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NFL roundup: Seahawks' Lynch runs from media again

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Seattle Seahawks running Marshawn Lynch cut short another mandatory Super Bowl media session on Wednesday in Jersey City, N.J.

Lynch, known for avoiding interviews, hopped over chairs to escape reporters after facing questions for 6 minutes, 47 seconds. On Tuesday, Lynch exited the Super Bowl media day in the Prudential Center after 6 1/2 minutes.

"I appreciate it," Lynch said of the media wanting to speak with him. "But I just don't get it. I'm just here so I don't get fined."

Lynch, wearing headphones, was noticably uneasy during Wednesday's session and climbed over the chairs to leave because he was hemmed in by Seahawks teammates Robert Turbin and Michael Robinson.

Lynch appeared agitated after Turbin came in and sat beside him.

"Why you wanna block me in, brother?" Lynch asked Turbin.

At one point, Lynch called out a team staff member, asking "What about the time?" He abruptly took off when a reporter shouted his name to ask a question, bolting to a restricted-access area.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told ESPN.com that Lynch might not be fined for leaving Tuesday's mandatory session early.

"Players are required to participate and he participated," Aiello said.

--While previous Super Bowl sites such as Atlanta and New Orleans have been blasted by unusual winter weather in recent days, the prospects of good conditions for Sunday's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium is getting better and better.

There was a dusting of snow on Tuesday night, but the temperature was rising Wednesday in the New York area under sunny skies.

On Super Bowl Sunday, the high is now expected to be 44, and while there could be some rain or wintry mix during the day, it appears any precipitation will be gone by game time of 6:30 p.m. ET. The drop in temperature as darkness hits is only expected to be a low of 27 and, more important, winds should be negligible.

--Official practice report for Wednesday, ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Denver Broncos: DT Sione Fua, calf, did not participate; TE Joel Dreessen, knee, full participation; DT Terrance Knighton, knee, full participation; G Chris Kuper, ankle, full participation; QB Peyton Manning, ankle, full participation;

RB Knowshon Moreno, ribs, full participation; K Matt Prater, illness, full participation; DT Mitch Unrein, knee, full participation; CB Kayvon Webster, thumb, full participation

Seattle Seahawks: RB Marshawn Lynch, non-injury related, did not participate; WR Doug Baldwin, hip, full participation; WE Percy Harvin, concussion, full participation; DT Brandon Mebane, ankle, full participation.

--Warren Sapp is not a big fan Michael Strahan. The Pro Football Hall of Famer does not not think the former New York Giants defensive lineman deserves enshrinement.

Strahan, now a television personality and analyst, is one of 15 finalists for induction. This year's class will be announced Saturday.

Sapp has questioned Strahan's season sack record of 22 1/2 set in 2001. Strahan was credited with his final sack that season on a play that Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Fabre appeared to take a dive.

--Brian Gaine is out as the Miami Dolphins' assistant general manager after the team announced an agreement to a mutual parting.

Gaine came to the Dolphins in 2008 and served as the team's assistant GM in 2013. Reports indicated that he was one of the finalists for the general manager job that went to Dennis Hickey last week.

--The St. Louis Rams dismissed Tim Walton as defensive coordinator after one season on the job.

ESPN reported that the Rams plan to hire former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to replace Walton.

Walton was named to the position last year after joining the Rams from the Detroit Lions, where he worked for four years as the secondary coach.

--The Baltimore Ravens made two coaching staff moves, naming Steve Spagnuolo as secondary coach/assistant head coach and hiring Brian Pariani as tight ends coach.

Spagnuolo joined the Ravens in 2013 as a senior defensive assistant. His extensive NFL experiences includes serving as defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints in 2012 and New York Giants in 2007-08 and as head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2009 to 2011.

--Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews had the pins removed from his surgically repaired right thumb last week, according to FOXSports.com.

Matthews originally injured his thumb in Week 5 against the Detroit Lions and then had surgery, missing the following four games. He re-injured his thumb in Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Matthews missed the final week of the regular season and the wild-card loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

--The New England Patriots hired Brendan Daly as a defensive assistant coach.

Daly is a 17-year coaching veteran, including eight seasons in the NFL as an assistant. Daly had two stints with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-08) as a defensive assistant/defensive line coach and (2012-13) as a defensive line coach, sandwiched between a three-year stint with the St. Louis Rams (2009-11) as a defensive line coach.
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