Pete Carroll 'anxious' to see Seahawks' new-look offensive line in action

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will get their first look at their newly configured offensive line Friday night, and it should be a much longer look than what the starters got in last week's preseason opener.

Starters typically play more in the second exhibition game compared to the first. Coach Pete Carroll said that will be the case against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

"We'll see more of them this week," Carroll said. "That gives us a much better gauge about where we are moving forward."

Seattle's first-team offense played all of 10 snaps over two series last Friday against Denver, but that wasn't by design. The Seahawks' first possession ended after two plays when right tackle Justin Britt was beaten for a sack that forced a fumble, which Denver recovered.

Seattle's offensive line struggled in pass protection on the second possession as well, which was one of several factors that led the team to shuffle the lineup starting on Monday. Britt, a 16-game starter as a rookie last year, moved to left guard, replacing Alvin Bailey. Former backup Garry Gilliam has taken over at right tackle while Drew Nowak is getting his chance at center after playing behind Lemuel Jeanpierre last week.

Carroll said he's "anxious" to see how the new group fares Friday night.

"They've looked very solid," Carroll said. "I think very quickly the transition took place. Garry has been working on both sides (right tackle and left tackle) for some time as a swing guy. For Justin to move over there, it's a little bit of an adjustment for him, but he just took to it immediately. I think we're in good shape. We'll get better. We're going to continue to improve as we move through this. It's a good group we're going against. ... It's a good start to kind of gauge where we are."

Here are some notes about the status of a few players for Friday night's game:

  • Carroll is typically vague when asked about who will and won't play in preseason games, but he did indicate that cornerback Richard Sherman has a chance to play after missing last week's game because of an issue with his hip flexor. Sherman returned to practice earlier this week.

  • Earl Thomas is not expected to play as he's still easing his way back into practice following offseason shoulder surgery.

  • Carroll was noncommittal when asked about rookie defensive lineman Frank Clark, who didn't practice Monday through Wednesday due to sore ankle. His limited availability this week is an indication that he likely won't play much if at all Friday.

  • Second-year linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis will "hopefully" play, Carroll said. He missed last week's game with a shoulder injury but returned to practice earlier this week.

  • Carroll said it would be "pretty challenging" for quarterback Jake Waters to play considering he hasn't had much time to digest Seattle's playbook. The Seahawks signed Waters on Tuesday, giving them a third healthy quarterback until Tarvaris Jackson returns from the high ankle sprain he sustained last week.

  • Second-year strong safety Dion Bailey indicated on Twitter Thursday he will start. Bailey played behind DeShawn Shead last week.