Studebaker gets test drive
While outside linebacker Tamba Hali — suspended for the season opener because of violating the NFL substance abuse policy — can play in exhibition games, the Chiefs need to see his backup, Andy Studebaker, perform with the starters and against Seattle left tackle Russell Okung. Also, this could be an opportunity for the other two backup weakside linebackers, Cameron Sheffield and Edgar Jones, to make a case for winning roster spots.
Coach Romeo Crennel has not said whether Brady Quinn will replace starter Matt Cassel or if Ricky Stanzi will get another chance with the No. 2 unit. This would be Quinn’s turn to replace Cassel after Stanzi struggled mightily at St. Louis, throwing an interception on his first attempt, losing a fumble and getting sacked four times. And it will be hard for anyone to prove anything in the final preseason game at Green Bay when both teams will be resting so many key players. So whomever Crennel sends out with the No. 2 unit should be the one he thinks has the best chance at winning the backup job.
The Bowe show is back
Chiefs fans will get their first look at wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who missed all of training camp in St. Joseph before signing his one-year tender last Friday. Bowe kept himself in good condition during the offseason and should be able to handle a few assignments in the game after spending this week taking a crash course in the new offense with Cassel, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and receivers coach Nick Sirianni.
Veteran Abram Elam will start in place of free safety Kendrick Lewis, who is out with a shoulder injury that could be a chronic problem. Abram was signed in the offseason as insurance for both strong safety Eric Berry (knee) and Lewis (shoulder), who were coming off surgeries. Abram intercepted a pass in the Arizona game. Lewis’ absence means former Kansas State safety Tysyn Hartman moves up the ladder, so he should get significant playing time.
T.O. is in town
The Seahawks have a couple of much-traveled wide receivers — Terrell Owens and Braylon Edwards — trying to win roster spots as free agents. Owens, 38, did not play in 2011 after wearing out his welcome in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati. Owens ranks sixth all-time in career receptions (1,078), second in receiving yards (15,934) and is tied for second with receiving touchdowns (153) but dropped a sure touchdown pass last week against Denver. Edwards, originally the third overall pick in the 2005 draft by Cleveland, was a Pro Bowler in 2007 and had two solid years with the Jets. Edwards was hindered by shoulder and knee injuries with the 49ers last year and was released prior to the regular-season finale.