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Back tightness kept Marshawn Lynch off field to begin Monday night

Marshawn Lynch, Perry Riley

Marshawn Lynch, Perry Riley


For their first seven offensive plays in Monday night’s 27-17 victory at Washington, the Seahawks didn’t have their top tailback on the field.

But on their second drive, Marshawn Lynch entered the game, and from there, he saw regular work, rushing 17 times for 72 yards and catching five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Per Curtis Crabtree of PFT and KJR Sports Radio in Seattle, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll indicated Lynch was suffering from back tightness at the beginning of the contest.

Lynch was on the injury report leading up to the Seahawks’ Week Three game vs. Denver with a back ailment, but he took part in the Broncos’ 26-20 OT win, playing 57 snaps. Lynch has received one practice off in each of the last two game weeks, and with Seattle (3-1) having a shortened week of preparation leading into Sunday’s matchup vs. Dallas, a veteran rest day Wednesday wouldn’t be a surprise for the star tailback.

In other Seahawks injury news, Carroll indicated the club didn’t emerge with any serious injuries against Washington, per the team’s Twitter feed. However, as Crabtree noted, center Max Unger (foot) was sporting a walking boot after the game. Unger left the game with his injury, then re-entered late, and Carroll indicated afterwards the injury was not serious, Crabtree reported.