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Marshawn Lynch close to Seahawks return

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been in the San Francisco-area working on rehabilitation from his November 25 abdominal surgery for a sports hernia-related injury. If those workouts proceed as hoped, Lynch may be back in Seattle by week’s end, and possibly on the field for Sunday’s regular season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.

Lynch’s return can’t come fast enough for the Seahawks, who enter the NFL playoffs on a quest to earn their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

Lynch has missed seven full games this season, as well as parts of a few more, and he hasn’t appeared in a game since a November 15 loss at home against the Cardinals. After being unable to dress for the November 22 game against the San Francisco 49ers, Lynch opted for surgery.

At first, the Seahawks didn’t miss Lynch too much, as they reeled off five straight wins and averaged 34 points a game over that stretch. But, then Thomas Rawls, Lynch’s backup, suffered his own season-ending injury on December 13.

After a scorching stretch of high-powered offense, the Seahawks offense looked lethargic and unengaged in last Sunday’s 23-17 home loss to the St. Louis Rams. The Seahawks were held to just 60 yards running, with quarterback Russell Wilson accounting for 39 of them.

Lynch isn’t the player he has been in the past, as his injury-plagued season can attest too. But, over career playoff games, Lynch has proven to be a beast with 917 yards on 187 carries – nearly five yards per carry – and six games of 100 or more yards rushing.

The road to third consecutive Super Bowl appearance will require the Seahawks to hit the road – as a wildcard team, they won’t get a home playoff game. The old adage in football is that defense and a running game travels well. The Seahawks defense can bring the goods. The Seahawks offense now awaits word on whether Lynch will be there too.

Photo Credit:  Roger Steinman/Associated Press

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Ray Hartjen

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