The Seahawks just finished a walk-through practice without pads or helmets that lasted less than an hour — standard fare for a team that is boarding buses to Sea-Tac Airport within the hour for its flight to Denver for Thursday night’s preseason opener.
Coach Pete Carroll played coy when asked how long his starters will play in the psuedo-Super Bowl rematch with the Broncos.
“The starters will be out there for a while, but the bulk of the game will be played by the young guys,” Carroll said.
One starter you almost certainly won’t see in anything but his signature, preseason-game outfit of hoodie pulled up over his head: Marshawn Lynch. The star running back rarely plays in exhibition games, anyway, and this time he is only a week into practicing following a short contract holdout from training camp.
“He’s coming along,” Carroll said, before adding, “he needs a lot of work to get back.”
Here’s video at what else Carroll said, including his proclamation that “it’s time to turn that page” away from winning the Super Bowl six months ago:
Other quick notes:
–Carroll says guard James Carpenter, who recently missed a few days with a calf injury, will be in uniform in Denver. But the coach wasn’t sure if the starter will be able to play. As usual, Carroll said the Seahawks will be conservative on bringing banged up players back for these four preseason games
–Speedy Paul Richardson, the rookie second-round pick who returned to practice Monday from a shoulder injury, will play. Richardson starred at the University of Colorado in Boulder, about 45 minutes north of Denver.
–Fellow rookie wide receiver Kevin Norwood will not play — for a while. The fourth-round pick out of Alabama had a bone spur surgically removed from his foot on Tuesday, Carroll said. The coach says Norwood could be back to practice before the end of the preseason. That injury creates opportunities for free agents such as CFL veteran Chris Matthews and former Washington Husky Kevin Smith, as well as a chance for Phil Bates to seize a higher standing the crowded wide-receiver pecking order.
–Carroll would like to get all four of his quarterbacks game time against the Broncos, but B.J. Daniels may not appear. The waiver acquisition last year from the 49ers “tweaked his groin,” in the coach’s words. That’s more game time for Terrelle Pryor and Tavaris Jackson to battle it out for the primary backup job behind Russell Wilson. An educated (if I may be so bold to call it “educated”) guess is that Pryor and Jackson, not necessarily in that order, split the final three quarters Thursday.
–Rookie fourth-round pick Kevin Pierre-Louis won’t play at outside linebacker because of an oblique strain. Seattle already had Bruce Irvin, Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith and Korey Toomer at that position, so rookie free agent Horace Miller will likely play a lot
–Free-agent wide receiver David Gilreath hasn’t practiced recently. Carroll said Gilreath has a concussion.
–From the Gee, Thanks Department: The team cut cornerback Trey Wolfe, one day after the Seahawks signed him out of Division II — and then had him line up opposite Percy Harvin and other veterans in practice. The free agent (predictably) allowed numerous catches. The team signed Michael Dobson, a 6-foot, 191-pound defensive back out of East Carolina, to take the open roster spot. Dobson got some extra tutoring from coaches for a few minutes on the field following today’s practice