Seahawks Vs. Cardinals: Seattle Loses 20-16, Russell Wilson's Final Drive Comes Up Short

The Seahawks kicked off the 2012 NFL Regular Season this afternoon with a 20-16 loss to the Cardinals. Here's our breakdown of the game with injury reports, previews, TV & radio information, fantasy implications, and more.

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Russell Okung Injury: Major Knee Injury Avoided, According To Report

Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung has reportedly dodged a bullet with the knee injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals, according Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

La Canfora is reporting that Okung's ailment is merely a bone bruise with no ligament damage, which should be music to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's ears. While injuries of this nature can be quite painful, it appears likely that Okung will be ready to protect to rookie signal caller's blindside from DeMarcus Ware next weekend against the Dallas Cowboys at home.

Okung went down on Seattle's final drive of the game against Arizona and didn't return after limping off the field.

Frank Omiyale is expected to start for the Seahawks if Okung is somehow unable to go, as the eight-year journeyman is listed as the primary backup for both tackle positions.

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Seahawks Injury Update: Russell Okung Hurt Again

The Seattle Seahawks offensive line might have suffered a significant loss when tackle Russell Okung went down late in the game. Okung suffered a leg injury and limped off the field.

The Okung injury was originally believed to be an ankle issue, but has now apparently become a knee problem, according to Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times. Head coach Pete Carroll remains mum on the severity of the injury but there should be an update Monday from team headquarters in Renton, Wash.

This is Okung's third significant injury in his short career. Okung had ankle injuries in 2010, then tore his pectoral muscle near the end of the 2011 season and was placed on injured reserve. Okung's backup at offensive tackle is Frank Omiyale, as he's listed as the primary backup at tackle on either side of the line. Omiyale was signed by the Seahawks this offseason after being released by the Chicago Bears.

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Seahawks Vs. Cardinals: Pete Carroll Announces Braylon Edward Will Start Week One

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced Friday afternoon that Braylon Edwards will start at wide receiver Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, according to ESPN's Liz Matthews.

Carroll called Edwards' play "a great surprise for us" after the 29-year-old receiver hauled in three catches for 83 yards and one touchdown this preseason.

Edwards is replacing Golden Tate in the starting lineup with Tate's knee causing him to miss at least one game. If Edwards shows some early chemistry with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson though, the job could be his to keep as the Seahawks are sorely lacking a vertical threat.

Edwards is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career after he only caught 15 passes for 181 yards in nine games with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers eventually released the up-and-down wide receiver after he re-injured his knee and required a second surgery.

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Seahawks Injury Report: Marshawn Lynch, Golden Tate Out Of Practice

The Seattle Seahawks are just days away from their season-opening game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and two of their most important offensive stars have not been at practice.

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle's feature back, has been struggling with back spasms for most of the preseason. His status is not clear for Week 1, and Robert Turbin may be asked to bear Lynch's heavy workload. Lynch carried the ball 285 times while rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011, his best season as a pro.

The Seahawks are certain to be without one of their top playmakers on the outside, as Golden Tate has not been practicing after suffering a right knee injury in the final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Tate is expected to miss two weeks.

It's not all bad news this week on the injury front, as last year's first-round pick, guard James Carpenter, has returned to practice after missing 10 months with an ACL injury. Carpenter started the first nine games as a rookie in 2011 before suffering the severe setback.

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Golden Tate Injury: Seahawks Receiver Out 'At Least 2 Weeks,' Per Report

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, who suffered an injury to his right knee in the final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, will not be ready in time for the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Danny O'Neil from the Seattle Times reported Tate was not practicing Monday and has a time table for the playmaker's return:

Tate's status is uncertain, though. Coach Pete Carroll did not answer questions after practice, and NFL teams do not release injury reports until Wednesday when playing on Sunday.

However, a source indicated Friday that Tate likely would be out at least two weeks with the knee injury. Expect Braylon Edwards to get more opportunities were Tate unavailable.

Tate, a third-year player out of Notre Dame, had 35 receptions for 382 yards and three touchdowns in 2011.

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NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks 24th In Latest List

The Seattle Seahawks are ranked 24th in the latest NFL Power Rankings from SB Nation's Joel Thorman. The Seahawks had previously been 22nd in the last edition, which came after the NFL Draft.

Thorman, like most of the NFL world, has praise for Seattle's new starting quarterback:

24. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 22): Russell Wilson is dynamic. I did not expect that. Seattle will challenge San Francisco for the NFC West title.

The 49ers are listed at No. 8 in the rankings. It's interesting that Thorman thinks highly of Wilson, so much so that he decides the Seahawks can challenge for the division, but drops them to No. 24 anyway.

As he does say in the title of the piece, "Your team is probably ranked too low."

The rest of the NFC West is hanging out towards the bottom, with the St. Louis Rams checking in at No. 28 and the Arizona Cardinals at No. 31.

The Seahawks meet the Cardinals to open the regular season on Sunday afternoon in University of Phoenix Stadium.

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Seahawks Injury Update: G James Carpenter Returns To Practice

The Seattle Seahawks are preparing for their Week 1 match-up with the Arizona Cardinals, and they got some good news on the injury front Monday as G James Carpenter was taken off the physically unable to perform list and placed on the active roster.

Carpenter returned to practice for the first time in 10 months after tearing his ACL. He spoke about his return, and his move from tackle on Monday, via KJR Seattle:

"I felt great," Carpenter said. "I’ve been waiting for 10 months to be back so I’m happy."

Carpenter was a right tackle when it got injured. Now he's returning as a left guard. It's a fit that Carpenter feels fits him well.

"I’m happy playing guard. I feel like that is where I should be playing," Carpenter said.

The 2011 first-round draft pick out of Alabama started the first nine games for Seattle last season before going down with the injury.

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Seahawks' New TE Evan Moore 'Feels Like A Rookie' At First Seattle Practice

The Seattle Seahawks' newest acquisition, tight end Evan Moore, was at practice for the first time at the VMAC on Monday, and it was the end of a hectic few days for the fifth-year veteran. Moore was waived by the Cleveland Browns on Friday, but was signed by the Seahawks on Saturday before flying to Seattle on Sunday.

Moore talked with Seahawks.com about the process of starting out with a new team:

"Considering these guys all just went through camp together, I’m kind of the new guy," he said. "You almost feel like a rookie. You walk in the building and everybody’s looking at you like, ‘Who’s this guy?’

"There is a learning curve, but fortunately there’s a lot of translation between what we did in Cleveland and what we’re doing here – both in terminology and schematically, and X’s and O’s, and all that. I’m fortunate that’s the case."

The 27-year-old out of Stanford was added by the Seahawks after they waived tight end Kellen Winslow. Moore caught 34 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns in 2011.

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