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Friday Round-Up: What to know ahead of tonight's preseason game vs San Diego Chargers

Posted Aug 15, 2014

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

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, August 15 - about your Seattle Seahawks as they ready for their 2014 preseason home opener against the San Diego Chargers:

Where To Watch, Listen, And Follow

Tonight's game between the Seahawks and Chargers will air locally on Q13 FOX (channel 13 in Seattle) at 7 p.m. PT with limited interruption during the first quarter, where play-by-play announcer Curt Menefee and former Seahawks quarterback Brock Huard have the call. Pregame coverage starts at 6 p.m. PT with Sports Director Aaron Levine.

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

If you're located out-of-market, you can catch tonight's game on your computer or tablet device using Preseason Live.

And of course, you could always venture out to CenturyLink Field, where as of this writing a limited number of tickets were still available.

Injury Update

- Rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh, who left Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, was back in action on Thursday. Carroll said an MRI of the knee revealed a minor sprain and that Marsh has a chance to play tonight against the Chargers.

- Left tackle Russell Okung (offseason toe surgery), left guard James Carpenter (calf), and center Max Unger (groin) all returned to practice this week, but Carroll said the trio would be game-time decisions against San Diego.

- Linebackers Bobby Wagner (hamstring) and Malcolm Smith (offseason ankle surgery) will sit tonight against the Chargers, and linebackers Bruce Irvin (offseason hip surgery) and Korey Toomer (hamstring) remain on the preseason physically unable to perform list. Carroll said he's hopeful Wagner, Smith, and Toomer will return to practice next week.

- Rookie wide receiver Kevin Norwood, who had bone spurs removed from his foot last week, continues his recovery and will not see action tonight. Carroll said "if we were lucky," Norwood could return in three or four weeks from the time of the surgery.

Tweet of the Day 

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who invites fans to bring cash donations to today's game to help those who have been affected by the recent Washington wildfires, as well as those affected by March's mudslide near Oso.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, Clare Farnsworth profiles the play of rookie offensive lineman Justin Britt, gauging his competition at right tackle with veteran Eric Winston.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says pass protection tops the list of things the Seahawks are looking to clean up tonight against the Chargers.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times details six things to watch tonight against San Diego, calling for improved play from cornerback Tharold Simon and the second-unit defense.

With the Seahawks set to face three of their preseason foes (Denver Broncos, Chargers, and Oakland Raiders) again in the regular season, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune tells us how the team is approaching the unusual exhibition schedule.

Tim Booth of the Associated Press previews rookie linebacker Brock Coyle's home debut.

Terry Blount of ESPN.com highlights three things to watch tonight, one of them being how the CenturyLink Field crowd reacts to seeing their team on their home turf for the first time since January's NFC Championship.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com says to keep an eye on running back Christine Michael's forward progress tonight.

And 710Sports.com talks with cornerback Byron Maxwell about becoming a full-time starter.

Non-Gameday Notes

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times comments on how winning has become contagious within the Seattle sports scene.

Greg A. Bedard of TheMMQB.com visits how the Seahawks defense remains effective with changes to the way the game is being called.

Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com tells us what to expect out of the Seahawks offense and defense this season, predicting 11 or 12 wins for the team in 2014.

And MensFitness.com shares an inside look at how the Seahawks train off the field.

NFC West 'D' In A League Of Its Own

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks, a former scout for the Seahawks, ranks the League's eight divisions by best defense, and the NFC West comes out on top.

On the Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, and St. Louis Rams, Brooks says: "Yup, no surprise in the No. 1 spot. The NFC West is as old-school as it comes -- each team in the division features a championship-caliber defense. The Seattle Seahawks just rode their stifling unit to the title while changing the way the game is played on the perimeter. Utilizing an aggressive, hug-and-mug cover scheme, the "Legion of Boom" smothered opposing aerial attacks, yielding just 172 passing yards per game. The 'Hawks allowed an NFL-low 14.4 points per game during the regular season -- and they performed even better in the playoffs, giving up a total of 40 points (13.3 per game) to theSaints, 49ers and Broncos.

Although the defending champs are well positioned to field the league's top defense once again, they will have to play at an elite level to stave off the units from San Francisco, Arizona and St. Louis. The Cardinals and Rams, in particular, have upgraded their stellar lineups with athletic defenders capable of making significant contributions as disruptive playmakers. (Of course, Arizona will dearly miss Daryl Washington.) Factor in the arrival of coordinator Gregg Williams (and his ultra-aggressive tactics) to St. Louis, and the NFC West is unquestionably the top defensive division in football."

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

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