(AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have handled the absences of offensive stars all season long and lead the AFC wild-card race. The Seattle Seahawks have learned they'll have to do the same for a prolonged period as they attempt to climb into favorable position for an NFC bid.
Running back Marshawn Lynch will miss a second straight game and figures to miss three or four more, but his team is coming off one of its more impressive rushing performances heading into Sunday's home game with the Steelers - and his replacement has proven to be the far more effective option.
Lynch underwent abdominal surgery for a sports hernia Wednesday, and the time frame that places his return inside a month is considered best-case scenario. There's a chance that Lynch will miss the remainder of the regular season, in which case Seattle (5-5) will hope Thomas Rawls has much more of last week's performance in him.