Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will not be allowed to wear his special gold cleats against the Green Bay Packers.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was all set to wear some very cool looking gold cleats against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, but the NFL has decided that he cannot wear them during the game.
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After the league found out that Lynch was planning to wear gold cleats, they immediately said that he would be ejected from the game if he wore them. They later softened their stance and said that he would simply not be allowed to play while wearing the cleats and would be allowed back into the game as soon as he had replaced them with normal cleats.
There have been other situations in the past when the NFL has allowed players to wear different colored cleats. Pro Football Talk mentioned Brandon Marshall in particular, when he was allowed to wear green cleats in order to promote mental-health awareness. The league still allowed him to play despite the uniform violation.
What is the difference between Marshall’s situation and this one? Quite simply, Lynch was wearing the shoes as a personal choice while Marshall was wearing them because of a noble cause that he was promoting. He has already been a bit obnoxious in the media with his unwillingness to give legitimate interviews.
Lynch is the Seahawks’ biggest threat on the offensive side of the football, and will be used in a big role against the Packers. They are looking to get back into the Super Bowl for the second year in a row, but the Packers are a very talented team that will give them a run for their money.
During the 2014 regular season, Lynch carried the football 280 times for 1,306 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had a few games where he didn’t play well, but for the most part was a major workhorse for Seattle. Lynch has taken a lot of pressure off of third-year quarterback Russell Wilson, and will need to have a big game against Green Bay in order to get back to the Super Bowl.
Expect to see a large dose of Lynch when the Seahawks go up against the Packers this afternoon, but you won’t see those awesome gold cleats that he was planning to wear. These type of rules by the NFL seem a bit weak, but they are rules nonetheless.
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