Even after Wilson sits, there’ll be plenty to watch when Seahawks play Chiefs

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SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 09: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – Are you ready for some football?

It’s finally here. The Seattle Seahawks take on the Kansas City Chiefs at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Q13 FOX – although it’s up in the air how much the starters will play.

If history’s any indication, quarterback Russell Wilson will see limited time as the Seahawks seek to protect their most valuable asset. Wilson will likely play about to series, or somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-12 snaps.

The same is likely true of the team’s defensive stars. It’s possible some players, like Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, might not see the field.

There are about 90 players on the roster, but only about 65 will be active due to injuries. Jimmy Graham and Thomas Rawls are unlikely to play, for example, as both return from major injuries.

Perhaps the most interesting – and active – group will be the offensive line

The Seahawks are fielding starters at all five positions, and they spent much of the week at training camp tinkering. Garry Gilliam, for instance, played much of camp at left tackle, but played some right tackle on Thursday while Bradley Sowell played left tackle following an injury to J’Marcus Webb.

One player to keep an eye on: Germain Ifedi. The first-round draft pick has had a scrappy training camp, getting in several fights with his defensive counterparts, but the Seahawks say they love his aggression. Saturday will be his first chance to take it out on another team.

Another: Tharold Simon. The team believes he has the chance to play cornerback at an elite level, but he’s spent much of his three seasons dealing with injuries.

Stay tuned after Saturday’s game for the Gameday Postgame Show. Saturday’s game will be replayed Sunday at 3 p.m. on JOEtv.

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