Seattle Seahawks Rumors: Marshawn Lynch Injury Makes Thomas Rawls Fantasy Sleeper Week 4 as Terrelle Pryor Option for Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham, Jermaine Kearse Help

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Sep 29, 2015 12:32 PM EDT
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Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls rushes against the Oakland Raiders defense in a 2015 preseason game."

All eyes are on Marshawn Lynch heading into Week 4. The Seattle Seahawks got their first win of the season and Lynch was not a factor in it. The running back injured his hamstring early and spent most of the game trying to get loose on the sidelines which never worked out. Now, the running back is undergoing an MRI which could leave him out of Week 4 action and put Thomas Rawls in as the starter.

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport via NFL.com, Lynch is undergoing an MRI on his hamstring, but the injury is considered to be minor in severity. Rapoport writes that there is concern considering Lynch went into the Week 4 game listed as questionable with a calf injury and he then left with a hamstring issue. The running back is banged up three weeks into the season and a week of rest might be what is needed. Head coach Pete Carroll is not ready to make a call on the running back just yet as they play the wait-and-see game.

"We've checked it all out, and there is nothing to be alarmed by," Carroll said, via ESPN.com. "So we'll just have to wait and see.  He has a sequence that he goes through to get ready to go. It's happened before where he just can't get into rhythm and get right and all that."

If Lynch cannot play, Rawls will be the starter over Fred Jackson. Fantasy owners would be wise to take a look at the backup because he has value on the waiver wire. He put up 104 yards in place of Lynch in Week 3. He has already leapfrogged Jackson on the depth chart and could end up starting against the Detroit Lions who are struggling on both sides of the ball right now. SBNation.com predicts that if Lynch is not healthy, the Seahawks will still run the ball a lot and Lynch could see up to 20 carries.

Seattle is trying to get their offense settled. Week 3 saw improvement as Russell Wilson finally got Jimmy Graham involved. Things are still not complete. According to Josh Alpher of ProFootballTalk.com the Seahawks are working out Terrelle Pryor as a wide receiver. The player was previously on the roster as a quarterback, but was cut. He earned positive reviews in the spot with the Cleveland Browns and now the Seahawks are ready to take a look at him. The team already has six wide receivers on the roster. He would have to jump one of them to make the team. Right now, Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Jermaine Kearse are doing a fine job for Wilson.

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