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Seahawks back at practice this morning for Friday's exhibition against San Diego

Heading back to Renton this morning to begin another condensed week of training-camp practices before Friday's second exhibition game at home against San Diego. It's the Seahawks' next-to-last public practice of the preseason -- and, in fact, the last public ones of the year at the VMAC -- and because it is on a sunny weekend there are likely to be a few (thousand) folks there today.

I will be watching to see how much the three starting offensive linemen who missed the preseason opener Thursday at Denver practice today and tomorrow: center Max Unger (a new groin injury), left guard James Carpenter (recovering from a calf injury) and left tackle Russell Okung (offseason foot surgery). Since Carpenter and Okung returned to practice last Monday, I would expect the starting left side of the line to see some time against the Chargers. Unger, though, stood on the side watching last Wednesday's walk-through practice and was on the sideline in street (OK, team-issued) clothes during the game in Denver, when Lemuel Jeanpierre played the entire first half at center with the first- and the second-team offenses. After the game in Denver coach Pete Carroll didn't specify how hurt Unger was.

I -- and everyone else in Western Washington who has eyes and an opinion -- have already mentioned a few dozen times how porous the makeshift offensive line was against the Broncos. What few have mentioned is how often and with many variations Denver blitzed the fill-in blockers. As I mentioned in my game story that night, it seemed the Broncos were playing the game as if it was Super Bowl Redemption Night, at least on defense.

(To that end: My Colorado-native neighbor in Seattle mentioned how redemptive Thursday night was for Broncos fans. My response to her: Uh ... no. See, there's this something about apples to oranges. The largest apple there is to a tiny satsuma, in this case...)

--In today's News Tribune I highlighted the young and backup Seahawks that most took advantage of their opportunities in Denver: Rookie defensive end and fourth-round draft choice Cassius Marsh, fill-in starting middle linebacker Brody Coyle, rookie wide receiver and second-round pick Paul Richardson and free-agent cornerback A.J. Jefferson.

Jefferson left the game in Denver with an ankle injury of unknown severity after he got tackled at the end of an 11-yard return of his interception on the final play of the third quarter. He said afterward "I'm fine," though whether he practices today will be indicative of how fine.

--Also in today's TNT, colleague Dave Boling details why some scouts liken Marsh, from UCLA, to another pass-rushing end with a 100-plus-horsepower motor that never seems to shut off: Jared Allen. Boling notes how UCLA coach Jim Mora (hey, do you remember he used to coach the Seahawks? Or have you chosen to forget that season?) calls Marsh a "wild horse rider." "NFL Nation's" Terry Blount gives his assessment of which Seahawks stood out to him in Denver.

More after this 10 a.m. practice, which is expected to go past noon.