Marshawn Lynch has another eventful game vs. Cardinals
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 39 yards and had three catches for 43 yards, but was out of the game for two series due to what Pete Carroll called a stomach ailment.
Seattle Times staff reporter
It looked rather ominous when, after the first series of the game, Marshawn Lynch headed to the sideline, spending the next two Seattle possessions mostly sitting on a bench, wearing a beanie.
He then got up and rode on a stationary bike, and in the press box came the announcement he was again battling issues with his back.
The details, though, revealed that matters weren’t as dire as they might have seemed.
“He got sick to his stomach,’’ said Seattle coach Pete Carroll. “He was about ready to throw up over on the sidelines. So he had to wait it out.’’
Once he did, he returned to gut out 39 yards on 15 carries against an Arizona defense that came in ranked as the best in the NFL against the run.
Asked if the back — which kept Lynch out of practices Wednesday and Thursday — was an issue during the game, Carroll said, “It’s always an issue. He always has that tightness he has to get through. But he was sick. He might say different, but that’s what I was told.”
Carroll then smiled and said, “You’ll have a chance (to ask Lynch) because he got interviewed at great length.’’
Lynch was indeed available for interviews, after having been fined $100,000 earlier this week for failing to cooperate with the media. But Lynch mostly gave one-word answers, none of which revealed anything about the game.
For instance, asked about dancing with the Seahawks cheerleaders at the end of the game and if it was spontaneous or planned, Lynch replied, “I don’t know.’’
Asked if it might be tough to rebound physically in time for the 49ers game Thursday, he replied: “Maybe.’’
And asked if he’s still having fun, he said “Yeah.’’
Lynch has appealed his fine, but an NFL spokesman said Friday there had not been any resolution.
In his interview,Sherman clams up
Making his own statement about Lynch’s media penalty was Richard Sherman as the usually talkative cornerback copied Lynch’s style in giving short answers to questions from reporters.
Asked, for instance, if the defense was going back to the way it played in 2013, he said, “I don’t think it’s ever not been. This is just one of the times we’ve been healthy all season.”
And asked about holding the Cardinals to three points, he said, “Doesn’t matter. Don’t care.”
As it ended, he said, “That’s what happens when Marshawn gets fined. You think this was bad. Wait till my press conference next week.”
Shead’s big momentends up hurting
DeShawn Shead looked for a moment. And then had to look again to be sure. The Cardinals were lined up in punt formation and the guy who was supposed to block him was missing.
They had only 10 guys.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “ Nobody knew. Our team didn’t know. I said to myself, ‘Well, I’m going to block this.’ ”
Shead raced into the backfield unscathed and blocked the punt with such ease he nearly took the ball right off punter Drew Butler’s foot.
“I was looking to their sidelines seeing if they were going to bring someone else in and they snapped the ball,” Shead said. “So I just took off.”
Shead’s blocked punt didn’t come without a price. Because Shead got there so soon and was so close on the block, Butler’s cleat hit him under his face mask and his mouth on the follow-through. Shead had a massive fat upper lip.
“He kicked me,” he said while trying to smile with a swollen lip. “I got there so free. I just dove in and put my hands out. It’s definitely a great war wound.”
So who was supposed to block Shead on the play?
“Stepfan Taylor,” Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said bluntly. “He wasn’t out there. That blocked kick I felt was the turning point of the game.”