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An injury update on the Seattle Seahawks, in case you like to know those kinds of things.
The Seattle Seahawks capped off an impressive preseason with a 21-3 win over the Oakland Raiders Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams. With the win, the Seahawks finished the preseason with a perfect 4-0 record.
The Seahawks dominated the Raiders in nearly every facet of the game. Seattle bested Oakland in time of possession, 39 to 20 minutes, turnovers, two to zero, first downs, 24 to five, and total offense, 334 to 101 yards. Perhaps more impressive than anything, though, was the play of the Seahawks defense against the Raiders and throughout all of the preseason for that matter.
SB Nation's Seattle Seahawks blog, Field Gulls, dissected the team's defense after Thursday's win.
"The defense was swarming, physical, athletic, and tough. They were stingy in every aspect ... The Seahawks' 'starting' unit gave up 17 points in four outings during the preseason, 10 to Peyton Manning and Denver, 7 to Kansas City, and goose-eggs to Tennessee and Oakland (though, the 'starters' didn't play all that long tonight). No matter how you look at it though, this defense is a positive."
For more analysis and all things Seahawks, make sure to check out Field Gulls.
Seattle Seahawks fans will have the weekend and all of next week to bask in the glow of an undefeated preseason, after the Seahawks dominated the Oakland Raiders 21-3 in the preseason finale for both teams Thursday night at CenturyLink Field.
The Seahawks finished 4-0, and were actually seconds away from a shutout. The last preseason game in the NFL is usually as meaningless as any can be for key players, but backup quarterback Matt Flynn gave reason for Seahawks fans to have faith in him if starter Russell Wilson falters with an 11-for-13, 102-yard, one-touchdown performance.
Taua also led the Seahawks with five catches.
For all things Seahawks, check out Field Gulls.
The last time the Seattle Seahawks went 4-0 in the preseason, Jim Mora was the head coach and the team went on to a 5-11 regular season. That was 2009.
This summer, the Seahawks are staring at an undefeated preseason with wins in their first three games and now a 13-0 lead at halftime over the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle is dominating the game, with 13 first downs compared to three for Oakland as of early in the third quarter, and a total yards advantage of 214 to 46. The Raider punted five times in the first half.
The Seattle Seahawks face the Oakland Raiders in their final game of the 2012 NFL preseason, and as is typical for a preseason game a number of players are not expected to play. Star running back Marshawn Lynch is one of the players who will sit out as he continues to nurse a back injury.
The other inactives for the final preseason game are:
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The NFL Players Association and the NFL have completed a pair of rule changes for the upcoming season on Thursday by modifying the usage of players on the injured reserve list, while extending the trade deadline during the season as well.
Before this new rule change, a player placed on IR before the season started was ineligible to return to the team for the remainder of the year. Now players can be placed on IR by Sept. 4 and still return at some point during the season if the injury allows. Like before, any player placed on IR later than that date can return that season as well.
As for the trade deadline, it has simply been pushed back by two weeks to Week 8 of the season instead of of its previous spot during Week 6. This gives teams extra flexibility and time to make a trade for a potential playoff push.
We have more injury updates along with what's happened to Marshawn Lynch. Clare Farnsworth of the Seahawks Blog filed this report full of updates.
Seahawks offensive guard John Moffitt has been out two weeks after he needed to remove particles from his left elbow, and he worked with the second unit today while J.R. Sweezy continues to get the first-team reps. Expect Moffitt to move back up to the starting unit once he's fully healthy.
There are plenty of other players that are still having trouble with injuries. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin continues to nurse a hamstring issue that has kept him out of all four preseason games. Defensive linemen Jason Jones is resting a knee that underwent surgery back in January; he's only played one exhibition contest.
Other players out due to injury include Greg Scruggs (hamstring), linebacker Matt McCoy (knee), defensive backs Chris Maragos (shoulder) and Walter Thurmond (leg) and guard James Carpenter (knee).
The Seattle Seahawks seem fairly happy with Russell Wilson as their quarterback and are ready to follow his lead when he takes the first snaps of the season. Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune filed this report that contains quotes from numerous Seahawks players happy with the decision.
Wilson's roommate Robert Turbin talks about how hard his fellow rookie works, which is why he isn't surprised he ended up winning the job.
"He puts in a lot of hard work, man," Turbin said. "And he deserved to be the starter. He earned it. And I told him that I got his back for a whole career."
Seahawks center Max Unger has been around a few years, so he knew from observing the competition first-hand that the contest was very close.
"It was close, man," Unger said. "It could have gone either way. We don’t really know what’s going on with all the passing stuff that the quarterbacks do. But the coaches made the call, and we’re happy with the coaches’ decision
Wilson has played in three preseason contests, completing 67.3 percent of his 52 passes for 464 yards overall, and averaging 8.9 yards per pass attempt. Wilson has thrown for five touchdowns and just one interception, and also rushed 10 times for 150 yards and a touchdown. He's also been effective at moving the football, putting points on the board on 12 of 19 drives during preseason play, including eight touchdowns.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did not practice again, but Eric Williams of the News Tribune did report that he was on the field. Lynch is recovering from back issues and was said to be rehabbing inside team headquarters on Monday.
Last season, Lynch started 15 games. He had no real injury problems, save a back issue that forced him to sit out one contest. Lynch averaged 4.2 rushing yards per en route to rushing for 1,204 yards on the season. Lynch also rushed for a dozen touchdowns, as he set new personal-bests in rushing yards for a season and rushing touchdowns in a season. Lynch is in the first year of a four-year, $31 million contract and is set to earn $4 million this year.
