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Morning links: McDaniel auditioning for starting job

My story today focuses on Tony McDaniel, who is fighting for the starting defensive tackle position left open by Alan Branch departing the Seattle Seahawks in free agency.

McDaniel has been an intriguing player in practice, with his ability to push the pocket and knock down passes at the line of scrimmage at 6-7 and 305 pounds. However, due to a groin injury he suffered heading into the week of the team’s first preseason game at San Diego, McDaniel has yet to see action during exhibition play.

So that makes Friday’s game at Green Bay a key audition for McDaniel.

“It’s very important,” he said. “I missed the first two games. I’m a new player. The coaches here have only seen me for things I’ve done in practice. So I can’t wait to get out there and show them what I can do in a game.”

Another reason McDaniel needs to perform well, according to this Pennsylvania TV station, rookie defensive tackle Jordan Hill will be out three-to-six weeks with a partially torn bicep. Pete Carroll did not talk after practice on Wednesday, so we should receive an update on injured players after practice today. Hill suffered the injury during practice on Tuesday.

However, Josh Reed of the ABC-TV affiliate in Harrisburg, Penn., says Hill’s injury isn’t as severe as first reported.

Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star writes that University of Washington product Caesar Rayford has a chance to makes the colts as an edge rusher.

Mike Silver of is drinking the Seahawks Kool-Aid; he’s picking Seattle to defeat Cincinnati in the Super Bowl.

Alyssa Roenigk of ESPN writes about Pete Carroll’s unusual coaching techniques. It’s a real good look inside the day-to-day operations for the Seahawks, and how Carroll’s unique approach.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle revisits “Fail Mary”, asking Seahawks fans how they feel about the winning touchdown nearly a year after it took place.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times writes about Jermaine Kearse’s ascension up the Seahawks’ depth chart.

Terry Blount of ESPN Seattle writes that the Seahawks are stockpiling defensive linemen, including the team’s latest addition, Sealver Siliga.

Clare Farnsworth of focuses on the versatility that edge rusher O’Brien Schofield brings to the table for Seattle.