ he said. “I don’t think that’s something you go around boasting and bragging about, but that’s something that touched me dearly.’’
NFL rules require players to be available to the media once a week during the regular season.
• Seahawks defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin doesn’t care what his role is Thursday against Green Bay as long as he’s on the field.
And following Tuesday’s practice, Irvin said he will play against the Packers, his first game action since having surgery last spring to repair a torn hip labrum.
He smiled and said, “I ain’t supposed to say this, but yeah, I’ll be out there Thursday.’’
Irvin returned to practice only this week, listed as participating in a limited fashion.
Irvin said the hip injury dated to last preseason, saying he tore the labrum during the team’s mock game on the Saturday before the first exhibition game.
“I just played with it,’’ said Irvin, who wanted to avoid surgery and hoped it would heal in the offseason. “I tried to go again this year, but the docs told me if I didn’t get surgery I probably wouldn’t have made it (through the season). I would have probably end up getting surgery during the season. So I had to make a business decision. I’d rather miss four exhibition games than four regular-season games. I already dealt with that last year. I think I made the right decision, though.’’
• The same five players who were listed as not participating in practice Monday were also listed as not participating Tuesday: TE Cooper Helfet (knee), RB Christine Michael (hamstring), G Lemuel Jeanpierre (neck), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring) and CB Tharold Simon (knee).
• Former Seahawk running back Spencer Ware was arrested on suspicion of DUI Tuesday morning in Maple Valley. Court records show he was booked into jail in Kent at 3:21 a.m. Tuesday. The case has been referred to the Maple Valley prosecutor’s office. It is the second DUI arrest in nine months for Ware, who was cited Jan. 12. That case was dismissed in July after a judge ruled the officer lacked reasonable suspicion of DUI at the time he initiated the traffic stop. Ware, a sixth-round pick in 2013 out of LSU, played in two games for the Seahawks last season before suffering an ankle injury that sidelined him. He was one of the Seahawks’ final cuts this season.