A day after Pete Carroll announced Russell Wilson will be his starting quarterback, the rookie signal caller addressed reporters today after practice.
Wilson, of course, was excited when Carroll told him that he would be the team’s starter for the season opener.
So how did Wilson celebrate? By taking his wife out to dinner and later watching a couple episodes of his favorite show – Entourage.
Doug Flutie would like this – Wilson said he’s playing for all of those quarterbacks who have been told they are too short to play the position.
“Me being a shorter quarterback, I believe I’m playing for a lot of other kids in the future, to be honest with you,” Wilson said. “And that’s part of my motivation.”
Reserve quarterback Matt Flynn threw the ball and worked out for about half of the practice today, but shutting it down and icing his elbow.
“He was very disappointed,” Carroll said, when asked how Flynn took the new. “Matt’s a great competitor. He came in here to win this job. And he’s not done. He’s going after it, and he’ll continue to battle for it.
“But he was disappointed, and I would expect him to be.”
Carroll said he’s hopeful that Flynn can get up to full speed tomorrow, and play against Oakland on Thursday. Third string quarterback Josh Portis will play as well.
Wilson will start the game against the Raiders.
Lynch still out
Running back Marshawn Lynch’s back issue could be more of a concern than anticipated for the Seahawks. Lynch did not attend practice today in order to receive treatment for back spasms that have been an ongoing for the Cal product since he arrived in Seattle.
Lynch played at Denver two weeks ago, but did not play last week against Kansas City.
Carroll said Lynch will not play against Oakland on Thursday, as the trainers attempt to get him ready for Arizona.
“We’ll have rested him a couple of weeks to make sure that he’s okay,” Carroll said. “So we’re taking care of it with this one. He’s had back conditions in the past, so we’re just making sure we’re doing the right thing and taking all the time that is available.
* The Seahawks announced the Tarvaris Jackson trade to Buffalo has been finalized. Seattle also released cornerback Coye Francies to get down to 75 players today.
* Offensive lineman John Moffitt returned to practice today and worked with the second unit. Carroll said if everything goes well, Moffitt will play on Thursday against Oakland, but it looks like he’ll have to battle rookie J.R. Sweezy for his starting right guard job.
* Safety Kam Chancellor had a sore hip that he rested against Kansas City. But Chancellor was back out at practice today.
* Sidney Rice looks like he’s returning back to form. Rice made a pretty, diving catch on an in route, bringing in the ball on his finger tips.
* Ben Obomanu (neck) returned to practice and made several nice plays in the passing game. This is usually the week that Obomanu lets people know that he’s still one of the steadiest performers on the team.
* Players who did not practice include defensive end Jason Jones (knee), defensive tackle Greg Scruggs (hamstring), linebacker Matt McCoy (knee), receiver Doug Baldwin (hamstring) and safety Chris Maragos (shoulder). Cornerback Walter Thurmond (leg) and offensive lineman James Carpenter (knee) remain on the PUP list.