Marshawn Lynch is taking the field on Tuesday to practice with his Seattle Seahawks teammates, despite being in the middle of an alleged assault investigation.
News broke on Monday that Lynch might be involved in an assault that allegedly occurred early Sunday morning in Bellevue, Wash.
Lynch was reportedly practicing with the team Sunday. The team did not have practice on Monday.
On Tuesday morning, after news of the investigation spread, Lynch was still in pads and ready to go, according to The Seattle Times‘ Bob Condotta:
Marshawn Lynch in pads as Seahawks practice begins.
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 12, 2014
Lynch has been working to get back in to shape to take some reps this preseason, after missing a number of training camp practices during his contract holdout.
Pete Carroll praised Lynch for his work ethic over the weekend and said Lynch is “getting a lot closer” to returning to the team.
Lynch is expected to be the starting running back for the Seahawks, though he may be sharing some of his carries with second-year runner Christine Michael.
Michael has shown glimpses of greatness in his limited action with the Seahawks, and he is the heavy favorite to take over the starting job once Lynch and the Seahawks part ways.
Depending on negotiations this offseason, that could be at the end of the 2015 season, when Lynch’s four-year, $30 million contract is set to expire.
But that’s in the future for this team, and right now everyone is focused on 2014 and defending their Super Bowl title.
The team has done a decent job ignoring the negative press from Monday, but we will have to see the results of the investigation to see what the Seahawks decide to do with Lynch, who has been arrested many times before.
Until more results are revealed, it looks like Lynch and the Seahawks will treat everything as business as usual.