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Originally published September 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM | Page modified September 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

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Seahawks know they have to give Russell Wilson better protection | Notebook

Expect a steady diet of blitzes from Dallas in this week's game.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — The challenge will be apparent as soon as the Dallas Cowboys line up on defense — with DeMarcus Ware ready to apply pressure from the outside.

But rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is also going to be looking for opportunities, because the likelihood of steady Dallas blitzes will create some chances.

"They bring different types of pressure just like Arizona did," Wilson said. "We just have to be prepared for it, and when we have that opportunity to block it up, there's a lot of green grass behind it so we have to capitalize on it."

Seattle had only one play of more than 20 yards in the season opener: a 27-yard completion to tight end Zach Miller.

Increasing the big-play production is going to take time. Specifically, Seattle needs to give Wilson more of it in the pocket.

"We have to give the quarterback a little bit more of a chance," coach Pete Carroll said.

Notes

• Left tackle Russell Okung returned to practice Thursday, but was limited by a sore knee.

• Receiver Sidney Rice sat out practice for the second straight day with a sore knee; after TE Miller was limited on Wednesday with a sore foot, he sat out Thursday's workout entirely.

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