• Russell Wilson to sit out Thursday's preseason game against Denver Broncos

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    RENTON, Wash. - If you're headed to the Seahawks' preseason game against the Denver Broncos tomorrow, don't expect to see quarterback Russell Wilson in action. 

    At a news conference Wednesday, head coach Pete Carroll said Wilson will sit out and backup quarterback Geno Smith will start in his place. 

    In addition to Wilson, Carroll said C.J. Prosise, Travis Homer, Lano Hill, Will Dissly and Jacob Hollister will miss Thursday's game. 

    Smith is competing with Paxton Lynch for the Seahawks' backup quarterback job, and Carroll said Lynch should see plenty of action Thursday. 

    In seven seasons with the Seahawks, Wilson has never missed the Seahawks first preseason game.

    However, last week, Wilson missed a practice to attend a funeral for his late grandfather in Virginia, giving Smith and Lynch plenty of reps in practice. 

    Originally a second-round pick by the New York Jets, Smith signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks this offseason after backing up Philip Rivers on the Los Angeles Chargers last year. 

    Lynch, a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2016, signed with the Seahawks in January

    The game against the Broncos begins at 7 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.

    The Broncos have a couple names that local football fans might remember when they take the field on Thursday: 

    #11 WR River Cracraft: Cracraft starred at Washington State University and signed with the Broncos after going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. Cracraft played in 8 games for the Broncos last year and recorded 1 catch for 44 yards. He finished his WSU career with 218 catches for 2,701 yards and 20 touchdowns. 

    #40 ILB Keishawn Bierria: Bierria was a sixth round pick by the Broncos in the 2018 NFL Draft after starring at the University of Washington. At UW, Bierria started 43 out of 54 games played. Last year, Bierria played in all 16 games for Denver. 

    #69 OT Jake Rodgers: Rodgers was a seventh round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 NFL Draft after playing at Eastern Washington University. Rodgers transferred to Eastern after playing his first two years of college at Washington State University. The former Shadle Park High School star has also been a member of the Falcons, Giants, Panthers, Steelers, Chargers, Texans, Ravens in his NFL career. 


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