Lynch’s silence golden, $50,000 fine by NFL

McClatchy news servicesJanuary 6, 2014 

Seattle Seahawks NFL football running back Marshawn Lynch, left, walks during stretching warmups on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, before practice in Renton, Wash.

TED S. WARREN/AP

The NFL fined Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $50,000 last week for violating the league’s media policy.

Following the fine, Lynch stepped in front of a camera Friday and spoke for less than 90 seconds. It was his first time taking questions from the media all season, having politely declined every previous time.

Lynch’s longest answer was 24 words when asked about the Seahawks’ focus not knowing who their opponent will be heading into the weekend.

After New Orleans’ win Saturday, the Seahawks will host the Saints in the divisional playoffs.

Lynch finished the regular season with 1,257 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.

 

PACKERS TACKLE PLAYED DESPITE CONCUSSION

 

A sideline reporter for the Fox Network said that Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari forced his way back on to the field for a play while being evaluated for a concussion during the team’s 23-20 loss Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers.

Reporter Pam Oliver said Bakhtiari took part in an extra-point attempt after getting hurt during a play on which teammate John Kuhn scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 12:06 remaining in the game.

Bakhtiari was then taken to the locker room for further evaluation. He was eventually diagnosed with a concussion and did not return.

Spokesmen for the NFL and the Packers said they were looking into the report.

The NFL is strict on having teams follow a concussion diagnosis protocol once a player is suspected of being injured.

LAS VEGAS PICKS BRONCOS

Keith Glantz and Russell Culver of the Glantz-Culver Line released its updated odds as to who will win Super Bowl XLVIII now that the Bengals, Packers, Chiefs and Eagles are no longer part of the equation.

The Denver Broncos lead all teams with 2-to-1 odds to win the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks a close second at 5-to-2. The Broncos opened the season at 6-to-1 favorites with the Seahawks at 7-to-1.

New England and San Francisco are tied for third with 8-to-1 odds (the Patriots had 6-to-1 and the 49ers 5-to-1 odds before the season).

The Carolina Panthers sit at 9-to-1.

New Orleans (12-to-1), Indianapolis (18-to-1) and San Diego (30-to-1) round out the remaining playoff contenders.

 

FEWELL TO INTERVIEW WITH REDSKINS MONDAY

 

With one vacancy in the coordinator ranks, the New York Giants could be facing another.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will interview for the Redskins’ head-coaching job Monday. If things go well, he could be the second high-ranking coach to depart New York. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride retired last week.

Fewell, coming off a season in which the Giants defense was ranked eighth in the NFL, has not interviewed for a head-coaching job since 2011.

There at least four other reported candidates for the Redskins, including Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

 

EXTRA POINTS

 

Combined with San Diego’s win and New Orleans’ victory over Philadelphia on Saturday night, both No. 6 playoff seeds won for the first time since 2010. … It was the Chargers’ first playoff win since an overtime victory over the Colts in 2008 and their first road postseason win in an open-air stadium since a 17-13 victory in Pittsburgh for the 1994 AFC title. ... After beating the Chiefs on Saturday, the Colts held an optional a weight-room workout Sunday with 100 percent attendance.

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