Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, second from left, stands with Steven Terrell on the sideline during practice Wednesday. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Bellevue, Wash. — Police have cleared Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch in an assault and property damage case.
The Bellevue Police Department issued a statement late Wednesday night saying Lynch wasn’t involved and that the case remained open.
The police department expressed appreciation for cooperation from Lynch and the Seahawks.
Police initially released a statement Monday mentioning Lynch.
The Seahawks released a statement a day later saying they believed the accusations to be “bogus” after speaking with Lynch.
Maine governor rips Rice
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, outraged that NFL player Ray Rice received only a two-game suspension for a domestic violence arrest, pledged to boycott the league and called on its commissioner to take the issue seriously.
In a scathing letter sent to Roger Goodell on Tuesday, the outspoken Republican governor said the punishment given to the Baltimore Ravens running back sends the message that it’s OK “for professional athletes to beat women, just for the sake of ratings.”
“Taking thugs and wife-beaters off the field may be bad for business, but you are playing games with people’s lives,” said LePage, who was beaten by his father when he was young and has made domestic abuse prevention and awareness a priority of his administration.
Romo ready to return
Tony Romo will play his first game for the Dallas Cowboys since undergoing back surgery for a herniated disk last December.
Romo will start for the Cowboys in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens. Romo missed Dallas’ exhibition opener against San Diego as the Cowboys are easing him back into things after his second back surgery in the past two years.
Romo said he gave no thought to skipping the preseason to make sure he stayed healthy, saying the only way to get better at football is to play football. It will be his first chance to play in a game under new play caller Scott Linehan.
“I think you have to play in the preseason,” Romo said. “Obviously, some people can’t, but I do know from my perspective, this game is not something where you can show up and think that you can do it. I think it’s been proven far too many times that if you take too long of a break or don’t get reps under you that you will be exposed in certain areas.”
Seahawks rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh will undergo an MRI after appearing to suffer a knee injury in practice. The team did not have any further details. Coach Pete Carroll is expected to talk after Thursday’s practice.
Marsh was a fourth-round pick out of UCLA and was expected to contribute right away as a pass rusher for the Seahawks.