Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch’s early-season shenanigans had worn thin on the team who at one point during the season stated that they were “getting tired of his act” and there was next to “no chance” that he would return to the team in 2018, according to the Athletic’s Vic Tafur (subscription), and as parsed from Raiders Beat.

Between sitting down during the national anthem yielding much media hoopla, to getting hyphy on the sidelines during Week 2’s blowout of the Jets all the way to his getting ejected from the Chiefs game for what looked like coming to the defense of Kansas City’s Marcus Peters rather than his own teammates subsequently making contact with a referee – Lynch’s season has been a whirlwind of buzz.

The situation with Peters left teammates rolling their eyes, per Tafur. However, these antics occurred much earlier in the year and Lynch has not drawn attention to himself in the same fashion, choosing instead to earn headlines via a strong on-field showing over the past seven weeks.

Teammates love Lynch and there is no doubt that he can still play. Moreover, given that his behavior has been far more low key the second half of the season, it will be interesting to see what Oakland does after Sunday’s contest.