Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field on August 22, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Running back Marshawn Lynch met with the media Tuesday for the first time this season.
The meeting was brief and completely drowned out by Lynch's boombox, which was blaring from the back of his locker. The music being played was filled with expletives that rendered it's use for radio completely worthless.
Lynch answered a total of nine football-related questions with no answer eclipsing nine words in length.
It's become status quo for Lynch, who tries to avoid media obligations like the plague. He did expand his thoughts when asked about his foundation, but that was the only topic Lynch elected to provide a meaningful answer to.
Here are a few responses from the "interview" with Lynch...
(On how his offseason was after the Super Bowl) It was good.
(On how he feels defending a championship) I guess we’ll find out on Thursday.
(On how the offense has looked in the preseason) Explosive.
(On what he’s seen from Russell Wilson this offseason) He just continued to grow.
(Do you miss having Michael Robinson around?) Yeah.
(On the offensive line) I just see them coming together.
Lynch also refused to answer a few additional questions, instead just staring at the questioner without eliciting a response.
Lynch clearly just doesn't want to speak with the media. Forcing him to do so is a waste of time for the reporters and for Lynch as nothing useful is gained for either side. That being said, the league requires players to be available to the media every week and Lynch is doing the bare minimum possible in hopes of avoiding a league fine.
If he's being required to speak, he could do so in a more professional manner than making a mockery of the whole relationship.
Lynch has been a perfectly useful interview in the past. He can be again if he wants to. If he doesn't want to, it's not going to serve a purpose for anyone.
Bruce Irvin says he's playing against Green Bay:
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin returned to the practice field on Sunday after missing the entirety of the preseason following offseason hip surgery.
Despite just having three days of practice under his belt, Irvin says he's going to be playing against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
"Oh yeah. I ain't supposed to say this but yeah, I'll be out there Thursday," Irvin said.
Irvin said he suffered the hip injury during the team's mock game last preseason, but played through it all season. He had surgery in the offseason to correct the issue.
He said having to sit and watch practices all offseason was difficult to handle.
"It was like spending time in the county jail, man. That's how it felt," Irvin said. "It was so hard to watch these guys week in and week out busting their tails at practice, everybody getting better every week. And I was just coming and watching."
"It's a blessing to be back with my brothers. I don't care if I play three snaps or 12 snaps. I'm just happy to be dressing out with these boys and feeling like I'm contributing to this win we're about to get."
The Seahawks waived defensive tackle Michael Brooks and linebacker Horace Miller from injured reserve with injury settlements on Monday.
Brooks and Miller both suffered knee injuries during the preseason and were placed on injured reserve during cuts.
Seattle also waived guard C.J. Davis and cornerback A.J. Jefferson with injury settlements on Tuesday. Both were injured in the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos.
Receiver Phil Bates cleared waivers and is now a free agent after being released by the team on Monday.
Green Bay Packers
*The Packers did not practice Tuesday. Participation designations are an estimation.