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Carroll mum on how much starters will play vs. Raiders

If you’re looking for any information on how much and who will play on Friday against the Oakland Raiders, I can’t help you. Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll isn’t telling.

The Seattle head coach is playing things close to the vest a day before the team’s final preseason game.

“We have our schedule for playing guys,” Carroll said. “I know you want to know what it is, but I’ll tell you tomorrow night.”

Carroll would only confirm that running back Marshawn Lynch (ankle) and linebacker David Hawthorne (knee) will not play against Oakland.

Others who did not practice on Thursday include Sidney Rice (shoulder), Mike Williams (toe), Isaiah Stanback (hamstring) and Kam Chancellor (foot).

“Mike has had a sore toe all fall camp,” Carroll said about Mike Williams. “And he toughed it out to make it through the last, three weeks. And so we think it’s a good idea to get him these extra days here so it will not be an issue at all, because he still does feel it. But he’s just played through it. So he wants to play, and we’re not letting him.”

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will start on Friday, along with the rest of the starters on offense who are healthy. But again, Carroll would not say how long they will go.

Charlie Whitehurst and Josh Portis also will get a chance to play, Carroll said.

Jackson said it doesn’t matter how much he plays, he’ll be ready.

“I just want to be sharp,” Jackson said. “However long we’re out there, I want to make sure we execute the offense and make sure we don’t have penalties. Just the little things that we’ve been working on this week, the things that the coaches have been harping on as a whole, we just want to make sure that we get that turned around.”

Carroll said final cuts will be even tougher in the team’s second year, a sign that the front office has improved the talent level of the roster.

“The last four or five picks are really the ones that are challenging, and we’ve got to do a good job with it,” Carroll said. “And they’ll be a lot of guys that don’t get to stay with us that deserve to play in the league. So we’re at a better stage than we were a year ago in that regard.”

Carroll singled out undrafted free agents receiver Doug Baldwin, quarterback Josh Portis, receiver Ricardo Lockette and linebacker Mike Morgan as players that will make the final roster cut down decisions tougher.

The Seahawks also made another roster move, signing receiver Owen Spencer and releasing offensive linemen Brent Osborne.