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Marshawn Lynch back with Raiders after serving one-game suspension

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Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch returned to the team Tuesday night.

And his teammates were happy to see him after he served a one-game suspension by the NFL for making contact with an official during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 19.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman says that Lynch always brings good energy around the team.

“I’ve known him for a while,” Bowman said. “He’s a great guy. What you guys probably get from him, you might not think that, but he’s a great teammate. Funny guy, keeps everybody up. We know what he brings to the game of football. We look forward to having him back this week.”

Lynch should be able to bring a boost to a Raiders offense that has struggled at times through the first eight games of the season.

The Raiders rushed for just 54 yards on 14 carries in a 34-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Sunday without Lynch, but they have also struggled to get him involved when he is available to play.

Lynch has 266 yards on 72 carries this season and hasn’t gotten more than 13 carries in any game since the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. He had just two carries for 9 yards against the Chiefs.

Coach Jack Del Rio said that he would like to see the team play a more physical and aggressive game in the second half of the season. Quarterback Derek Carr said that Lynch can provide that on the field.

“He’s a physical player, we all know that,” Carr said. “At the quarterback position, it’s hard to play physical. When you get a guy like Marshawn who does that really well, I think we’re more apt to let him do those kinds of things.

“Whatever it is, whatever we have to do as a team, I think we’re all in. I think our guys are understanding that there’s no room for mistakes now. We have to go out and we have to perform. We to go and do it in a physical manner.”

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