Beast Mode has been deactivated — literally.
The Oakland Raiders placed running back Marshawn Lynch on injured reserve Monday, a move that could indicate the end of the line for the 32-year-old.
Lynch had been one of the lone bright spots for the 1-5 Raiders this season, tallying 376 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 90 carries. But he left last Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks with a groin injury, and Monday's move rules him out until Week 16 at the earliest.
Lynch is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. If he decides to retire for good — he famously announced on Twitter during Super 50 that he was hanging up his cleats before later returning to join the hometown Raiders — he leaves a substantial legacy.
A five-time Pro Bowl selection and No. 12 overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2007 out of Cal, Lynch was one of the key figures of the Seahawks' prolific stretch in the first half of this decade. Beyond his signature moments, including the "Beast Quake" run against the New Orleans Saints in a 2010 wild-card playoff game, he helped lead the franchise to its first Super Bowl title with a win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Lynch also was famous for a mercurial personality and disinterest in speaking with the media, as he famously repeated at Super Bowl XLIV media day.
With Lynch out, Doug Martin is set to become the focal point of the Raiders' run game, though Jalen Richard could also contribute.
The move is just the latest significant shift for Jon Gruden and Co., as the team also traded Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round pick.
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