With Kam Chancellor out with a foot injury, safety Josh Pinkard will get his first career start against Denver on Saturday.
Pinkard suffered three different anterior cruciate ligament injuries at USC – two in his left knee and one in his right – but diligently rehabilitated and recovered from those setbacks to get back on the field.
Pinkard hopes to fill a role left vacant when Seattle did not re-sign veteran defensive back Jordan Babineaux – a versatile performer who played cornerback, safety and special teams.
Pinkard is part of a fierce battle for a roster spot at safety that includes veteran Atari Bigby, along with fifth-round draft pick Mark LeGree and undrafted free agent Jeron Johnson.
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“It feels good just getting out there and getting a feel for it,” Pinkard said. “It’s always good to go out there and make plays because it builds your confidence, so it turned out really well for me.”
Tim Booth of the Associated Press talks to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Tarvaris Jackson about the goals for the offense heading into the Denver game.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about Seattle’s talented tight end group.
More Farnsworth: Notes from Thursday’s practice.
Check out the full-length presser with Coach Pete Carroll from Thursday down below.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks expect big things from Walter Thurmond.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times looks at the Red Bryant affect.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle does not like the new safety rules regarding hitting defenseless players by the NFL, which led to a $20,000 fine leveled on Denver safety Rahim Moore against Buffalo receiver Donald Jones.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post explains why the third preseason game is the most important one of exhibition play.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated discusses the quarterback battles throughout the league, including Seattle. Banks thinks the competition between Whitehurst and Jackson will remain a front burner issue.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch talks with KJR’s Mitch Levy in this audio link. This is classic Lynch. It’s worth a listen.