IRMarshawn Lynch
RB OAK (7)
5 days ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

IRMarshawn Lynch
RB OAK (7)
1 week ago1 Comment

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

IRMarshawn Lynch
RB OAK (7)
1 month ago

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."

EDGE Analysis

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).

IRMarshawn Lynch
RB OAK (7)
2 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

Since Lynch's move to IR coming out of the Raiders' bye required him to miss eight weeks anyway, the running back elected to go under the knife to address 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 continue his career in 2019 after already 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.

IRMarshawn Lynch
RB OAK (7)
2 months ago1 Comment

The Raiders place Lynch (groin) on injured reserve Monday, the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

IRMarshawn Lynch
RB OAK (7)
2 months ago

Lynch (groin) is expected to miss at least one month after undergoing an MRI earlier this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 his 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, Jalen Richard and Doug Martin should be the primary beneficiaries of increased work out of the backfield.

IRMarshawn Lynch
RB OAK (7)
2 months ago

Coach John Gruden said the Raiders are "concerned" about the health of Lynch's groin, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

IRMarshawn Lynch
RB OAK (7)
2 months ago

Lynch accounted for 45 rushing yards on 13 carries, with three receptions for 14 yards during Sunday's 27-3 defeat to Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

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 top-10 in yards allowed per attempt.

IRMarshawn Lynch
RB OAK (7)
2 months ago

Lynch (hip) does not carry a Week 6 injury designation.

EDGE Analysis

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 Week 5's 26-10 loss to the Chargers), but Lynch still led the Raiders' ground attack and his low volume was game-flow driven. A rebound in Week 6 seems probable, with Lynch no doubt looking forward to turning in a good showing against his former team.

IRMarshawn Lynch
RB OAK (7)
2 months ago

Lynch was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a hip injury rather than a shoulder injury, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

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, looking 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.