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Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin says he’ll ‘pray’ for Packers rookie center Corey Linsley on opening night

09/03/2014 at 8:34 am By

hi-res-0f5b03a876abe0c0f9b980926ed82e66_crop_northThe Green Bay Packers will be travelling to Seattle to face the defending Super Bowl champ Seahawks Thursday night, with inexperienced rookie Corey Linsley starting at center.

Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin indicated Tuesday that the rookie might need some divine assistance when facing Seattle’s top-ranked defense.

“I’m going to pray for him,” Irvin stated. “It’s going to be a long night, man. We’ve got to just take advantage of it.”

Linsley was pressed into duty when Packers designated starter JC Tretter suffered a fractured knee during the preseason. The fifth round pick out of Ohio State will be lined up directly in front of one of the league’s best tackles in Brandon Mebane, and will also have to deal with the loudest stadium in the NFL.

“All the weaknesses that [Linsley] shows us, we’ve got to expose it,” Irvin told reporters. “Hopefully, Bane going to do what I know he’s going to do to him. So, we’ve just got to be ready.”

The Packers intend to run a lot of no-huddle to counteract Seattle’s crowd noise and pass-rush, which could lead to a lot of mis-communication between Linsley and Aaron Rodgers.

Not only is it shaping up to be a long night for Linsley but for Rodgers as well, which isn’t good news for a Packers team that lost their star quarterback for the majority of the 2013 season.

-ALR

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