The Seattle Seahawks will be going with a youth movement on Thursday evening at CenturyLink Field against the Denver Broncos. Russell Wilson and most of Seattle's other starters will have the night off, a change from the Seahawks normal protocol.
That will allow the rookies and other young players to take centerstage.
"This is the game we dedicate to the rooks," Carroll said. "It's their first game in the NFL ever. We will make somewhat of a big deal about it (Wednesday night). We want to make sure it's (an experience) they remember. We're going to play our young guys a ton. ... We want to give them the opportunity to compete and see if they can help our football team. You can't do it just watching. They need to get out and play."
It will also give the Seahawks a great look at the backup quarterback battle. Geno Smith will presumably start and play the first half with Paxton Lynch playing the final two quarters.
Carroll suggested that Smith will be having some sort of procedure after the game but added that the quarterback could be ready for the second preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings on Aug. 18. The Seahawks have an unusual 10 days between exhibition games 1 and 2.
A few injury notes:
L.J. Collier (ankle) is out of his boot and making progress, but Carroll wouldn't commit to a timetable for his return.
Ed Dickson (knee) had surgery and is out 4-5 weeks.
C.J. Procise (hip), Travis Homer (quad) won't play on Thursday, which means it will be a busy night for Bo Scarbrough. J.D. McKissic (foot) is unlikely to play but he'll test it out pregame.
Jacob Hollister (groin) also won't play against the Broncos.