Lynch is open to coming out of retirement if the Raiders want him back in 2019, a source told Steve Wyche of NFL Network.
That Lynch still has an apparent desire to play suggests the rumors of his retirement plans that surfaced last week might have more to do with the Raiders wanting to move on from him than anything else. Oakland's decision to bring in fellow bruiser Isaiah Crowell (Achilles) instead of re-signing Lynch earlier this offseason supports that notion, but now that Crowell is lost for the season, the Raiders could rethink their backfield plans. In any case, first-round rookie Josh Jacobs appears primed to handle a significant role right away, which wouldn't bode well for Lynch to continue averaging the 15 carries per game he saw with Oakland in 2018.
Lynch (groin) plans to retire from professional football rather than attempting to play in 2019, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Lynch previously stepped away from the game following the Seahawks' Super Bowl 50 loss to the Patriots, sitting out the 2016 season before Seattle traded his rights to Oakland. Invigorated by the chance to play for his hometown team, Lynch promptly inked a two-year deal with the Raiders and made 21 appearances during his time in Oakland, logging 1,267 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. His 2018 campaign was cut short by a groin injury, and though the issue wasn't anything that would have impacted his availability for NFL training camps this summer, the 33-year-old is apparently ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Assuming Lynch follows through with his retirement plans, he'll wrap up his career as a five-time Pro Bowler, one-time Super Bowl champ and the NFL's 29th all-time leading rusher.
GM Mike Mayock suggested Lynch (groin) will wait until after the 2019 NFL Draft to make a decision on his future in football, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Both parties seem content with a patient approach, as the Raiders prefer to maintain flexibility and Lynch probably wants to see how he feels once he's finished rehabbing from October groin surgery. He's likely deciding between another year with the Raiders or retirement, as there hasn't been any suggestion the 32-year-old running back is interested in playing for a different team. Money may also be a factor, given his status as an unrestricted free agent.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he is still unsure if Lynch (groin) intends to continue his football career, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The 32-year-old running back was placed on injured reserve Oct. 22, finishing his 11th NFL season with 90 carries for 376 yards (4.2 average) and three touchdowns. He probably still has something to offer, but a third season with the rebuilding Raiders may not sound too appealing even if he enjoys playing in his hometown. Lynch will turn 33 in April and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Lynch (groin) won't be eligible to return from injured reserve this season after the Raiders used their second and last designated-for-return spot Thursday on offensive tackle Donald Penn (leg), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Since Lynch was shuttled to IR on Oct. 22 shortly after undergoing surgery to repair a torn groin, he wouldn't have been able to play until at least Week 16 in light of the mandated eight-week shutdown period. Coach Jon Gruden offered little optimism Monday that Lynch would be ready to practice in the near future, so it's not too surprising that the Raiders have decided to close the book on his campaign. With Lynch hitting free agency this spring and set to turn 33 years old in April, it's not unreasonable to suspect his NFL career might be over. Lynch had previously retired from the NFL in 2016 before being lured back last season to join his hometown squad, but the idea of returning to the Raiders may not be as appealing with the team relocating to Las Vegas as soon as 2019 and no later than 2020.
Head coach Jon Gruden said Monday that he still doesn't know if Lynch (groin) will be able to return this season, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Gruden said a little over a month ago that he was uncertain about Lynch's availability for the remainder of the season, and he provided the same answer Monday when asked. Gruden did say he "thinks Lynch is getting better," but added that Lynch is rehabbing on his own and the process is being overseen by the training staff, which is an indication he may not know precisely where Lynch stands in his recovery. This leaves the door slightly open for Lynch to play before the season ends, but with just four regular-season weeks to go, that seems unlikely and would leave him little-to-no time to make a fantasy impact should he get back on the field. Doug Martin and Jalen Richard will continue sharing the bulk of the work in the Raiders backfield for now, and likely the rest of the way.
Coach Jon Gruden isn't confident Lynch (groin) will return this season, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "I don't know, Gruden said Monday. "I would say it would be very difficult, but I'm never going to shut the door with a guy like that."
NFL teams can designate just two players to return from injured reserve during a given season, and among 10 Raiders on the list Gruden specifically mentioned defensive tackle Justin Ellis (foot) and tackle Donald Penn (leg) as candidates. In the case of Lynch, he was forced to IR due to a groin injury that required surgery Oct. 18, placing his earliest possible return date Dec. 24 against the Broncos. In his stead, Oakland will have a fairly even split of snaps between Doug Martin (28 offensive snaps Sunday against the Colts) and pass-catching back Jalen Richard (22).
Lynch underwent surgery Oct. 18 to repair his groin and is hopeful to return form injured reserve when first eligible Week 16 against the Broncos, Jordan Schultz of ESPN reports.
Since Lynch's move to IR coming out of the Raiders' bye required him to miss at least eight weeks, the running back went under the knife to permanently fix the groin injury, which had been a nuisance through the team's first six contests. The Raiders will likely turn to Doug Martin and Jalen Richard as their primary options out of the backfield while Lynch is out of commission for the next two months, but if he heals as anticipated, the 32-year-old could factor into the mix for the final two games of the campaign. A free agent after the season, Lynch may not be eager to keep playing in 2019 after previously retiring once before, so he likely has some incentive to rehab hard and try to make one last appearance in his hometown of Oakland in Week 16.
The Raiders placed Lynch (groin) on injured reserve Monday, the team's official site reports.
