RENTON — Despite writing on his Facebook page that he won his appeal of a $50,000 fine for not talking to the media, Marshawn Lynch is still on the edge of being fined.
The Seattle Seahawks running back was fined $50,000 last week after not speaking to the media all season. Each NFL player is contractually obligated to speak with the media twice a week, if requested, once during the week and once after games.
Lynch had declined all interview requests, which led to his fine when the league was made aware of his ongoing silence.
“NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson heard the appeal and decided to hold the $50,000 in abeyance for now after Marshawn Lynch committed to complying with league policy and with the understanding that any further violation will result in the $50,000 being collected and an additional fine of at least $50,000 being assessed,” the NFL said in a statement.
So, Lynch is a step away from a $100,000 fine if he does not cooperate with the media from here on. It’s a bit of semantics, but Lynch did not have the $50,000 fully eliminated without a further commitment. He pledged to cooperate from here forward, and if he does, the league will not fine him.
Lynch spoke with the media Friday for the first time this season during a 79-word news conference.
Tight end Luke Willson said he came out of Tuesday’s practice feeling “pretty good” and was again a full participant Wednesday.
The rookie suffered a high ankle sprain during the regular-season finale against St. Louis. His left leg was put in an air cast.
He last had a high ankle sprain two years ago during his junior year at Rice University. He sprained the same ankle last week.
“It was a pretty bad one,” Willson said of his college injury. “Even when I was back, I had to do a lot of stuff just to play in games.”
Willson said he thought he injured his ankle when he went down against the Rams and that the medical staff initially was worried that it was a break. But X-rays showed no breaks, and Willson hopes to play in Saturday’s divisional playoff game against New Orleans.
“I guess it’s in the doctor’s hands now,” Willson said.
Strong safety Kam Chancellor (hip) did not participate in practice. ... Wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) was a full participant in practice, making it look more likely that he will play Saturday for the first time since Nov. 17. ... Saints running back Pierre Thomas (chest) did not practice Wednesday. He was inactive last week for the Saints’ wild-card game against Philadelphia. He led the Saints in rushing this season.