Manning among Broncos who won't play Friday

The first Seahawks game of the 2015 NFL season is nearly upon us with the Denver Broncos lining up in Seattle Friday at 7 pm. According to reports out of Denver, though, some of club's biggest stars - including quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware - will be standing on the sideline rather than playing.

For the past three weeks the Seahawks have been competing with each other in training camp in the hopes of convincing the team's scouts and coaches they should be on the roster. Friday provides the first opportunity for the Seahawks to hit someone other than teammates.

Unfortunately, it might be a little tougher to evaluate the Seahawks because they'll be facing off against a depleted roster.

According to reports out of Denver Wednesday night, Peyton Manning is among the Broncos who won't be playing in the preseason opener. That means it will 2012 second round pick Brock Osweiler - the quarterback selected 18 spots ahead of Russell Wilson - who will be starting for the Broncos.

Other veterans not expected to play Friday night against Seattle include recently re-signed Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas, tight end Owen Daniels, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall. Other players not expected to play because of injuries include cornerback Chris Harris Jr., receiver Emmanuel Sanders, cornerback Kayvon Webster, defensive tackle Marvin Austin Jr., and linebacker Lerentee McCray.

The explosive passing game that Manning, Thomas, Sanders and Daniels should provide the Broncos this year would have been a fantastic challenge for Seattle's new secondary, which, of course, includes cornerback Cary Williams, free safety Steven Terrell and either DeShawn Shead of Dion Bailey starting at strong safety along with All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.

Though taken off the PUP List a week ago, Earl Thomas has not yet practiced in pads and will not play for Seattle Friday. Running back Marshawn Lynch also isn't expected to play. Strong safety Kam Chancellor, of course, remains mired in his holdout.

New Denver head coach Gary Kubiak has brought his beloved West Coast Offense back to Denver, along with his reputation as a generator of strong rushing attacks. Running back C.J. Anderson and the Broncos' top blockers are expected to start. Kubiak is throwing rookies Ty Sambrailo (left tackle) and Max Garcia (left guard) into the fire after listing each among the first team on the depth chart Denver released Wednesday.

Defensively, the Broncos will also be shorthanded with 75% of its starting linebacker corps out of the game. That said, the one "normal" starter who is expected to play - Von Miller - is as explosive a rusher as the Seahawks may face all year long. Further, the Broncos' invested a first round pick in former Missouri defensive end Shane Ray and the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year has the first step to give Seattle's shuffled offensive line quite a challenge, as well.

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