Pete Carroll ‘wasn’t worried’ about Marshawn Lynch’s early exit

Sep 15, 2014, 4:45 PM | Updated: Sep 16, 2014, 4:41 pm
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RENTON – Seattle trailed by six points with a little over a minute left and had yet to concede defeat to San Diego when television cameras showed Marshawn Lynch walking by himself back to the locker room.

Anyone looking at the stat sheet might have assumed that it was frustration that compelled Seattle’s workhorse running back to leave the field early, but coach Pete Carroll said Monday that wasn’t the case.

“No, he went off with the doctors,” Carroll said when asked if he was bothered by Lynch’s early exit. “His back was tightening up or something like that. So I wasn’t worried about that.”‘

Lynch had only six carries Sunday, his fewest in any game since he was acquired by Seattle during the 2010 season. He caught four passes, including one for Seattle’s final touchdown.

Lynch has had recurring back issues that predate his arrival in Seattle. Carroll was asked if that affected him during Sunday’s game.

“It’s an ongoing issue for him. It’s been for years,” Carroll said. “It’s always something that we’re always monitoring.”

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