Friday Round-Up: What to know ahead of tonight's preseason game against the Chicago Bears

Posted Aug 22, 2014

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Here's a look at what to know for today - Friday, August 22 - about your Seattle Seahawks (1-1 preseason), as they ready for tonight's exhibition contest against the Chicago Bears (2-0 preseason).

Where To Watch, Listen & Follow

Tonight's game between the Seahawks and Bears will air locally on Q13 FOX (channel 13 in Seattle) at 7 p.m. PT with Curt Menefee (play-by-play) and former University of Washington and Seahawks quarterback Brock Huard (commentary) on the call. Pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Q13 FOX Sports Director Aaron Levine.

On the radio, you can find tonight's game on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM with former Seahawks wide receiver Steve Raible (play-by-play), Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon (commentary), and Jen Mueller (sidelines) in your ear.

On top of NFL Network's national coverage (mentioned in the tweet embedded above), you can watch tonight's broadcast live online using Preseason Live. And for full 2014 preseason broadcast information, click here.

Marshawn Lynch Will Touch The Ball

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said running back Marshawn Lynch, the team's leading rusher the past four seasons, is slated to receive his first carries of the preseason tonight against the Bears.

"It’s time for him to get some carries and get involved a little bit," Carroll said of Lynch, who was on the field for two snaps but didn't receive a touch last week against the San Diego Chargers. "Really, I could not be more pleased with the conditioning level that he’s had – the consistency of practice and his preparation has been great, so he’ll be ready to go and I know he’s looking forward to that, too."

Earl Thomas Will Return Punts First

Coach Carroll said All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas will again be the first-man-up to return punts tonight against the Bears.

"He's practiced really hard at it," said Carroll. "A bunch of guys have. We’re ready to do whatever we need to do. He’ll get out there first again in this game and hopefully he’ll get a couple shots."

Wide receiver Bryan Walters received reps at punt returner after Thomas last week against the Chargers, but the former Juanita High School Rebel Walters has been ruled out tonight to rest sore ribs. Fellow wideout Doug Baldwin and cornerback Richard Sherman have also been mentioned as top candidates in the punt return competition.

Injury Update

    • Super Bowl XLVIII MVP linebacker Malcolm Smith, who started practicing for the first time this week since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, might be able to play, Carroll said.

    • Linebacker Korey Toomer (hamstring), who came off the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list this week, will play.

    • The aforementioned Walters (ribs), who had two punt returns for 33 yards a week ago against the Chargers, will sit out.

    • Carroll is hoping to have Bobby Wagner (hamstring) and Bruce Irvin (offseason hip surgery) back at practice next week.

    • Defensive tackle Jimmy Staten (hamstring) and wide receiver Kevin Norwood (foot) are progressing well and could come back to practice next week.

    • Linebacker Horace Miller (knee sprain) is on crutches and expected to be out "a while," according to Carroll.

Justin Britt "Making Great Strides To Be A Legitimate Starter"

Rookie offensive lineman Justin Britt appears to be emerging as the favorite in the competition to lock down the starting job at right tackle.

"He’s making great strides to be a legitimate starter," Carroll said after Thursday's walk-through practice. "I’ve said before, it’s all in his makeup that really kind of substantiates that he’s able to do this and handle this, so it’s gone great so far."

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who shares a video of himself completing the ALS #IceBucketChallenge in Africa, after Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Portland Trailblazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge extended the dare.

Five Things Peter King Thinks He Thinks About The Seahawks

Peter King of paid a visit to Seahawks training camp recently and shares a video of five things he thinks he thinks about the Seahawks' 2014 season. Check it out in the video embedded above.

More From Around The Web

Here at, Clare Farnsworth says Seahawks starters should receive their longest stint of the preseason tonight against the Bears. Farnsworth also details quarterback Russell Wilson's approach to tonight's game and highlights Chase Palmer's Make-A-Wish Thursday visit to Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR AM takes his initial shot at projecting the Seahawks' 53-man roster. The team must trim their current 90-man squad down to 75 players on Aug. 26 and move to 53 players on Aug. 30. On Aug. 31, teams will be allowed to assemble a 10-player practice squad.

Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks' offensive line is striving for continuity tonight against the Bears.

Danny O'Neil of discusses the Seahawks' depth at tight end behind incumbent starter Zach Miller and backup Luke Willson.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald notes five things to watch tonight against the Bears.

Brett Cihon of Q13 FOX provides five things to keep an eye on tonight versus Chicago.

And not to be outdone, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times shares six things to watch tonight at CenturyLink Field.

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

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