During the Raiders' Week 7 bye, coach Jon Gruden raised concerns about Lynch's lingering groin injury, which had hindered him for most of the season. An MRI eventually revealed that Lynch would require at least a month of recovery and potentially force the veteran running back to injured reserve. The Raiders choose the latter for Lynch, forcing him to miss at least the next eight games. During his absence, Doug Martin and Jalen Richard are expected to be the biggest beneficiaries, but DeAndre Washington may also get in on the act.
Lynch (groin) is expected to be sidelined for at least one month after undergoing an MRI earlier this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Rapoport relays that the Raiders view injured reserve as a possibility for Lynch.
Lynch had been playing through the groin injury since Week 1 without it dramatically hindering his productivity, but it appears his condition took a turn for the worse coming out of Sunday's loss to the Seahawks in London. While the Raiders have been on a bye this week, the team had Lynch visit doctors for a closer look at the injury, with the MRI apparently revealing a fairly severe strain. Oakland hasn't officially confirmed the recovery timeline outlined by Rapoport, but it appears safe to conclude that Lynch will miss game action as a result. With Lynch out of commission, Doug Martin and Jalen Richard will be the primary beneficiaries of increased work out of the backfield.
Coach John Gruden said the Raiders are "concerned" about the health of Lynch's groin, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Gruden called the injury a "strain," which could stem from his groin issue on the team's Week 1 injury report. In the midst of their bye week, the Raiders will continue to evaluate Lynch with the hope that he'll be OK for their next game, Oct. 28 against the Colts. If he ultimately needs some time off, Jalen Richard would be next in line for touches out of the backfield. Beyond Richard, Doug Martin and DeAndre Washington are the remaining RB options.
Lynch accounted for 45 rushing yards on 13 carries and added three receptions for 14 yards during Sunday's 27-3 defeat to Seattle.
As the Raiders have fallen into early double-digit deficits over each of the past two weeks, Lynch has seen his involvement in the offense substantially depleted. After averaging 19 rushes per game between Week 2 and Week 4, "Beast Mode" has just 22 combined rushes over the past two weeks (for 3.45 yards per carry) in losses to the Chargers and Seahawks. The 1-5 Raiders limp into the bye, with Lynch preparing for a Week 8 matchup against an Indianapolis rush defense ranking in the top 10 in yards allowed per attempt.
Lynch (hip) does not carry a Week 6 injury designation vs. the Seahawks.
Lynch was limited at practice this week by a hip issue, but it won't stop him from playing Sunday in London. He's coming off his quietest game of the season -- nine carries for 31 yards in a 26-10 loss to the Chargers in Week 5 -- but Lynch still led the Raiders' ground attack, and his low volume was game-flow driven. A rebound Week 6 seems probable, with Lynch no doubt looking forward to turning in a good showing against his former team.
Lynch was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a hip injury rather than a shoulder issue, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Lynch was listed with a groin injury for Week 1 and a shoulder injury the past four weeks, typically logging limited practices rather than being held out altogether. He should be fine for Sunday's revenge game against the Seahawks in London as he looks to bounce back from a disappointing nine-carry outing in an ugly Week 5 loss to the Chargers. As always, Lynch's workload will depend on the Raiders' ability to keep the game at least somewhat competitive.
Lynch (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
This might be taken as a small sign of progress, considering Lynch was held out of practice entirely last Wednesday with the same issue. Whatever the case, he has been playing through a minor shoulder injury since Week 2 without any noticeable impact on his vicious running style. The larger concern is his team's issues with staying competitive, as Lynch saw just nine carries in Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Chargers. The Raiders should have a better matchup from that standpoint in Week 6 when they take on Lynch's former team, the Seahawks, in London.
Lynch gained 31 yards on nine carries and 10 yards on two receptions in Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Chargers.
Lynch finished with season-low marks for carries, touches and yards as the Raiders ran just 49 plays and were forced to abandon their rushing attack after halftime. The 32-year-old has otherwise enjoyed a surprisingly consistent season, scoring three times in five games while averaging 80 scrimmage yards and 2.4 catches for a bad team. Lynch will face his former club in Week 6 when the Raiders host the Seahawks.
Lynch (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Chargers after logging limited practice sessions Thursday and Friday.
Lynch sat out Wednesday's practice, but his return to the field and subsequent removal from the Raiders' injury report cements his Week 5 availability. With that in mind, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal relays that coach Jon Gruden isn't inclined to limit the physical Lynch's workload at this stage, despite the running back handling 18 or more carries each of the past three weeks. Doug Martin will continue to work in a backup capacity behind Lynch, while Jalen Richard handles change-of-pace duties for the Raiders.
Lynch (shoulder) was removed from the Raiders' injury report Friday, indicating he'll be ready to play Sunday against the Chargers, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
After sitting out the Raiders' opening practice of the week with the shoulder issue, Lynch advanced to limited work Thursday. It's unclear how much involvement he saw in the Raiders' final session of the week Friday, but whatever Lynch was able to do was enough for Oakland to give him the green light for the weekend. Lynch has handled at least 18 carries in each of the past three weeks and is on pace for a 272-attempt season, but coach John Gruden suggested the team has no plans to reduce the 32-year-old's workload. "He's been durable his career," Gruden said of Lynch. "We'll just keep feeding him Skittles and keep sending him out there as long as he can."
Lynch (shoulder) was limited at Thursday's practice.
Lynch is tending to a shoulder injury for a fourth consecutive week. In the Raiders' previous three games, he racked up 311 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 65 touches, a workload that he'll aim to uphold Sunday against the Chargers, assuming he's active.
Lynch (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
There's a solid chance he'll be listed as a limited participant, but Lynch's return to the field Thursday suggests that he'll be a go Sunday against the Chargers.
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