Aaron Rodgers continues to enjoy a summer carryover fro...

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Aaron Rodgers continues to enjoy a summer carryover from his first Pro Bowl season for Green Bay.

Seattle's rollicking summer with new coach Pete Carroll just got its first big concern.

Rodgers was 8 for 11 for 116 yards and two touchdowns in one, easy quarter. Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck was 11 for 15 for 127 yards with a score in a redeeming first half, but the Seahawks could be without rookie sixth-overall pick Russell Okung for a while because of an injured right ankle sustained early in the Packers' 27-24 preseason victory Saturday night.

The left tackle who got a guaranteed $29 million this month from the Seahawks to replace retired All-Pro Walter Jones left for good after one drive with what coach Pete Carroll said could be a high right ankle sprain. That injury sometimes involves two months or more of recovery time.

Seattle's starting defense, which was ransacked most of last season, allowed 264 yards and 17 in the first half.

Green Bay's first play was an exquisitely thrown bootleg pass for 56 yards to a diving Greg Jennings, who beat first-round pick Earl Thomas. Rodgers had his second incompletion in 15 preseason throws when Seattle's Red Bryant deflected a pass at the line, but followed that with a 12-yard completion to Jermichael Finley on third down to the Seahawks 1. Then, Rodgers threw another bootleg pass to wide-open fullback John Kuhn for an easy touchdown.

Rodgers' second touchdown pass of the opening quarter came while victimizing Thomas again. Seattle's rookie ran up hard to join Lawyer Milloy in covering the same receiver, leaving tight end Finley alone down the middle for a 12-yard touchdown catch and a 14-7 lead for Green Bay. Milloy was yelling and pointing at Thomas after the play.

Former New York Jets All-Pro Leon Washington, making his Seattle debut, scored his first touchdown since breaking two bones in his leg 10 months ago. And Hasselbeck, upstaged by new backup Charlie Whitehurst last week against Tennessee, established a rhythm he and Seattle's offense has mostly lacked in his last two injury-filled seasons while leading two touchdown drives in the opening half.

Whitehurst was 9 for 20 for 73 yards with two interceptions while playing the second half. He threw a go-ahead touchdown pass of 3 yards to Ben Obomanu late in the third quarter.

Washington bolted out of the tunnel to the opposite end zone while leading his new teammates onto the field before kickoff. Then he bolted through the line unlike any back Seattle has had in years on an 11-yard touchdown run that tied it at 14 early in the second quarter.

He was then mobbed by teammates and the always excited Carroll, who's been eager to see if Washington was ready to lead the competition to become Seattle's lead running back.

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