We’ll start today’s links with what will be one of the more intriguing stories of Thursday’s game against the Raiders — Bruce Irvin, who will likely seeing significant time at linebacker.
As Jayson Jenks details in his story today, Irvin (pictured above in a Dean Rutz photo) was on the field for just seven plays last week at Green Bay but is scheduled to play much more Thursday:
Irvin is expected to play significantly for the first time this preseason against Oakland on Thursday after missing most of the offseason with a groin injury. But it’s also the last time he will play until Week 5 because of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
“I’m excited, but at the same time it’s hard because I’m going to be gone from these guys for four weeks,” Irvin said. “I’m just going to go out there and bust my tail and make them miss me when I’m gone.”
He will do so at a new position, one he has apparently taken to but has yet to play much at.
Read more in the link above.
Now for a few more links. …
— If you missed it this morning, Seattle’s No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft, Aaron Curry, announced his retirement via Twitter after being released by the Giants a few days ago:
After a lot of prayer. Consulting with God. The best thing for my family and myself is to retire from the … http://t.co/mLCkjm3PZb
— Aaron Curry (@AaronCurry51) August 28, 2013
— ICYMI, I detailed the other day what a bad draft class that has turned out to be for the Seahawks;
— Seahawks.com examines what’s changed in the year since Russell Wilson was named the team’s starting quarterback;
— Athlon’s has a season preview of the Seahawks;
— Athlon’s also ranks Pete Carroll 14th among NFL head coaches;
— Mike Sando has his daily look around the NFC West;
— ESPN.com’s Terry Blount picks the Seahawks to go 12-4;
— Sando has more on those picks;
— An NFL.com writer says the NFC West is the best division in the league;
— Richard Sherman makes a good case for players getting full salary during the preseason;
— Two of the seven CBSSports.com experts pick the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl;
— The Associated Press offers some things to watch for the Seahawks as the season nears;
— Grantland.com wonders if the 2011 NFL draft class, which includes Sherman, might be the best defensive class ever;
— The Jaguars and new coach Gus Bradley claimed LB Kyle Knox off waivers from the Seahawks.