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Morning links: Mock game today

The Seahawks will go through a mock game this morning on the team’s eighth day of training camp, which will include officials, down markers and the offense driving the ball on the defense.

Head coach Pete Carroll said the scrimmage will give the coaching staff another opportunity to evaluate players before the team’s first exhibition game on Thursday at San Diego.

“It’s a test day for them,” Carroll said. “It’s to show us where they are and how far they’ve come. We are one week away from the (opening exhibition) game and we will try to make evaluations. It’s a big day for those guys. All of the guys are competing for their spots. It’s a great chance for them to show that they are ... willing to contribute.”

My notebook today also has a little more on undrafted rookie free agent Benson Mayowa (pictured above), who has a chance to be this year’s J.R. Sweezy because of the injuries at defensive end.

“The one thing that struck me early is he’s ready to go compete,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “There’s some guys who might step back when it really gets going, and he’s just the opposite. So I’m encouraged by what I see, and each day we’re developing him.”

Also, The Seahawks waived/injured Steilacoom High graduate Greg Herd on Thursday.

The Eastern Washington University receiver sat out most of Thursday’s practice with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

The Seahawks cut Herd because they needed the extra spot on the 90-man roster to add receiver Perez Ashford.

The Seahawks claimed Ashford, a Northern Illinois product, off waivers from New England.

Seattle also signed undrafted rookie tight end Andrei Lintz, a former star at Meridian High near Bellingham and Washington State University. In order to make room for Lintz, the Seahawks released running back Ray Holley

Check out highlights on Ashford below.

Also, here’s a picture of offensive lineman John Moffitt and his snug shorts.

Clare Farnsworth of notes that Red Bryant has embraced his elder status on the team.

More Farnsworth: A run down from Thursday’s practice.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that second round draft choice Christine Michael is making a strong impression.

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby talk with Earl Thomas about being one of the leaders on defense in this audio link.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times takes a closer look at the candidates for returning kicks with Percy Harvin out.

Matt Maiocco of reports the 49ers received more bad news on the injury front on Thursday, as cornerback Chris Culliver suffered a torn ACL in his knee and is out for the year.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports examines the transformation of the NFL West from a finesse division to one of the most physical divisions in the league.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York talks with Jets tight end Kellen Winslow, who’s still upset at the way the Seatle cut him last year. Winslow: "They cut me over money. They put me in a bad situation. I can't even speak on it. It's just frustrating what happened. You just don't do a vet like that."