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August 16, 2008 11:05 PM

Thoughts on Saturday night

Posted by Jose Romero

What a game! I seriously thought they would stop it in regulation time but I guess they do play OT in the preseason.

Coolest moment of the night: Just after 8 p.m., the scoreboards displayed that Michael Phelps had won his eighth gold medal, and Qwest went crazy. Some people even started chanting "USA! USA!" Gave me a bit of a chill.

Speaking of chills, rookie TE John Carlson got them when he watched former Seahawk Paul Moyer raising the 12th Man flag before kickoff. "Couldn't ask for better fans," Carlson said.

Others sold-out Qwest Field first-timers echoed Carlson. "It was wonderful," linebacker David Hawthorne said. "You just feel a lot of energy coming from the stands out there."

QB Charlie Frye: "A great environment to play football."
RB Justin Forsett: "It's like I was in the college national championship game, how loud it was. You feed off that and you try to keep pushing through your fatigue."
K Brandon Coutu: "They definitely didn't disappoint. This is one of the loudest stadiums I've eved played in. It was exciting. The team got up for that."

And this was only a preseason game. Wait until the rookies hear it on Sundays.

Stars of the game: Forsett and Coutu. 136 yards in one half of action for Forsett. That's 194 rushing yards on 28 carries in two exhibition games for Forsett. And Coutu made all five of his field goals.

Locklear update: It's a left knee injury. Should know more tomorrow or Monday. He could be out until the first week of regular season.

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August 16, 2008 6:41 PM

Locklear sprains knee

Posted by Jose Romero

Seahawks RT Sean Locklear has a knee sprain and won't return, it was just announced. Ray Willis is in for Locklear. More details after the game.

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August 16, 2008 5:17 PM

Greetings from sizzling Seattle

Posted by Jose Romero

The Big Fogg water misters are blowing, six behind both teams' benches. It's a scorcher out there but, hey, we'll all live and most players are used to worse heat.

The return guys are out on the field (at 5:20 p.m.) and no one is kicking to them. Nate Burleson is not among the group so we'll see what's with that. Probably just saving him for the game since he's a starter now with all the injuries.

The following players will not play tonight: P Ryan Plackemeier, WR Joel Filani, CB Jordan Babineaux, LS Tyler Schmitt, LB Will Herring, C Chris Spencer, T Samuel Gutekunst, DT Red Bryant, WR Deion Branch, WR Bobby Engram, DE Chris Cooper, DT Larry Tripplett and DE Patrick Kerney. Charlie Frye gets the start at QB.

QB Matt Hasselbeck is in uniform. Still not expected to play.

It's 86 degrees now.

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