Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/3/13

People are starting to take notice of the absence of running back Marshawn Lynch from phase 2 of the Seattle Seahawks offseason training program. The issues are piling up for Lynch, a DUI last July in which the trail is quickly creeping up after Lynch’s lawyer's were able to postpone it this far. Furthermore, if convicted Lynch could face possible jail time and a suspension from the NFL. To add insult to injury, Lynch’s back problems that have hampered him last year have been reoccurring during the offseason. The hosts of issues have propelled the brain trust of GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll to come up with some contingency plans. It’s very difficult to replace the production of a 1,500 yard rusher, but if Lynch can’t play for any of those reasons, the team has to be prepared. According to Nick Eaton of Seattlepi.com, the warning signs are there and red flags are ready to be raised. Eaton writes: ‘There’s a hearing set for May 22 in California for a motion for dismissal. That’s standard legal procedure. If Lynch’s case goes to trial, that’s set to begin June 21. Lynch’s DUI incident could result in suspension by the NFL. Then again, it might not. All of this, however, could explain why the run-heavy Seahawks wound up with three more backs over the past week. Of course, Lynch is also 27 and running backs don’t often last long past age 30. And particularly with the off-season departure of Leon Washington, surely Seattle wanted more depth at RB anyway.’

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