Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch has been fined $50,000 for not speaking to the media throughout the season, one of the largest fines handed down by the NFL this season, Adam Schefter is reporting.
Lynch had not spoken with reporters all season long, and surprisingly made an appearance at the podium Friday, where he gave short answers for one minute and 23 seconds.
The Seahawks received a first-round bye in the playoffs and will host the Saints in the Divisional Round on January 11.
Lynch, the team's leading rusher, had 1,257 yards on the ground this season -- second most of his career -- and led the league with 12 touchdown rushes. He also showed an increased presence in the passing game this season, catching 36 passes for a career-high 317 yards and two touchdowns.
Lynch was acquired by the Seahawks in 2010. He has posted at least 1,200 rushing yards in each of his three full seasons with the team.