• Lynch back at practice…Cold But Dry

    by  • January 31, 2014 • Sports

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch returned to being a full participant in practice as the Seattle Seahawks had their second workout of Super Bowl week.

    Lynch was given Wednesday off as has been his typical regimen for most of the season. He was a full participant on Thursday as the Seahawks were as healthy as they have been all season just a few days before facing Denver.

    Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Brandon Mebane were all full participants as well.

    Seattle took the field around 4:30 p.m. and went for 90 minutes at the New York Giants’ indoor practice facility. The Seahawks again opened the doors of the building to let cold air in and try and simulate the expected temperatures on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.



    Cold but dry

    NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like they’ll have cold, but dry conditions for Sunday’s Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium.

    According to the National Weather Service, Sunday’s high temperature is expected to be 38 degrees — which would make it the coldest of the 48 Super Bowls. With the opening kickoff scheduled for about 6:30 p.m., the mercury could drop into the 20s by the time the game ends. There is little chance of snow or rain.



    Union says HGH testing held up by appeals process

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the NFL players’ union says testing for human growth hormone is being held up by a disagreement with the league over whether the commissioner or a neutral arbitrator will handle certain types of appeals.

    NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says that otherwise, “The drug policy overall is 98 percent done.”

    NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says another outstanding issue is whether a second offense will draw a suspension of eight or 10 games.



    NFL says concussions down

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says the number of concussions in practices and games in the preseason and regular season dropped 13 percent from 2012 to 2013.

    Using information collected from team doctors, the league also says there was a 23 percent decrease over the past two seasons in the number of concussions caused by helmet-to-helmet contact.

    Speaking at a pre-Super Bowl news conference Thursday, Jeff Miller, the league’s senior VP of health and safety policy, calls the data “positive trends.”

    Some players have expressed concern that the NFL’s emphasis on decreasing hits to the head could lead to more low hits and more knee injuries. But Miller says there has not been an overall increase in damaged knee ligaments.