NFL rumors roundup

Marshawn Lynch didn't play on Seattle's first two series Sunday. AP/Elaine Thompson

Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Friday, Oct. 2:

  • Marshawn Lynch's status for the Seattle Seahawks' Monday Night Football game with the Detroit Lions remains up in the air. Pete Carroll, speaking with Dori Monson of KIRO Radio 93.7 FM, said the decision to play Beast Mode is "probably going to go to game-time." Carroll essentially was reiterating his stance from the day before, when the coach said that "it's going to take us all week to figure it out and see how he is." Lynch has been nursing a hamstring injury and was limited to just 14 yards on five carries in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears. If Lynch is unable to go, Carroll said that rookie Thomas Rawls and veteran Fred Jackson would split the backfield duty. Rawls ran for 104 yards on 16 carries last week during Seattle's blowout victory over Chicago. ESPN's Sheil Kapadia offers some analysis on what the Seahawks have in their rookie running back, and ESPN's KC Joyner offers some advice for Lynch's fantasy owners.

  • The San Francisco 49ers could have Reggie Bush back for their Week 4 tilt with the Green Bay Packers. The running back strained his calf in San Francisco's Week 1 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. According to a tweet from the 49ers' team reporter Joe Fann, Bush has been practicing in full and coach Jim Tomsula feels "real good about where he's at." If Bush does make his return, he could cut into a major portion of Carlos Hyde's playing time on passing downs. Playing against Green Bay's high-octane offense, San Francisco will most likely be playing catch-up for a large portion of the game.

  • Arian Foster could still play Sunday for the Houston Texans, according to ESPN's Tania Ganguli. Foster tore his groin during training camp and has yet to suit up for the Texans this season, forcing Houston to rely on a rotation of Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes in its backfield. Houston is guaranteed to be without one of those running backs this week, as Grimes was ruled out for the game against the Atlanta Falcons, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. If Arian Foster gets the green light, fantasy owners should not hesitate to start him. But if he can't go, Blue coming off a 100-yard performance wouldn't be a terrible handcuff either.

  • With Victor Cruz still sidelined, the New York Giants might have to get creative with their personnel groups against the Buffalo Bills. Jordan Raanan of NJ.com believes that could include lining up running back Shane Vereen as a wide receiver. The Giants have gotten virtually no production out of their No. 3 receivers this season, with Dwayne Harris and Geremy Davis combining for only one catch. O-coordinator Ben McAdoo thinks that his wideouts are ready to step up, "We expect Dwayne and Geremy to take advantage of their opportunities. They had a good couple days, and we'll see how it goes in the game." Coach Tom Coughlin hinted that the Giants are "capable of doing a few other things with the people we have," if Harris and Davis continue to struggle. If Vereen as a wideout is the "other thing" Coughlin cryptically referred to, he wouldn't be entering foreign territory. According to Raanan, the New England Patriots lined the running back out as a wide receiver for 111 snaps last season.