NFL warns Marshawn Lynch with 15-yard penalty for obscene gesture
by Brandon Wise |
The NFL has issued a warning to Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch if he decides to make his obscene gesture in the Super Bowl, vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told ESPN Saturday. If Lynch performs his gesture, Seattle will be assessed a 15-yard penalty.

Meaning if Lynch makes his gesture after scoring a touchdown, the kickoff will be from the 20 yard line. Lynch was fined $20,000 for making his gesture after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship game last week.

Justin Forsett: The Ravens 'expressed that they want me back'
by Igor Mello |
Justin Forsett told reporters following Friday's Pro Bowl practice that the Ravens have expressed interest in bringing him back next season, according to Forsett, who replaced Arian Foster's spot in the exhibition game, noted that he has not engaged in any contract discussions with the team, but remains optimistic of a possible deal in the offseason.

"That is the plan, they gave me my shot, they trusted me and believed in me enough to give me that shot so I'd like to stay," Forsett said. "They expressed that they want me back. I want to be back, so we'll see what happens."

Forsett, 29 is seeking his first multiyear contract of his career after playing for five teams in seven seasons. He broke out for 1,266 rushing yards this season, fifth-most in the NFL, and led all running backs with 5.4 yards per carry.

Seahawks GM on Lynch: 'I kind of love his act'
by Brandon Wise |
Seahawks general manager John Schneider said little Friday about Marshawn Lynch's future with the franchise.

"I mean, he's under contract next year," Schneider said in an interview with The Seattle Times. "He's a warrior. Goes out there every weekend and lays it on the line. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better running back in the National Football League."

Lynch has been rumored to be cut after this season to save money. He is set to make $5 million in base salary in 2015. Schneider also said he has no problem with the way Lynch behaves both on and off the field.

"I kind of love his act," Schneider said.

QB Romo doing his part to convince Cowboys to keep Murray, Bryant
by Michael Hurcomb |
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said Friday he is doing everything in his power to convince owner Jerry Jones to lock up running back DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant to long-term contracts, per The Dallas Morning News.

“I’m pretty consistently [talking to Jones], and everyone around the building, about bringing them both back,” Romo said on 103.3 [KESN-FM]. “I think everybody understands how great these guys are and how lucky we are to have them.

“Any time you get talented guys where you can put more than two on one side of the ball, you get three, four, if you’re lucky enough to ever get five, it’s one of those things where if you can put a group like that together you can make a run and be very difficult for teams to deal with for years.

“I think that’s what you’re trying to build ultimately is to have sustained success. We have an opportunity to have that.”

Colts' Grigson confirms Richardson was suspended for last two games
by Michael Hurcomb |
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson confirmed Friday running back Trent Richardson was suspended the final two playoff games. Grigson wouldn't elaborate on why Richardson was suspended and didn't want to get into it because of personal reasons.

Richardson said last week he was not at the walkthrough practice Saturday before Sunday's AFC title game due to a family emergency.

"I had to miss walk-through," Richardson said, per ESPN. "I'm dealing with a very serious family emergency. I'm still at the hospital. I wouldn't purposely just miss walk-through. I wouldn't just purposely turn my back on the team."

According to WTHR's Bob Kravitz earlier this week, Richardson "didn't call" team officials to let them know he'd be absent Saturday.

Richardson, who was the No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft, has been a disappointment offensively since being acquired in a 2013 trade with the Browns. He has totaled just 977 rushing yards and averaged 3.1 yards per carry in 29 games with Indianapolis.

Seahawks release Thursday bye-week practice report
by R.J. White |
The Seahawks released the practice report for Thursday's session, with safety Earl Thomas (shoulder), running back Marshawn Lynch (not injury related) and guard J.R. Sweezy (ankle) listed as did not participate for a second straight day.

The team listed four players as practicing in full, including defensive end Michael Bennett (not injury related), cornerback Richard Sherman (elbow), tackle Justin Britt (knee) and long snapper Clint Gresham (neck).

Seattle is a 1-point underdog against New England in Super Bowl XLIX.

Mark Ingram on free agency: Saints 'definitely' want me back
by Igor Mello |
With free agency looming, running back Mark Ingram told Katherine Terrell of the Times-Picayune on Thursday that the Saints "definitely" want him back next season.

Ingram totaled 974 rushing yards on 226 carries with nine touchdowns in 13 games for New Orleans in 2014, nearly notching his first career 1,000-yard season. Ingram has 2,426 career rushing yards through his first four seasons with the Saints (50 games). He was also selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl, replacing Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who is in the Super Bowl.

Report: Marshawn Lynch fined $20K for obscene gesture
by Larry Hartstein |
The NFL fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for making an obscene gesture after his touchdown in the NFC Championship Game, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lynch grabbed his crotch after running for a 24-yard score in the fourth quarter.

In addition, says Schefter, the league is considering fining Lynch "significantly more" than the $50,000 it has fined him each of the past two years for not speaking to the media. Lynch is scheduled to address reporters three times leading up to the Super Bowl.

Seahawks release Super Bowl bye-week practice report
by R.J. White |
The Seahawks didn't take the practice field Wednesday during the team's bye week before Super Bowl XLIX, but they released a hypothetical Wednesday practice report, listing five players as DNP and two as going through a full practice.

Cornerback Richard Sherman, who sprained his elbow in the second half of Sunday's NFC Championship Game, is listed as a full participant along with tackle Justin Britt, putting the pair on track to be available for the title game.

Running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Michael Bennett would not have participated in practice due to non-injury-related reasons. Safety Earl Thomas (shoulder), guard J.R. Sweezy (ankle) and long snapper Clint Gresham (neck) would have joined them on the sidelines.

Seattle is a 1-point underdog for next Sunday's Super Bowl against New England.

DeMarco Murray understands Cowboys' tough decision
by R.J. White |
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray reacted to owner Jerry Jones' comments regarding the tough challenge the team faces in keeping both him and wide receiver Dez Bryant, saying he understands the "business aspect" of the situation, reports.

"Those guys know how I am as a person and I understand that business aspect," Murray said. "I don’t get butt-hurt. I don’t get my feelings hurt. I believe in myself and what I’m capable of doing and whoever it is I’m playing for next year, I know I’m going to make a huge impact."

Murray added that he would love to return to the Cowboys in 2015 but acknowledged that several factors will be considered before he makes a decision on his next contract.

"Obviously I love playing with these guys, love playing for Jerry, love playing for Jason [Garrett]," Murray said. "He’s a helluva coach, a helluva guy. The things I’ve learned from him and [Jason Witten] in the four years I’ve been here, I’m very gracious and appreciative of it. If the chips fall that way, I’m excited and would love to come back. I don’t know what’s going to happen, so we’ll see ... I’ve thought about a lot of things I haven’t told anyone yet, not even my agent or not even my family. You can sit back and look at the pros and cons of many different situations and you think of yourself and think of your family in these situations."

Murray rushed for a league-high 1,845 yards on 392 carries and 13 touchdowns, adding 57 receptions for 416 yards in the passing game. However, the running back also lost five fumbles during the regular season.

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