It's here -- finally. The season opener.
We're here in the press box at Qwest Field in Seattle, and you'll be happy to know it's a crystal clear day with temperatures in the 70s. So, the conditions won't be an issue today.
We'll be updating you on developments throughout the day in the comments section below. Feel free to follow along.
As for what we can tell you right now, here's the latest regarding the lineup. For the Bucs, the inactive players today are offensive linemen Anthony Davis and Dan Buenning, defensive tackle Ryan Sims, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, cornerback Anthony Madison, defensive end Patrick Chukwurah and quarterback Chris Simms. Trotter is not a surprise because he is still unfamiliar with the defensive system after signing a contract on Monday.
Interesting decision to leave Davis inactive. That means the Bucs will likely look to Donald Penn to come off the bench at tackle and, most likely, Matt Lehr at guard.
Also, a few interesting moves in the starting lineup. Kevin Carter is starting over Gaines Adams at right defensive end, with Greg Spires on the left. Tanard Jackson, as expected, starts at free safety over Will Allen. Michael Pittman will start at fullback over B.J. Askew and Ike Hilliard starts at flanker rather than Maurice Stovall or David Boston.
Also, for the Seahawks, Ellis Wyms is inactive today. He signed with Seattle shortly after being released by the Bucs last weekend.
(pictured: Jeff Garcia, right. Times photo - Brendan Fitterer. Click to enlarge.)