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Wednesday in Hawkville: Seahawks dedicating preseason opener to ‘young guys’

Posted Aug 6, 2014

After the starters have called it an early evening against the Broncos in Denver on Thursday night, the bulk of their preseason opener will be played by the younger players who are competing for roles and roster spots.


A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 6, when the Seahawks held the 11th practice in their training camp presented by Bing:

WORD OF THE DAY: OPPORTUNITY

The initial focus in the Seahawks’ preseason opener against the Broncos in Denver on Thursday night will be on the players who participated in the teams’ Super Bowl matchup on Feb. 2. But once the starters have called it an early evening at Sports Authority Field, the coaches’ attention will turn to those battling for roles and roster spots.

“We’ve historically really leaned on our young guys and played them a lot in the preseason. And they’re going to play a lot in this game,” coach Pete Carroll said after his team’s walkthrough/practice. “The bulk of the game will be played by the young guys.

“We’ll be really excited to see them and our guys will be cheering for them.”

Carroll is matching those words with actions.

“It is that time of year of opportunity. It’s what’s going on right now,” he said. “These guys have dreamed their whole life of being in the NFL and having a chance to play. Here it is. So we’ll kind of dedicate this night tonight and the game tomorrow to these young guys playing in their first NFL game.” 

INJURY UPDATES: KEVIN NORWOOD HAS BONE SPUR REMOVED

STAT DU JOUR: ANYONE FOR 10 IN A ROW?

The Seahawks carry a nine-game preseason winning streak into Thursday night’s opener against the Broncos in Denver. It’s the longest in franchise history, by a wide margin:

Streak Preseasons
9 2011-13
5 1983-84
5 1987-88
5 2008-09
4 1990
4 1997-98

Rookie wide receiver Kevin Norwood, a fourth-round pick in May’s NFL Draft, had a bone spur removed from his foot on Tuesday and is among those players who will not participate in the preseason opener.

“It was a real nagging situation that we just didn’t want him to try and tough it out,” Carroll said. “He could tough it out. He has in the past. But we want to try and fix him and get him right. We’re glad to fix him. This guy has been playing with a lot of pain. He just sucks it up and goes through it. We figured out, hopefully, how to help him.”

Norwood could return by the end of training camp, Carroll said.

Norwood was one of 12 players who did not take part in Wednesday’s on-field session, a group that also included linebackers Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith, Korey Toomer and Kevin Pierre-Louis; defensive backs DeShawn Shead, Akeem Auguste and Eric Pinkins; defensive linemen Jordan Hill and Jimmy Staten; and wide receiver David Gilreath, who has a concussion.

ROSTER MOVE OF THE DAY: MICHAEL DOBSON SIGNED

The Seahawks have signed Michael Dobson, a free safety from East Carolina who participated in the team's rookie minicamp this spring. To clear a roster spot, cornerback Trey Wolfe was waived. Wolfe had just been signed on Tuesday.

UP NEXT: ONE SUPER PRESEASON MATCHUP

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"It's a great match up with a fantastic club to play against. We'll look forward to the great challenges. They're a very exciting team."

Coach Pete Carroll on Thursday night game

The team flew to Denver after Wednesday’s practice for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Yes, it’s a rematch of the teams that met in Super Bowl XLVIII – a game the Seahawks won 43-8 – but don’t expect the Seahawks to place any added significance on the preseason opener because of that.

“It’s not just a Denver thing,” All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor said. “It’s anybody – anybody who is on our schedule. It’s the next team up. That’s who means the most to us. Whoever we have right now, that means the most to us. And that’s how it goes from game to game this season.”

The players are off on Friday, will hold a review walkthrough on Saturday and return to the practice field on Sunday – the next-to-last of the sold-out sessions that are open to fans.