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Morning links: Whitehurst the impersonator

Charlie Whitehurst will be playing a role he’s very familiar with in practice this week, impersonating San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers for Seattle’s scout team offense in preparation for the Chargers’ visit to Qwest Field.

Whitehurst served as the person who signaled in the calls for San Diego head coach and quarterback guru Norv Turner for three seasons while with the Chargers, so he understands the type of situations and nuisances his former team likes to get into in certain situations.

“I used to try and emulate his throwing motion in practice a few times, and I was amazed at how well it worked and how accurate (I was),” joked Whitehurst about Rivers. “So I think that, and little things he does, he’s very efficient.”

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll downplayed any help Whitehurst could provide during his weekly press conference on Wednesday.

“Well, as always when you have a player from another program that’s been there, you ask him the questions,” Carroll said. “And we’ll utilize Charlie to throw the offense, of course, for us. And he’ll compete to help us any way he can.

“It’s not as helpful as you might think, but it’s still nice to have it. So we’re pumping Charlie a little bit for some information and making sure he puts together a really good week of showing the defense what it looks like.”

Dave Boling of The News Tribune says receiver Golden Tate has learned his lesson after starting the season on the inactive list, and could provide Seattle with a much-needed playmaker on Sunday.

Clare Farnsworth of talks to nose tackle Colin Cole about his improved play this season.

Greg Johns of says safety Earl Thomas will be challenged by San Diego’s offensive philosophy to drive the ball vertically down the field.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard breaks down Seattle’s failed 4th and 2 play against Denver last week.

KJR’s Elise Woodward interviews Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate in this audio link.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune writes that the Minnesota Vikings had an agreement in place for restricted free agent Vincent Jackson, but Chargers GM A.J. Smith wasn't interested in moving him. Jackson will likely sit out this season because he does not want to play for San Diego’s current offer on the table.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports says Smith’s stubbornness will cost the Chargers on the field.

More Acee: Rookie running back Ryan Mathews is optimistic he will play on Sunday after suffering a high ankle sprain last week.