Marshawn Lynch is inactive for Friday's preseason game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune. Lynch missed practice this week while dealing with back spasms. News of the ailment were kept quiet throughout the week, and there have been no official indications that Lynch's issue will last long-term.
Analysis: With Lynch out, look for rookie Robert Turbin to earn the start in the Seahawks' backfield. While Lynch is signed on to be the Seahawks' workhorse this season--and a sneaky good one at that--he hasn't been particularly good at staying healthy in his career. Last season he did, however, and he rushed for a career-high 1,204 yards in 15 games. At 26 years old, Lynch theoretically should have plenty of gas in the tank to repeat those numbers, making him a potential sleeper as he gets overlooked by those spooked by his reputation. Then again, there's a good reason why he has a reputation. Should anything happen to Lynch, expect Turbin to immediately become a popular waiver pickup.
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