SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 25: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by A.J. Jefferson #20 of the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field on September 25, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
As it has been noted around the news in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested in Oakland, California on DUI charges. It is not the first time that Lynch has had a run-in with the law, and he has already been punished by the NFL for off-the-field issues.
In 2009, he was suspended for the first three games of the season related to a misdemeanor guns charge. Since he has already been suspended under the league's personal conduct policy, it would not be unreasonable to believe that Seattle will have to start the season without him, assuming that the league looks into the case in time before the start of the regular season.
Arizona faced the Seahawks both times last season without Beanie Wells, but that was due to injuries. They split those games.
Playing the Seattle offense without having to deal with Lynch does not guarantee anything, but it will certainly make the defense's job a little easier to start the season.
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