When the Seattle Seahawks begin training camp Friday, running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to be absent. That's according to former Seahawk Michael Robinson, who is now a commentator on the NFL Network.
"Marshawn Lynch just called me," Robinson said Thursday. "He said he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks."
Lynch, the former Cal star, has two years left on a four-year deal worth up to $30 million. It's not expected the team is willing to re-do his contract, not wanting to set the precedent of ripping up existing contracts.
A source confirms Lynch is at risk of being fined $30,000 per day and after five days he could partially forfeit a $6 million signing bonus.
"The guy has been the face of this franchise since the day he stepped in that door -- it's been Beast Mode," Robinson said.
Ravens: Running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL after his arrest for domestic violence. He'll miss the opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game against Pittsburgh. He was arrested after a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee and now wife Janay Palmer.
"It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that's my fault," Rice, who's been accepted into a diversion program, said in a statement. "As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents."
Panthers: Pro Bowl quarterback Cam Newton and defensive end Greg Hardy will be ready to practice when Carolina starts camp Friday. General manager Dave Gettleman said Newton has been cleared medically following ankle surgery March 19. Gettleman said Hardy, convicted of domestic violence last week, won't face any suspension from the Panthers at this time. He said the team will follow the league's stance and let the legal process play out.
Jaguars: Jacksonville has no plans to part ways with troubled receiver Justin Blackmon, team owner Shad Khan said. Blackmon was arrested Wednesday in an Oklahoma City suburb on a complaint of marijuana possession. He was suspended indefinitely last November for repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Cowboys: Linebacker Rolando McClain missed the start of training camp in Oxnard to return to Alabama for trial on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Falcons: Atlanta agreed to a four-year extension with receiver Roddy White. Terms weren't released.
Bills: Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was cleared for practice after passing a conditioning test. On Monday, Dareus agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program in a bid to have two felony drug charges dismissed in his native Alabama.
Browns: Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon will have an appeal hearing with NFL officials Aug. 1, a source said. He faces a possible one-year ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.