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Thursday Round-Up: Russell Wilson selected by Texas Rangers in MLB Rule 5 draft

Posted Dec 12, 2013

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

The staff and patients at Seattle Children's Hospital put together a thank you video to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who visits the hospital's patients and their families every week

Good morning, 12th Man.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, December 12 - about your Seattle Seahawks.

Before you get your baseball stirrups in a bunch, know there is no immediate worry that quarterback Russell Wilson plans to leave the world of football. But he was selected by the Texas Rangers during Thursday's MLB Rule 5 draft. The story hints the Rangers hope to bring Wilson to spring training as a motivational speaker for young minor league players. Wilson played baseball in college and had a brief stint with the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Colorado Rockies' minor league system before coming to the Seahawks in 2012. I'm sure we'll hear what Wilson has to say on the topic when he addresses the media at Virginia Mason Athletic Center later today.

Dan Graziano of ESPN.com has his latest MVP Watch, dropping Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from No. 2 to No. 4 on his list after Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (No. 1), New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (No. 2), and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (No. 3) appear ahead of Wilson on Graziano's list.

Terry Blount says to expect plenty of running back Marshawn Lynch in Sunday's game against the Giants in this short video. Blount also updates on the health of wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip), who did not practice on Wednesday, and says kicker Steven Hauschka is ready for the cold conditions expected at MetLife Stadium this Sunday.

Blount and Graziano break down Sunday's matchup between the Seahawks and Giants in their "Double Coverage" back-and-forth feature for ESPN.com.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com looks at what this weekend's game against the New York Giants means to the Seahawks playoff hopes.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with Malcolm Smith, who is expected to start at weak-side linebacker on Sunday against the Giants.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald has more on the linebacker Smith, who is the next Seahawk to embody head coach Pete Carroll's "next man up" mentality.

Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times says the Giants pose a legitimate threat despite already being eliminated from the 2013 playoffs.

Curtis Crabtree of 950 Sports Radio KJR AM recaps Wednesday's roster moves, as cornerback Perrish Cox joined the team's 53-man roster in place of safety Jeron Johnson, who was moved to injured reserve with a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 14 against the 49ers.

Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com says the Giants are a great example of the up-and-down nature of the NFL, having won the Super Bowl twice and missed the playoffs four times all within the last seven years.

Adam Lewis of SportsPressNW.com highlights the play of backup cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane, who have filled in nicely for Brandon Browner (groin) and Walter Thurmond (suspension).

Andy Benoit of TheMMQB.com shares his take on who deserves to be selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl. He singles out quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch, linebacker K.J. Wright, cornerback Richard Sherman, and free safety Earl Thomas as five Seahawks who should be saying "Aloha" this season. You can cast your vote for all of the Seahawks right here.

The Sporting News picks the Seahawks over the Giants as their "Lock of the Week" for all of the week's NFL games, predicting a 30-10 victory for Seattle on Sunday.

All five writers at NFL.com's Around the League select the Seahawks to beat the Giants in their picks for Week 15.

Brian Billick of NFL.com says end-of-season momentum isn't all that important for team's entering the playoffs.

Here at Seahawks.com, I recap and pass along video from head coach Pete Carroll's Wednesday press conference.

Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth recaps all of Wednesday's events in Hawkville, puts the focus on backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, and notes a lot has changed since the last time the Seahawks played the Giants.

And linebacker K.J. Wright tweeted some good news about his Tuesday foot surgery, indicating he anticipates a return to the club for the playoff run.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto

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