Seahawks rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin could start in Week 1

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Shaquem Griffin (Getty Images)

Shaquem Griffin may start in the Seahawks’ regular-season opener.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters that linebacker K.J. Wright underwent a knee procedure Monday. Carroll said Griffin could take Wright’s place in the starting lineup if he isn’t ready to play in Week 1.

“At this point today, (Griffin’s) got to be ready,” Carroll said (via USA Today’s Seahawks Wire). “We don’t have any choice for that thought right now until we know more. So, we’ll see how it goes.”

Griffin, who was forced to have his left hand amputated at age four, was selected by Seattle out of Central Florida in the fifth round of the 2018 draft. He has tallied 18 solo tackles in three preseason games.

Griffin’s brother, Shaquill, is entering his second season as a defensive back with the Seahawks.

The Seahawks will finish preseason play against the Raiders on Thursday. They’ll face the Broncos in Week 1 action Sept. 9.