FINAL UPDATE - Sun 9/09/2012 - 11:30 AM EST: Adam Schefter on Twitter is reporting that Marshawn Lynch will in fact play, but the Seahawks WILL "be mindful" of his workload in lieu of his recent back spasms.
The situation is basically this: Lynch and rookie Robert Turbin will run as a committee. RotoWorld predicts a 10-15 carry day for Lynch and an 8-12 carry day for Turbin which is about right, but don't be surprised if Turbin eventually takes over completely.
Also keep in mind the Cardinals passing game. If Arizona is able to get a jump on Seattle early, the Seahawks ground game will suffer heavily and so will fantasy owners of Lynch and Turbin. I personally do not like either RB with this current situation, and recommend you look elsewhere for help at RB.
UPDATED - Sun, 9/09/2012 - 8:52AM EST: According to Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com, Marshawn Lynch is expected to play unless "something crazy happens". This is apparent good news for owners who were hoping to start Lynch, but there is still a slight chance he does not get the nod at the last minute.
I will have one more FINAL update BEFORE 1pm TODAY.
A more in-depth report is actually found on the team's website here. Basically it says that Lynch did practice and was able to show good movement, but it was on a limited basis.
What the coaching and training staff will do now is see HOW Marshawn Lynch's body reacts tomorrow after today's practice.
If Lynch is able to enter Saturday without reservation or ill reaction to today's practice, then you can expect him to play. This will be touch and go until Sunday morning at the very least, and as promised, I will keep you all updated as soon as new information becomes available.
Marshawn Lynch's expected contributions this season has been a major reason why many fantasy owners targeted him early in their fantasy football drafts. Now it appears they'll have to wait until Week 2 at the very least for those contributions to start.
Marshawn Lynch is Still Day to Day:
Head Coach Pete Carroll hinted around the possibility of Marshawn Lynch being a game time decision.
"We really won't know until the end of the week unless something changes," Carroll said. "The process that he's gone through, he's aerobically in good shape, we need to get him back his football legs and get him enough reps to do that. We'll continue to progress throughout the week." - Associated Press.
When a head coach claims he wants his starting RB to get his football legs back, that's never a good sign. When a head coach also says he wants to get his RB enough reps before game-time, that's even worse.
With opening day just three days away, fantasy owners may want to look at another option at RB. Even if Marshawn Lynch does play, it's clear that he's not quite up to speed which could limit his fantasy value in Week 1.
Some fantasy owners could turn their attention towards rookie RB Robert Turbin who excelled in preseason.
Robert Turbin impressed the staff this preseason rushing for 165 yards on just 38 carries—a 4.3 ypc average—but Turbin's availability may be limited depending on your league size.
Marshawn Lynch has been suffering from back spasms since August 18th, and he has not practiced since then despite receiving treatment.
Hopefully the injury winds up being a short-term delay and nothing more.