The Seattle Seahawks completed a closed-doors walkthrough on Wednesday for Thursday’s 2019 NFL preseason opener against the Denver Broncos. As is customary in the preseason, starters and/or seasoned veterans usually see limited or no playing time for the first game, and that’s what we’ll see tomorrow at CenturyLink Field.
Pete Carroll confirmed with media that Geno Smith is going to start, with Paxton Lynch taking the majority of the snaps. Smith apparently has some sort of injury issue that they will tend to after the game. We’ll also see rookies DK Metcalf, Ben-Burr Kirven, and Marquise Blair all in uniform and ready to play, with each one of them having dealt with some sort of ailment throughout the offseason. It’ll be particularly interesting to see what Blair provides in the secondary, as the second-round pick out of Utah is slated to be the future at strong safety.
Now we’ve reached the part of the article where I tell you that C.J. Prosise, so talented yet so physically fragile, is out with a hip injury at a time when he’s fighting for a roster spot. You are probably just as shocked as I am. Rookie RB Travis Homer is also unavailable with a quad strain, so expect a lot of Bo Scarbrough out there, even more so if J.D. McKissic can’t go with his own foot injury.
Others who won’t participate are TE Will Dissly and S Lano Hill, both of whom had season-ending injuries in 2018 and are only now just getting back into the swing of things. TE Jacob Hollister is also out injured, so at this point I’m pretty sure the Seahawks are going to be playing Itula Mili and Will Heller at TE on Thursday.
It’s already known that LB Bobby Wagner had a minor operating procedure on his knee that will keep him out of Thursday but probably not much longer beyond that. TE Ed Dickson is going to miss the whole preseason in all likelihood after he underwent knee surgery. There’s certainly no guarantee he even makes the roster, as John P. Gilbert notes.
So uh... in summary, it’s gonna be a long three hours even by preseason standards on Thursday.