There appeared to be no other new injury developments at Seahawks camp.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been named the starter, but he doesn't seem too surprised about it. Wilson was on The Dan Patrick Show and appeared to be totally confident as to why he was the new starter for the team.
Wilson talked about important it was to have a good work ethic, one that helped him win the starting position:
How surprised are you that you're the starting quarterback?:
"I'm not surprised at all. I think, more than anything, it's my work ethic that has prepared me. I've done everything that I can to be the best that I can possibly be. ... Going against our defense every day, we have a spectacular defense, so going against them every day really prepares me for games."
Wilson also reflected on the confidence it requires to win the position in the first place:
At any point that he's telling you that stuff, did you think it would end with Flynn as the starter, but him telling you you'd get your chance at some point?:
"No. I just had a confidence. I always have confidence in myself. I wasn't necessarily worried about it either way. I knew at some point I'd get the chance to play. I knew that I was ready to start; I knew that I was ready to help lead this football team. I have full confidence in myself."
Apparently Pete Carroll let Wilson know he'd won the starting job while Carroll was dribbling his basketball. Makes you wonder if dribbling a basketball is Carroll's go-to coaching move when making important decisions.
Wilson was drafted in the third round with the 75th overall pick by the Seahawks, and signed a four-year, $2.99 million contract with the team. Wilson beat out Matt Flynn for the job after some stellar preseason performances. Flynn had signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract in the offseason.
For more on the Seahawks, head to Field Gulls.
Russell Wilson is at the top of the depth chart for Seattle. A look at his college tape shows some impressive attributes.
Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn was forced to miss last week's preseason game with an elbow injury, but he returned to practice Tuesday and will likely play in Seattle's final preseason game on Thursday.
Flynn missed the Seahawks' third preseason game with an inflamed muscle in his right elbow. The injury occurred last week and prevented Flynn from throwing in practice. Flynn was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, his first full practice since head coach Pete Carroll announced Russell Wilson as the starting quarterback for the season opener.
Flynn and Wilson battled for the starting job throughout training camp with the rookie Wilson pulling away as of late. Flynn will now be relegated to backup duty. The fact Flynn missed last week's game due to injury did not help his cause as Carroll said, "the games did kind of decided the issue."
The Seahawks will host the Raiders on Thursday night with both Wilson and Flynn expected to see time.
Russell Wilson, who came into Seattle Seahawks training camp as possibly the third-string quarterback behind Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson, will be the starter in Week 1 for head coach Pete Carroll. It's an improbable story for the 5'11 QB that has received national attention, including from National Football Post's Alan Grant.
In real life, Russell Wilson is what North Carolina State coach Tom O’Brien calls "exceptional."
That’s high praise from a guy who seems committed to overstated stoicism. But O’Brien is correct in this assertion. Wilson is also quite greedy.
Had he given up baseball his senior season at N.C. State, Wilson would have finished his final year as a four year starter—a rarity for any division one quarterback.
But Wilson doesn’t seem the type to give things up. He consumes. He turns a double into a triple, a broken play into a touchdown, and an opportunity to transfer to another school into a spectacular legacy. It’s an oft quoted line from that fictional character, Gordon Gekko, but it applies to Russell Wilson’s real life: "Greed is good."
The Seahawks are hoping that greed turns into production for Wilson in his rookie season.
King added that the pick could improve to a sixth rounder if Jackson is active for six games this year and the Seahawks couldn't get more because the league knew what position the Seahawks were in. Jackson made too much money to be a third-string quarterback so they had to get rid of his $4 million salary somehow.
The trade will have a profound effect on both teams. The Seahawks have already named rookie quarterback Russell Wilson as their starter after his splendid preseason play outshined free agent signee Matt Flynn. The Bills, on the other hand, slide Jackson into the backup quarterback position behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, which could lead to the release of Vince Young.
While the big news up in Seattle is that rookie Russell Wilson won the starting quarterback competition, the Seahawks do have some players they'd like to get back on the field as soon as possible. One is running back Marshawn Lynch, who is dealing with a back problem and was held out of Friday's win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
An arm injury -- a muscle inflammation, the Seattle Times reports -- kept Matt Flynn, the guy the Seahawks brought in to be the starting quarterback in the offseason, from making his case for the job over Wilson Friday. It's a tough break for Flynn, who is expected to be able to play when the regular season starts.
Other players dealing with injuries: CB Walter Thurmond (leg), LB Allen Bradford (hip), LB Matt McCoy (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring), G John Moffitt (elbow), OL James Carpenter (knee), WR Doug Baldwin (hamstring) and DL Jason Jones (knee). Thurmond and Carpenter are on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list.
For more Seahawks news, head on over to Field Gulls.
The Seattle Seahawks have announced that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will start both the preseason finale on Thursday against the Raiders and the regular season opener against the Arizona Cardinals. He is scheduled to make his home debut at CenturyLink Field in week two against the Dallas Cowboys.
Many figured Matt Flynn would be the starter after signing a large contract with the team a few months ago, but Wilson has simply outplayed him in training camp. He is one of four other rookie quarterbacks projected to start this season.
Wilson was very impressive in his first preseason start over the weekend, throwing for 185 yards and rushing for 58 more on just two carries. He completed 13 of his 19 passing attempts, connecting for two touchdown strikes.
As for Flynn, the coaching staff will make sure he continues working hard in case Wilson cannot make it as a starter in the early going.