Marshawn Lynch is paying the price for keeping his lips zipped.
The NFL fined Lynch this week only after it found out he had violated the league's media policy, per Rapoport. ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the news of the fine.
Lynch kept quiet until Friday, when he sat down with reporters for a brief conversation about his 1,257-yard, 12-touchdown campaign, which helped the Seahawks earn the top seed in the NFC. ESPN.com's Terry Blount clocked Lynch's Q&A at 1 minute, 23 seconds, a chat scattered with clipped responses.
One reporter asked: How has the season gone?
"Gone pretty well," Lynch said.
How do you feel about Seattle's chances?
"I feel good. I like our chances."
Think you'll have a big game next weekend?
"I just hope to win, boss."
Nobody promised poetry, but -- thanks to a league-mandated slap on the wrist -- Lynch's silent streak is over.