Wednesday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Earl Thomas. The Seahawks’ rookie free safety is a player of interest this week – in San Diego, as well as Seattle.

That’s because the Chargers are coming to town for a game at Qwest Field on Sunday, and quarterback Philip Rivers likes to thrown the ball down the field. In the Chargers’ season-opening loss at Kansas City, Rivers hooked up with Legedu Naanee on a 59-yard touchdown, and also had a 34-yard pass play to tight end Antonio Gates. In Sunday’s win over the Jaguars, Rivers had a 54-yard TD pass to Malcolm Floyd, as well as a 26-yard pass play to Gates.

As the Seahawks’ last line of defense, it’s Thomas’ task to prevent those kinds of plays this week.

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Friday in Hawkville

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Game balls. It has been a Friday tradition to pass out game balls after practice from the previous week’s victory.

Not today. In fact, it was coach Pete Carroll who got the game ball from last week’s season-opening victory over the San Francisco. It was presented by quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, immediately after the game in the locker room at Qwest Field.

“That was pretty special,” Carroll said today after practice. “I’m not into the game ball thing. I was kind of into the fight song, and I got screwed up at the end and we didn’t have one. So when that popped up it kind of saved me a little bit, to tell you the truth.”

Carroll spent the past nine seasons at the University of Southern California, and game balls cannot be awarded in college because it is considered a gift. But the fight song, “Fight On,” blared loud and proud as the Trojans compiled a 97-19 record under Carroll.

But getting the game ball from the first victory on his return to the NFL was significant.

“That was an honor,” Carroll said. “It’s kind of like a game ball for everybody. It’s all of the effort that we put together and all that. They’ve got to hand it to someone, and they handed it to me.

“But it was a nice gesture.”

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Thursday in Hawkville

A recap of the day’s activities:

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Justin Forsett. Coach Pete Carroll has answered one question by naming Justin Forsett the starting running back for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field. But the still-much-asked question about who will be the starter remains unanswered – and might for a while.

“I wouldn’t read into this too deeply because the competition for this position will remain,” Carroll said, in almost the same breath he used to name Forsett the Week 1 starter. “We have really good guys battling at this spot. I expect Julius (Jones) and Leon (Washington) to be part of this game plan and be in there getting some work so that we could continue to evaluate.

“It would be nice to have it set in stone and all that for everybody that doesn’t feel comfortable with this, but I’m absolutely not uncomfortable with this situation. It’s a situation I’ve been in for years with tailbacks (at USC) and we’re going to try to draw out the very best that we can from our guys. If a guy gets hot in a game, he’s staying.”

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Monday in Hawkville

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The left side of the offensive line. Mike Gibson will start at guard in Sunday’s regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field, coach Pete Carroll said after a rain-soaked 85-minute practice.

At tackle will be …

Not Russell Okung, the team’s top draft choice. He won’t be ready to play this week because of the sprained ankle that has sidelined him since the first series of the second preseason game. Chester Pitts was lined up at left tackle with the No. 1 line in practice, but Tyler Polumbus also is in the mix.

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