Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch questionable for Sunday's game

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch questionable for Sunday's game
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ran for a season-high 140 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-17 victory over the Giants last weekend. (David Seelig / Associated Press)

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is listed as questionable to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

A week after rushing for 140 yards and four touchdowns against the New York Giants, Lynch was held out of practice until Friday with calf and rib injuries.


"He's just banged up," Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said. "In years past we've always given him a lot of consideration to get him right and he's worked hard to make sure he stays abreast of what he can do, and he practiced well today."

Lynch was a full participant in Friday's practice. Lynch frequently gets one or two days of rest during the week and still typically is in the lineup for games. He's missed just one game due to injury in his five years with the Seahawks.

Starting tight end Luke Willson and nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane are also listed as questionable for Seattle.

Willson suffered a sprained ankle last week against the Giants, but surprised Carroll with how quickly he was able to recover. Willson was limited in practice Thursday and returned to full participation Friday. Carroll said he's expected to play.

Jets' Ryan fined $100,000 for use of profanity

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has been fined $100,000 for his postgame use of profanity that was picked up on video last Sunday.

After the Jets beat the Steelers, 20-13, Ryan could be seen yelling agitatedly while walking onto the field to meet Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin. Ryan has been fined twice in the past for public obscenities and was considered a repeat offender by the league. Ryan was upset when Steelers safety Michael Mitchell leaped over the offensive line while the Jets were doing a kneel-down at the end of the game. Afterward, Ryan called it "bush league."

His previous fines were $50,000 by the Jets in 2010 after he made an obscene gesture at a fan at an MMA fight, and $75,000 by the NFL the next year for cursing at a fan at halftime.

Ryan becomes the seventh person and third coach to be fined $100,000. Tomlin was docked $100,000 last year for interfering with a kickoff return by Baltimore's Jacoby Jones. In 2005, then-Vikings coach Mike Tice was fined for scalping Super Bowl tickets.

Two of Ryan's players were also fined Friday. Quarterback Michael Vick was fined $8,268 for unsportsmanlike conduct because he flipped the ball at an opponent. Defensive end Jason Babin was fined $16,537 for unnecessary roughness because he struck Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger late. Babin rolled into Roethlisberger's leg and was given a penalty.

Also fined was Rams tight end Lance Kendricks, $22,050 for an illegal blindside block against Arizona.

Bears' Marshall takes down fight tweets

The struggling Chicago Bears got another headache this week: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall got into an argument on Twitter with a Detroit fan and challenged him to a boxing match for charity.

Marshall said they should fight for $5,000 but the fan upped it to $25,000. The fan seemed to back off and Marshall later took down Thursday's tweets.


"Everybody wants to hide behind their words," Marshall said Friday. "Even sometimes the media wants to hide behind their words and think that they're tough guys. This is an opportunity for him to do something nice for some kids. But also back up his words."

The idea didn't sit well with Bears executives, who gave Marshall a three-year contract extension for $30 million this year.

Marshall said he was approached by team general manager Phil Emery in the hall and said Emery told him his contract limits potentially dangerous off-field activities.


The fading San Diego Chargers may get help from running back Ryan Mathews and linebacker Manti Te'o against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Mathews and Te'o practiced Friday and are expected to play this weekend. Mathews has been out since Sept. 14 with a sprained right knee. He's listed as probable for Sunday. Te'o, absent since the season's second week with a broken right foot, is probable. ...

Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck isn't fully recovered from the knee injury that slowed him this season. Waking up with a sore neck this week didn't help, either. Tuck practiced Friday for the first time since Oakland's 41-17 loss to the Denver Broncos that dropped the Raiders to 0-9. He was limited in the light workout and is questionable to play in Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. ...

San Francisco linebacker Dan Skuta looked good playing table tennis Friday despite a bone bruise in his left ankle. However, he was limited in practice and is questionable for the game with the New York Giants on Sunday. ... Defensive end Phil Taylor will not be part of the Cleveland Browns' push for the playoffs.
Taylor was placed on injured reserve with a right knee injury that will require surgery. ... Giants running back Rashad Jennings practiced Friday and is listed as probable for the game against the 49ers. ...

Indianapolis Colts cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy has pleaded no contest to marijuana possession in north Florida and was ordered to pay a fine of $1,366.