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With Marshawn Lynch absent, Christine Michael flashes

Absent for the beginning of his team's organized team activities (OTAs), Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch re-joined the team last week.

However, the bruising running back was absent for today’s morning workout open to reporters.

Pete Carroll is not scheduled to talk until Thursday, so no reason was given for Lynch’s absence.

However, with Lynch out, second-round draft choice Christine Michael took advantage of the extra reps. The Texas A&M product had been nursing a hamstring injury, and did not workout during the OTA session open to reporters last week.

But Michael looked quick and explosive during individual and teams drills this morning.

Also, after a ragged practice last week, rookie tight end Luke Willson looked much more comfortable catching the ball this morning, making several nice catches in traffic during team drills.

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane came up with a rare interception on a pass deflection by Kam Chancellor on a pass intended for Doug Baldwin.

But Richard Sherman had the play of the day, striding out to snare a ball intended for Golden Tate on a go route thrown by Russell Wilson.

Sherman snagged the ball and headed the other way for a score.

Some tidbits

* Along with Lynch, offensive tackle Breno Giacomini, cornerback Antoine Winfield and defensive end Chris Clemons were not present for the morning workout. Rookie Michael Bowie worked with the first unit at right tackle with Giacomini out.

* Offensive lineman John Moffitt returned to practice after missing last week’s OTA open to reporters to deal with an ongoing legal issue.

* Players who did not practice due to injury include defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (knee), defensive end Cliff Avril (foot), cornerback Tharold Simon (foot), offensive lineman James Carpenter (knee), Stephen Williams (ankle), receiver Brett Swain (unknown), receiver Charly Martin (unknown), tight end Cooper Helfet (unknown) and safety Winston Guy (unknown).

* Former reserve quarterback Josh Portis, released by the Seahawks last week, re-signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL over the weekend.