Seattle Seahawks rumors indicated that Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson were involved in an accident. The Seahawks running backs were allegedly drag racing following a Monday, October 20 practice at the team facility. A report from TMZ Sports states that Jackson lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a larger planter box before hitting a stop sign.
Several other Seahawks players reportedly stopped at the scene to help Jackson get out of the car (in addition to Lynch). The report from TMZ has not been confirmed by Renton Police. Renton police spokesman David Liebman did issue a statement on behalf of the department roughly two hours after the crash.
“There is no evidence he was drag racing anyone. He was leaving the facility, and he was clearly driving too fast when he hit a street sign.”
The report goes on to state that Fred Jackson was driving a black Corvette and Marshawn Lynch was in a red Dodge Charger. It was further reported that Lynch left the scene in his vehicle (after stopping), and that Jackson was taken back to the team facility by team staff that showed up.
The Seattle Seahawks signed Fred Jackson as a free agent during the past NFL offseason. He had been released by the Buffalo Bills, making him available for another team. The Seahawks swooped in to sign him, reuniting him with former teammate Marshawn Lynch. The pair had been together on the Bills for a number of seasons before Lynch got traded to Seattle. Now Jackson is in town on a one-year deal, replacing Robert Turbin on the active roster.
Fred Jackson has only seen limited action with the Seahawks, rushing 10 times for 52 yards, but he has also caught 12 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. The emergence of Thomas Rawls as the main backup running back has limited the number of snaps that Jackson has been able to see this season. Though he saw an uptick in his playing time while Lynch was injured, Rawls took over a majority of the rushing responsibilities.
Rawls now leads the Seahawks with 334 rushing yards on 59 attempts. That’s good for 5.7 yards per carry, but he hasn’t been used very much in the passing game. Lynch has 182 rushing yards on 55 carries, working out to just 3.3 yards per carry. Lynch does have 10 catches for 61 yards, though, which is much more than the single catch that Rawls has so far.
In an updated report from the Seattle Times on Tuesday, a team source stated that Jackson was not injured in the accident. The team has also confirmed that Jackson was indeed driving the car that lost control. The team has not stated that he was racing, though, which will be a primary question if the team or either of the running backs ends up having a press conference about the situation.
This is not good news for the Seattle Seahawks in a shortened week. The team just lost to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, October 18, despite having a lead late in the game. It was the second straight game where the Seahawks had blown a big lead in the fourth quarter. The team fell to 2-4 with the loss and has very little time to prepare for action in Week 7. That next opponent is the San Francisco 49ers, with the game scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 22, at about 5:30 p.m. PT.
This is an evolving situation that will likely have several more updates throughout the night. Included in that news could be whether Fred Jackson ends up facing any charges or citations for what took place in his vehicle. It’s also possible that Marshawn Lynch could be found culpable in the accident as well. For now, those are questions that fans and analysts want to know. These Seattle Seahawks rumors are putting some very negative light on the team, with very few answers or facts about what happened Tuesday after practice.
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