Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had returned to practice after midseason surgery sidelined him in November. (Tannen Maury/European Pressphoto Agency)

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Lynch practiced this week for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery on November 25. He reportedly hopes to participate in the divisional round if the Seahawks advance past Minnesota this weekend.

“We just want to see how he’s taking to the week’s work and all of that,” Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said Friday. “He looked good during the week and did some really good stuff, but we’ll just use all of the time that we have available. I have not said yet that he’s playing, I know that’s been out there, but I don’t know until we finish the week. He’s looked really good, and we’re hoping so. Very optimistic about [it].”

It had appeared that Lynch might play leading up to the team’s trip to Minnesota. But according to ProFootballTalk, Lynch said he did not believe he was ready to play shortly before the team’s flight.

The nine-year veteran ran for just 417 yards and three touchdowns in seven games during the regular season.

Seattle (10-6) has actually played its best football of the season without Lynch, closing the season 6-1 and going 7-2 overall without “Beast Mode.” Seattle concluded its regular season with a 36-6 rout of the Arizona Cardinals in which Christine Michael rushing for 102 yards on 17 carries — both career highs. He is likely to start Sunday.

Sunday’s game-time conditions aren’t expected to be favorable for players coming back from injuries, or anyone really, with temperature at kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium is expected to be -1 degree Fahrenheit, according to