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Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks vs Raiders
Good morning, 12th Man, and welcome to gameday.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today, Thursday, August 29, as your Seattle Seahawks ready for their fourth and final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders tonight at 7 from CenturyLink Field.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune brings word from head coach Pete Carroll that tight end Zach Miller (foot) and offensive guard James Carpenter (knee) will see action tonight against the Raiders. Williams also says tonight's exhibition finale is more than a dress rehearsal for the regular season, and catches up with veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield on his time in Seattle thus far.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times outlines how head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks tackled their preseason penalty woes this week. Condotta also reports that fullback Michael Robinson (illness) and wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee) will sit out tonight's game against the Raiders.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com has his report from Wednesday's practice, noting defensive linemen Brandon Mebane (groin), Tony McDaniel (groin), Jordan Hill (biceps), Cliff Avril (hamstring) and Michael Bennett (toe) will sit out the team's preseason finale. O'Neil also breaks down what to make of quarterback Russell Wilson's preseason play.
General manager John Schneider joined 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" Wednesday morning. Schneider talked about what has stood out to him this preseason, his relationship with head coach Pete Carroll, and what makes this time of year so difficult.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald passes along news from head coach Pete Carroll that defensive end Chris Clemons is making "fantastic progress" from the knee injury he suffered last season.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press previews tonight's matchup between the Seahawks and Raiders with a look at the quarterback competition in Oakland, where Terrelle Pryor is scheduled to start over the injured Matt Flynn.
Bill Swartz of 1090TheFan says wide receivers Jermaine Kearse and Bryan Walters, as well as cornerback DeShawn Shead will rotate on kick returns tonight against the Raiders. Cornerback Walter Thurmond is expected to field punts.
Nick Eaton of the SeattlePI.com shares five things to watch tonight against the Raiders.
Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR AM has a look at where the roster stands as the Seahawks ready for their final exhibition matchup.
For a look at tonight's game from the Raiders perspective, ESPN.com's Bill Williamson has his three things to watch.
Adam Lewis of SportsPressNW.com looks ahead to the difficult decisions head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider will be forced to make in the team's roster reduction from 75 to 53 players.
Looking way ahead, the staff at NFL.com takes a stab at predicting several post-2013 awards and honors. Cornerback Richard Sherman earns a couple mentions for Defensive Player of the Year and Pete Carroll earns a trio of mentions for Coach of the Year.
Wide receiver Percy Harvin and running back Marshawn Lynch show up at No. 26 and No. 27, respectively, on ESPN.com's 2013 Offensive NFL Player Rankings. Free safety Earl Thomas appeared at No. 17 on the site's 2013 Defensive NFL Player Rankings. Players ranked No. 10 - No. 1 have yet to be unveiled.
Chris Burke of SI.com ranks the Seahawks running back group as the fourth-best in the NFL behind the Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, and Baltimore Ravens.
For the latest news and gameday information check out our Seahawks vs Raiders gameday page. Tonight's game kicks off at 7 PT from CenturyLink Field with television coverage on Q13 FOX where Curt Menefee (play-by-play) and Brock Huard (commentary) will have the call. You can find radio coverage on 710 AM ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM with Steve Raible (play-by-play), Warren Moon (commentary) and Jackie Montgomery (sidelines).
If you have trouble finding our game outside the Seattle area, check out Preseason Live where you can watch preseason games live on your computer or tablet device.