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Former teammates Wilson, Glennon to face-off Sunday - Oct. 31, 20131

Former teammates Wilson, Glennon to face-off Sunday - Oct. 31, 20131

Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Edward Jones Dome on October 28, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - QB Russell Wilson and QB Mike Glennon played together at North Carolina State but will be on opposite sidelines Sunday in Seatttle.

Wilson transferred to Wisconsin for his senior season after N.C. State head coach Tom O'Brien told him he wouldn't be welcome back for his senior season if he went to play baseball.

Wilson, an infielder in the Colorado Rockies organization, was invited to spring training with the team in 2011. O'Brien wanted Wilson to stay in Raleigh to take part in spring football practice with the Wolfpack. If Wilson went to play baseball, he was going to turn the page to Glennon.

Wilson made the decision to play baseball. Glennon became the starting quarterback and Wilson had to look elsewhere to play football. Because he had graduated in three years, he was free to transfer to any school of his choosing and chose Wisconsin over Auburn.

"It was a blessing for me because I didn’t want to give up football yet. It was one of those things that I tried to do everything right. You try to make sure that I was in the right position at the right time and fortunately enough, I graduated early. I could go wherever I wanted to and University of Wisconsin was definitely the best decision for me," Wilson said.

"I love N.C. State, I love Wisconsin. Both great, amazing schools that I would never take anything for granted."

Glennon became the starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after QB Josh Freeman fell out of favor with the organization and was released in earlier this month.

Glennon has thrown 181 passes in four starts as the Buccaneers frequently have had to play from behind. He's completing 58.6-percent of his passes with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Wilson isn't surprised that his former teammate has managed to win the starting job.

"He’s a great football player and I told him before the season started, ‘Go win the starting job and just do whatever you could to be successful and never let up.’ He’s obviously done that," Wilson said. "I’m happy for him. It will be fun to play against him."

Tom Cable Laments Protection Issues:

Tom Cable said last week the team is in survival mode along the offensive line until T Russell Okung and T Breno Giacomini are able to return to the lineup.

That was clearly evident Monday night against the St. Louis Rams as Seattle allowed seven sacks of QB Russell Wilson and could only manage 44 yards rushing.

"I didn't think we had any rhythm on offense," Cable said. "I didn't think our tempo, rhythm, continuity and staying in drives and all that really lacked. Then we got into a situation where we struggled protection wise so then we can't stay on schedule."

Cable said the issues in pass protection are the most glaring issue.

"We're getting run by," Cable said. "That depth in the pocket is getting closing in from the outside."

While they are missing two key pieces along the offensive line, Cable doesn't want to use that as an excuse. For the moment, the players they have are what they can work with and they know they have to improve.

"We have to execute better. No excuses. We just got our tails kicked and we'll learn from it and we'll be better this week. At the end of the day we have to play better."

No Harvin This Week:

Head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio that WR Percy Harvin will not be able to play this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Harvin is still recovering from hip surgery on August 1. He returned to practice last week for the first time since June but had to be rested late last week and did not practice on Wednesday.

Harvin can practice through next week with the team before he has to be activated to the 53-man roster.

Injury Report:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Out

RB Jeff Demps (groin)
G Carl Nicks (foot)

Did Not Participate

RB Doug Martin (shoulder)

Limited Participation

S Mark Barron (hip)
S Dashon Goldson (knee)
DT Derek Liandri (back)
WR Chris Owusu (foot)

Full Participation

G Davin Joseph (knee)
DT Akeem Spence (wrist)
S Keith Tandy (ankle)
LB Mason Foster (hamstring)
LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder)

Seattle Seahawks

Did Not Participate

FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
T Breno Giacomini (knee)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
DT Brandon Mebane (non-injury)

Full Participation

G J.R. Sweezy (elbow)
DE Michael Bennett (illness)

 

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