RENTON (AP) — Marshawn Lynch is the horse that drives the Seattle Seahawks’ offense.
Despite the emergence of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, the offense revolves around the running game and the physical style of Lynch.
Lynch has the second-most carries of any running back in the league through 11 weeks, trailing only Houston’s Arian Foster. Lynch has 212 carries for 1,005 yards, the fourth 1,000 yard season of his career, and trails only Foster and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson in the race for the rushing title.
“He’s the ultimate competitor. He’s a true worker, true warrior out there on the field. He’s just going until he dies out there. He’ll take it every single time and you love that about him,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said.
Lynch has been listed on the injury report for all but two weeks this season with back and wrist injuries, but it hasn’t hampered him on Sundays. Lynch runs as hard as any running back in the league, routinely earning extra yards, but he also takes more blows than just about any back in the league.
With a capable backup in Robert Turbin and the passing game becoming more dynamic every week as Wilson progresses, it seems logical that Seattle would try to lighten Lynch’s workload to preserve him for the rest of the season.
But to head coach Pete Carroll the opposite is true, the Seahawks want to give the ball to Lynch even more.
“Honestly I think the other way around. We need to get him some more carries. He’s doing fine, and he’s really done a beautiful job of taking care of himself,” Carroll said.
“He looks like he’s in great shape right now. So it’s going fine and I’m not worried about it at all honestly.”
Lynch seems to get stronger as the game goes along. His pounding running style wears down opposing defenses and allows for better success later in the game.
“He is tough, man. He is a beast and he prides himself on it. You just don’t see backs like him anymore,” fullback Michael Robinson said.
“He gets stronger. For whatever reason, he just keeps going.”
Lynch will have his work cut out for him this weekend as the Seahawks face the ninth-ranked rushing defense in the Dolphins. Miami is allowing just 96.8 yards per game on the ground. However, the Dolphins have allowed 131 yards a game during their three-game losing streak.
Lynch has gone over 100 yards in four straight games and in six of 10 for the Seahawks this season.
DE Red Bryant returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday with a foot injury. He is probable to play Sunday. … G James Carpenter is probable to play, but it will be a game-time decision whether he will start as he returns from a concussion suffered three weeks ago. G John Moffitt has started the last two games in Carpenter’s place. … Lynch (back), DT Greg Scruggs (abdominal), CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring) and LB K.J. Wright (concussion) are listed as probable.