“We were making plays when we were not even being at our best,’’ said Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson after a 27-24 loss to the Denver Broncos. “If we can score 24 points and not be at our best, how much more can we do? How much better can we be?’’
It’s indisputable by now that the locker-room culture in Seattle has been flawed. The burning question moving forward is whether the offseason roster transformation has cleansed the Seahawks of the sources of irritation and conflict.
The Seattle Seahawks have activated safety Earl Thomas to the 53-man roster, making him eligible to play in the season opener against Denver. But Seattle has a developing situation at cornerback. Expected starter Dontae Johnson was placed on injured reserve after hurting his groin during practice this week. Johnson was expected to start at right cornerback.
Shaquem Griffin’s story will likely add another unplanned chapter on Sunday in Denver, one nobody could have expected on the day he was drafted by Seattle. He’ll do more than just play in his first NFL regular-season game. Griffin will be one of the starting linebackers for the Seahawks with K.J. Wright out due to minor knee surgery.
The Seattle Seahawks have not yet decided whether safety Earl Thomas will be added to the active roster ahead of the season opener in Denver. Coach Pete Carroll said a decision would come Saturday. Thomas held out from Seattle’s offseason program and training camp, only reporting to the team Wednesday. Thomas was seeking a contract extension or a trade.
Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson each have two years remaining on their contracts and how the offseason changes work out might influence decisions to be made a year from now.
Seahawks rookie Shaquem Griffin will start at weakside linebacker when Seattle opens the regular season at Denver on Sunday.
Seahawks safety Earl Thomas ended his lengthy holdout in time for the start of the regular season, even without the long-term contract he was seeking. Thomas showed up at the Seahawks facility Wednesday morning and was welcomed back by his teammates. Coach Pete Carroll said he met briefly with Thomas, but wouldn’t commit to whether Thomas would play in the opener Sunday against Denver.
As a favor to Seahawks fans everywhere, I typed this column with my right hand while repeatedly knocking my wooden table with my left. Of all the seasons Russell Wilson has played in the league, this would be the worst one to jinx him.
Cornerback Byron Maxwell was placed on injured reserve and tight end Ed Dickson was placed on the non-football injury list as the Seattle Seahawks reached the 53-man roster limit Saturday.
Who will make the cut? The question was unavoidable in the wake of the Seahawks' preseason finale.
E.J. Manuel made a strong bid to be Oakland’s backup quarterback, throwing for 255 yards and three touchdowns, and the Raiders closed out the preseason with a 30-19 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.