The NFL released its preseason schedule Tuesday, and the Seattle Seahawks will be playing some familiar opponents this year.
If the ongoing labor dispute doesn’t last long enough to delay the start of the preseason, Seattle will start exhibition play on Aug. 11 in San Diego against the Chargers.
The Thursday night game will be nationally televised on ESPN, and it will mark the return of Seahawks quarterback Charlie White-hurst to San Diego. If free agent Matt Hasselbeck is not re-signed this offseason, Whitehurst could go into the game as Seattle’s starting quarterback.
The Seahawks follow that contest with a home game against the Minnesota Vikings on Aug. 20, travel to Denver to take on the Broncos on Aug. 27 and finish the preseason at home against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 1.
The Seahawks traditionally play several former AFC West rivals during the preseason.
The Hall of Fame game, which kicks off the preseason, will feature the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio. Among the seven members of the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame class are former Rams running back Marshall Faulk and former Bears defensive end Richard Dent.
Among the other nationally televised preseason g ames will be a matchup of Aaron Rodgers’ defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 26 on CBS. It falls in Week 3 of the preseason, when teams typically play their starters the longest.
PLAYERS’ ATTORNEYS MEET WITH MEDIATOR
With the lockout at one month and counting, attorneys for NFL players sat down with the federal magistrate who will oversee court-ordered mediation with the league later this week.
Attorneys and Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller met with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan for about four hours.
Boylan “was very open” and “it was a very constructive session,” said Michael Hausfeld, the lead attorney representing Eller and a group of mostly retired players in their antitrust lawsuit against the owners. Other attorneys declined comment.
The NFL’s attorneys are scheduled to meet with Boylan today before mediation begins on Thursday, the first talks since collective bargaining negotiations broke down March 11, followed hours later by the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987.