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Morning links: Don't worry about those penalties

Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle, a former player for the Seahawks, tells us not to worry about Seattle’s truckload of penalties during exhibition play.

Wyman believes a rash of penalties during preseason play don’t always move into the preseason, and that it’s something Seattle can get cleaned up in time for the team’s opener at Carolina on Sept. 8.

Wyman: “Before you start wringing your hands over one of the few weaknesses this Seahawk team has shown, don't worry. As it turns out, penalties don't always tell the story of a team's success, and it certainly hasn't for the Hawks this preseason. Last year's Super Bowl winner, the Baltimore Ravens, ranked first in penalty yardage, as they were flagged for 1,127 yards during the 2012 regular season. Three other playoff teams ranked high on that list, including the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.

“Certainly bad teams commit lots of penalties, but rest assured it's not an incredibly telling statistic like turnover ratio or scoring defense. Yes, the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns amass lots of penalties every season, and neither team has made it to the playoffs in years. But sometimes the most penalized teams are also the most aggressive teams. You're probably going to see pass interference and unnecessary roughness penalties out of the Seahawks no matter how much things get cleaned up. The offensive linemen and defensive backs that the Seahawks covet are typically a rough bunch of dudes. (J.R.) Sweezy, Breno Giacomini, Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor are the kind of guys that will hit first and ask questions later.”

Rob Rang of writes that rookie Christine Michael showed the future is bright at the running back position for the Seahawks with his performance against Green Bay.

The Seahawks do not have to announce roster cuts down to 75 until Tuesday, but it looks like linebacker Craig Wilkens has been let go.

Russell Wilson takes on Colin Kaepernick in Madden 25. Check out the video below.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Terrelle Pryor will play in favor of Matt Flynn when Oakland travels to Seattle to face the Seahawks on Thursday because the LSU product has a sore arm. Flynn suffered from the same injury last season, forcing him to miss the third preseason game against Kansas City, and ultimately lose his job to Russell Wilson.

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star writes that University of Washington product Caesar Rayford had two more sacks against Cleveland, and now has five during the preseason in his bid to make the Colts’ roster.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that former Seahawk Deon Butler was one of 10 cuts by the Chargers over the weekend. University of Idaho product Nathan Enderle also was cut.

Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News reports that Aaron Curry has been cut by the New York Giants.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times writes that the cuts over the weekend further illustrate Tim Ruskell’s bad draft in 2009. Second round selection Max Unger is the only player that remains with Seattle.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports wonders if it is time to get rid of the entire preseason.