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Starters to play at least one series vs. Seahawks

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 24: Philip Rivers
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 24: Philip Rivers

The Los Angeles Chargers open their preseason at home against the Seattle Seahawks.

Football is back! The Chargers will host the Seahawks on Sunday, Aug. 13. The game will be played at the StubHub Center, the Chargers’ new stadium which holds roughy 30,000 people.

According to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams, head coach Anthony Lynn will play his starters for a series or two, with quarterback Philip Rivers only playing the first drive.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Philip Rivers will play just one series against the Seahawks, while rest…

— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) August 11, 2017

Preseason games are meaningless for the most part. In the Chargers’ case, it’ll be the first time playing in their new home (excluding their first joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams) with a new head coach, so it’ll be interesting to see what the energy level is like and how quickly the Chargers adapt.

Not only that, but the Chargers have a somewhat deep roster and there are plenty of position battles going on. Because of that, few of the initial “starters” may not be the actual starters come Week 1, which makes the preseason games a bit exciting.

Some of those position battles include the interior offensive line, the backup running back job, the nickel corner job, the starting free safety gig, the starting kicker job and the punt and kick returner jobs.

Overall, let’s hope the players come out healthy. Several players (RB Branden Oliver, TE Jeff Cumberland and OG Donavon Clark) suffered injuries during last year’s preseason and ended up missing the entire regular season. The Chargers already lost 2017 second-round pick OL Forrest Lamp (torn ACL) for the season, while 2017 first-round pick WR Mike Williams is still on the physically unable to perform list rehabbing his injured back.