Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did not join his teammates in the locker room after the second quarter of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs and stayed on the field for the entire halftime period, reports NFL.com’s Michael Silver.
Lynch's former teammate in Seattle, Michael Robinson, later told NFL Network that he was unable to walk to the locker room.
Lynch rushed 24 times for 124 yards in his team's 24-20 loss to Kansas City.
Silver asked Lynch after the game if he thinks he will be with the team next season.
"Do I think I'll be gone after this season?" Lynch said. "I don't know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don't talk too much. I just play the game. If they have something going on, I don't know about it."
Lynch is owed $5 million in base salary next season and could make another $2.5 million in bonuses. His contract next season counts $9 million against the cap.
It was reported in June that Lynch wanted a new contract extension, as he is in the third year of a four-year deal that will pay him $30 million. He told Silver that he understands the NFL is a business.
Lynch also discussed his relationship with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll:
“Pete's my head coach. Well, I mean, you know, he's really not in my position meetings. ... It ain't like we get to chop it up like that,” Lynch told Silver.
Seattle is 6-4 this season after the loss to Kansas City and sits three games back of the first-place Arizona Cardinals (9-1) in the NFC West. Lynch is third in the NFL in rushing with 813 yards. He has also scored a league-leading nine rushing touchdowns.
The Seahawks have a chance to cut into Arizona's division lead when they face the Cardinals Sunday.
- Scooby Axson