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Seahawks preparing for season opener with Packers - Sept. 1, 2014

 

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes the ball against the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at O.co Coliseum on August 28, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - Preparations for Thursday night's season opener against the Green Bay Packers are now in full swing.

The Seahawks will have one more full day of practice on Tuesday and a final walkthrough on Wednesday.

"We’ve all been waiting to get this thing started," head coach Pete Carroll said. "We’re honored to be playing this first Thursday and first game of the year. For everyone that loves this game so much it’s really cool to get it started. It’s a great match up; we have a fantastic opponent and a staff that we respect tremendously. It’s everything you could ask for on opening night."

Seattle does have a few injury issues to watch this week.

Cornerbacks Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon are both dealing with minor injuries. Lane has been dealing with a strained groin while Simon is dealing with a knee issue.

Lane participated in practice on Monday while Simon was sidelined.

Against a Green Bay offense that likes to work out of no-huddle and with multiple receivers on the field, the depth of Seattle's secondary could be tested. While Lane and Simon have proven to be capable, it remains to be seen how affected they will be by their injury issues.

Linebacker Bruce Irvin and receiver Kevin Norwood were back at practice on Monday. Irvin was just activated off the physically unable to perform list after offseason hip surgery. Norwood had surgery to remove a bone spur in his foot early in training camp.

Both players were limited on Monday but are getting close to be able to return to the field. Norwood only practiced on the first day of camp before being sidelined and eventually needing surgery.

Head coach Pete Carroll gushed over the way quarterback Russell Wilson has played this preseason. In 13 drives this preseason with Wilson under center, Seattle scored 11 times with nine touchdowns and just one punt.

"I’m thrilled about what we are seeing," Carroll said. "I didn’t know how much farther he would go from that year to this year. It seems like he is really, really in control of what’s happening."

Carroll also confirmed that safety Earl Thomas will be their punt returner after being listed as the leader on the depth chart all preseason.

Roster Moves:

The Seattle Seahawks re-signed receiver Bryan Walters on Monday and waived receiver Phil Bates.

Seattle had initially kept Bates over Walters as the team's seventh receiver during final cutdowns on Saturday. However, the team elected to reverse course and bring Walters back to the team on Monday.

Carroll said during his Monday press conference that they had faith in 8-9 receivers they had during training camp, which is why they kept seven receivers on the roster in the first place.

"They’re good players," Carroll said. "We’ve been saying it the whole time. It was really competitive. We had eight or nine guys that we thought could play because of that we had the opportunity to keep them so we’ve done that."

For whatever reason, Walters is back for now and Bates could potentially be on the practice squad if he clears waivers. Walters could ultimately spell Earl Thomas on punt returns that aren't high-leverage situations as well.

Speaking of the practice squad, Seattle also signed defensive end Julius Warmsley and defensive back Josh Aubrey to the practice squad on Monday. That completes the 10-man squad. However, the team will likely change up the squad throughout the season.

The rest of the practice squad that was announced on Sunday includes: quarterback B.J. Daniels, running back Demitrius Bronson, tight end RaShaun Allen, receiver Chris Matthews, offensive lineman Nate Isles, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, safety Terrance Parks and safety Steven Terrell.          

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