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Taking issue with Marshawn Lynch’s OTA absence

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The start of organized team activities on Monday included some unwanted storylines for the Seahawks.

Marshawn Lynch

Bruce Irvin was practicing three days after becoming the fifth Seahawk since 2011 to be suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. So was the since-released Josh Portis, whose recent arrest on suspicion of DUI had come to light earlier that day.

Not practicing was Cliff Avril, who was forced to watch from the sideline because of a plantar-fascia foot injury.

And not present was Marshawn Lynch, the only non-injured player on Seattle’s roster who was a no-show at the voluntary OTA.

“We miss him. We’d like him to be here,” coach Pete Carroll said. “This is a lot of fun. There’s a lot of good stuff happening here.”

Lynch also skipped the start of the Seahawks’ offseason program in mid-April. Carroll said his absence from Monday’s OTA wasn’t injury-related.

“He’s in very good shape. He came in 10 days ago and was in really good shape,” Carroll said. “He’s working on a really intense program in his area and he’s benefiting from it. We’d love to see everybody here.”

So would Brock Huard. In the video below, he explains why he has a problem with Lynch’s absence.

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