9:51 pm: Both Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports and Pro Football Talk contradicted the report that Jackson crashed while drag racing, as the initial TMZ report stated. La Canfora’s sources say there was no drag racing, and Jackson just lost control of his car (via Twitter). He adds that Lynch only arrived after seeing Jackson’s car on the side of the road (via Twitter). PFT also has a source that claims there was no drag racing (via Twitter).
8:00 pm: The Seahawks’ top two running backs were involved in a car accident Tuesday night, as Fred Jackson crashed his vehicle into a large planter box and then a stop sign, according to a report from TMZ.
According to the report, Jackson crashed while drag racing against teammate Marshawn Lynch. The tweet from TMZ reported that Jackson was injured in the crash, but Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 hears that Jackson is fine (via Twitter). Lynch is reportedly fine, and drove off on his own, while Jackson was taken back to the team facilities.
The Seahawks had already been thin at running back, with both Lynch and Jackson dealing with injuries this season. It seems that not having been involved in the accident, Lynch’s injury status hasn’t been affected, but further injury to Jackson could diminish an already hampered depth chart.
Additionally, if the league or team decides to take action in terms of suspension, that could also hurt the Seahawks going forward. It is unlikely that the league takes any action based on the initial reports, as they have been hesitant to suspend players before all the evidence is in–as in the cases of Aldon Smith and Sheldon Richardson–since losing in court to Tom Brady this offseason.