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Marshawn Lynch makes an appearance at Seahawks practice

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After being referred to as still “at-large” earlier this week by Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, Marshawn Lynch made an appearance at the team’s facilities Wednesday and watched practice from a hallway near the field.

Lynch reportedly hasn’t had much contact with the team since undergoing abdominal surgery in Philadelphia on Nov. 25, so his return to the team is probably a welcome sign for the Seahawks.

Carroll again addressed Lynch’s status before Wednesday’s practice.

“He’s rehabbing,” he said, via The Seattle Times. “And when he’s ready to start working with us we’ll get him going. Not quite yet. But he’s made improvement. He’s feeling okay about it. So we’ll see what happens.”

The head coach’s comments reinforce what he said on Monday about the timetable related to Lynch’s ultimate return to the team — originally expected to be between three and four weeks — as “way off.”

The Seahawks obviously haven’t suffered much due to Lynch’s absence, winning three straight games. In fact, it could be argued that the offense has been even more dangerous of late and Thomas Rawls has done a phenomenal job filling in for Lynch, rushing for 391 yards on 70 carries in the three games Lynch has missed.

But that’s not to say that Lynch’s return wouldn’t bolster an already-formidable rushing attack. The Seahawks undoubtedly will be able to figure out a way to get Lynch some carries once he returns, making the offense that much more potent. And given the uncertain timetable of when Lynch will make it back on the field, it appears it may not come until the end of the regular season at the earliest or possibly even into the playoffs. That means the team feasibly could get a fresh and hungry Lynch for a potentially deep postseason run.