Beast Mode isn’t accompanying the team to Minnesota and has officially been ruled out.
The loss is big for the Seattle Seahawks since Lynch has averaged more than 100 yards rushing in six postseason games over the last two seasons.
In Friday’s injury report, Lynch was listed as questionable, but was almost immediately downgraded to out Friday night. Lynch has missed the last seven games with an abdominal injury that required surgery.
Lynch wasn’t expected to be a full-time player since he hasn’t played in two months, but he was listed as a full participant in all three practices since Wednesday, according to the Seahawks injury report.
With Lynch out, the remaining three running backs on Seattle’s roster will be expected to share duties. Christine Michael, a second-round pick of the Seahawks who was cut during training camp and later signed and subsequently released by the Cowboys before being re-signed by Seattle, is expected to get the start. Bryce Brown is expected to share time and veteran Fred Jackson is expected to hold down the third-down back role.
At a time when there are questions about how effective passing a frozen football will be – the thinking was that the offenses might be forced to depend on the ground game – not having Lynch could be a big blow to the Seahawks, despite going 6-1 without him.
- Well Fargo Bank submitted a 37-page response Friday to a lawsuit filed last month by the Vikings claiming the illuminated signs placed atop the Wells Fargo building in Downtown East would permanently photo bomb U.S. Bank Stadium, a business competitor of Wells Fargo. In the response to the lawsuit, Wells Fargo contended that the Vikings’ position “belies common sense and the purpose of signage” for demanding that the building not have illuminated signs that promote its brand. Oral arguments on the case are scheduled to be heard Jan. 15 in front of U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank in St. Paul.
- The Vikings will be providing free hand warmers in the Fan Zone outside TCF Bank and at entry gates to the stadium. In addition, free coffee from Twin Cities-based Caribou Coffee will be handed out and Mariucci Arena will be opened for a warming house location prior to game time.
- By now, most fans have heard that Adrian Peterson was named to the 2015 All-Pro team for the fourth time in his career. What may not have been noted was the history made by Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders. Mack had almost a 50/50 split of snaps in the Raiders’ 3-4 defense at defensive end and outside linebacker and was named to the All-Pro team at both positions – a first in the history of the All-Pro team.
- In 72 starts, Russell Wilson has played just one game in temperatures below 32 degrees. He lost that game. Teddy Bridgewater has played in five of his 29 starts in temperatures of 32 degrees or less and has a record of 3-2.
- The weather forecast in Seattle Sunday is clear and 40 degrees.