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Look for “a good dose of Eddie” Lacy and more in Seahawks’ exhibition vs. Vikings

Eddie Lacy, the Seahawks’ biggest offseason acquisition, gained just 10 yards on four carries last weekend in the preseason opener. Friday night against Minnesota at CenturyLink Field, Lacy will be starting and getting more chances to make a move in the competition Thomas Rawls is winning to be the team’s lead back.
Eddie Lacy, the Seahawks’ biggest offseason acquisition, gained just 10 yards on four carries last weekend in the preseason opener. Friday night against Minnesota at CenturyLink Field, Lacy will be starting and getting more chances to make a move in the competition Thomas Rawls is winning to be the team’s lead back. toverman@theolympian.com

The Seahawks won’t have lead running back Thomas Rawls (sprained ankle, minor, should be back Monday), Pro Bowl outside linebacker K.J. Wright (away getting a “process” on his knee, not surgery, should be back Monday) and tight end Luke Willson (groin) playing in Friday night’s preseason game number two, at home against Minnesota.

Wider receiver Paul Richardson is unlikely to play after spraining his shoulder last weekend, though he surprised the Seahawks by returning to practice two days later.

The Seahawks should have back top wide receiver Doug Baldwin (from a foot strain) and nickel/cornerback Jeremy Lane (from a groin strain).

Expect the starters to play a couple of series, perhaps into the second quarter, if coach Pete Carroll holds to his form from previous preseasons. The second and third exhibitions are the bulk of the starters’ “game” preparation time for the regular season. The first and four preseason games usually involve little more than cameo appearances from veteran starters, if that.

The one group of starters that may play longer than the rest again Friday night: the offensive line. Mark Glowinski starts at right guard after Oday Absoushi did last weekend at the Los Angeles Chargers. The other four starters on the line remain the same from last weekend: George Fant at left tackle, Luke Joeckel at left guard, newly minted Justin Britt at center and Germain Ifedi at right tackle. Expect rookie second-round pick Ethan Pocic to play both right tackle behind Ifedi early, then right guard.

Terence Garvin has been taking Wright’s place as the weakside and nickel linebacker this week in practices.

SEAHAWKS GAMEDAY

MINNESOTA VIKINGS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

7 p.m. Friday, CenturyLink Field, Seattle

TV: Channel 13 Radio: 710-AM, 97.3-FM

The series: Minnesota leads the all-time preseason series 8-7. That includes the Vikings’ 18-11 win in Seattle last summer.

SEATTLE’S KEYS

"Good dose of Eddie": That’s what Carroll said to expect with lead running back Thomas Rawls out with a minor sprained ankle. New back Eddie Lacy ran for 10 yards on four carries with no blocking last weekend at Los Angeles. He’ll be running more with the starting line in this one. The running game was Seattle’s primary emphasis for this season. Last weekend, take out quarterback scrambles and the running backs averaged just a bit over 2.7 yards per carry. That won’t get it done in the real season.

Glowinski or Aboushi?: That’s the question at right guard.Glowinski starts this time. Aboushi did last weekend. Glowinski’s back at his college position of three years ago. Absoushi, signed in the spring to bring veteran presence, has impressed coaches with steady, professional, sometimes angry blocking.

End the baker’s dozen: The starting defense allowed the Chargers a 13-play, 75-yard drive with three conversions on third downs – and then a touchdown – in its only playing time last weekend. Seattle’s renowned unit will play more this time, likely into the second quarter. They expect more to mean better.

PRIME NUMBERS

SEATTLE

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

27 Eddie Lacy, RB, 5-11, 250, fifth

Rawls is ahead of him for lead back. But Lacy gets his chance to start – and show -- here.

5 Tramaine Brock, DB, 5-10, 197, seventh

Ex-49ers starter signed Weds. must show out, pronto. Will get chance at nickel. CB, too? How much will he push Lane for playing time?

19 Tanner McEvoy, WR, 6-6, 230, second

Last year’s rookie surprise forgotten with Kasen Williams’ breakout, other WRs. Wilson likes him, though

MINNESOTA

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

8 Sam Bradford, QB, 6-4, 236, eighth

Teddy Bridgewater likely out until well into the season. So it’s the former Rams, Eagles starter. Is he really is his eighth year already?

33 Dalvin Cook, RB, 5-10, 210, rookie

With Latavius Murray still out (ankle surgery), Vikes’ new lead back to start the post-Adrian Peterson era

45 Darnell Sankey, LB, 6-2, 250, rookie

Wait, the Sankey that’s now in Minnesota? It’s fomer UW RB Bishop Sankey, right? Bishop Sankey is on Vikes’ injured reserve

gregg.bell@thenewstribune.com; @gbellseattle

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