Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seahawks open camp without Lynch

MARSHAWN LYNCH was absent as expected yesterday when the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks began training camp.

Coach Pete Carroll said he was disappointed Lynch was not present. Carroll reiterated the team wants Lynch there and still intends on him being an integral part of their plans for this season.

Lynch made known his intentions on holding out from camp on Thursday when former teammate Michael Robinson said on NFL Network that Lynch was unhappy with the structure of the 4-year contract he signed in 2012. Lynch can make up to $5.5 million this season in base pay and roster bonuses.

Lynch has 1,066 carries for 4,624 yards and 41 touchdowns in the regular season since joining the Seahawks via a trade during the 2010 season.

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* Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon reported to training camp as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time.

* Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots' oft-injured tight end, participated in light drills, but is not ready for full training-camp activity, as he continues recovery from knee surgery.

* After sitting out the Saints' offseason practices because of back surgery, safety Jairus Byrd was placed on the physically unable to perform list.

* A judge in Alabama convicted Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and imposed an 18-day jail term for a disturbance in a park in 2013.


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