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Saturday, August 16, 2008
Setting the scene at Qwest Field

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

SEATTLE -- The Seahawks and Bears have left the field for the locker rooms one last time before their exhibition game tonight at Qwest Field. The temperature in Seattle is 86 degrees with 34 percent humidity, warm for these parts. Winds are from the northwest at 10 miles per hour. Skies are clear but a little hazier than usual. Sideline mist machines are blowing moisture onto the bench areas, but both sidelines are in the shade.

Scouts representing the 49ers, Chargers, Steelers, Raiders, Saints, Jets, Eagles, Jaguars, Cowboys, Browns and Bills have secured credentials to watch this game from the pressbox. They'll be watching for bubble players who might become available when teams reduce roster sizes.

Seattle has some difficult decisions to make because the Seahawks are deep at a few positions. A dozen members of Seattle's 80-man roster will not play tonight. They are: punter Ryan Plackemeier, receiver Joel Filani, defensive back Jordan Babineaux, snapper Tyler Schmitt, linebacker Will Herring, center Chris Spencer, defensive tackle Red Bryant, receiver Deion Branch, receiver Bobby Engram, defensive lineman Chris Cooper, defensive tackle Larry Tripplett and defensive end Patrick Kerney.

Charlie Frye will start at quarterback for the Seahawks. The team wants to get a long look at him tonight, the hope being that Frye will play well enough for coach Mike Holmgren to feel better about using No. 2 quarterback Seneca Wallace as a receiver and/or punt returner.

Nate Burleson and Courtney Taylor are starting at receiver for Seattle. Julius Jones starts at running back. He'll be looking to answer Maurice Morris' strong showing in the first exhibition game. Morris and Jones are fighting for a starting spot. Both are expeted to play extensively this season. Rookie first-round choice Lawrence Jackson is starting at right defensive end, with Darryl Tapp starting in Kerney's usual spot on the left side. Jackson has a shot at beating out Tapp for the starting job on the right side.