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Seattle's Kitna To Start Vs. 49ers

The quarterback of the future will start for the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday's preseason game against San Francisco, while Warren Moon -- the quarterback of the present -- rides the bench.

Unheralded Jon Kitna will get his second consecutive start when the Seahawks (2-0) play in the American Bowl game at Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 41-year-old Moon, who ended a lengthy contract holdout Wednesday and was immediately anointed the regular-season starter, will not play, coach Dennis Erickson said.

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  • Kitna, whose remarkable string of preseason performances earned him a place on the roster last season, said his goal was to play well against the 49ers' first team.

    "This is one of the elite teams year in and year out," Kitna said of the 49ers. "Saturday is another test I have to go through. I want to show what I am doing is not a fluke."

    The first contract holdout of Moon's 20-year pro career allowed Kitna and John Friesz more than three weeks of training camp work with Seattle's first team. Friesz will play the second half Saturday.

    Kitna started in last weekend's victory over Indianapolis, completing 9 of 13 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.

    Kitna was an undrafted free agent out of Central Washington last year and is earning the league minimum of $216,000.

    Moon's return killed any prospect that Kitna might be the regular-season starter. Moon said he planned to talk with Kitna prior to the 49ers game.

    "He's doing a good job right now," Moon said. "It's a tough situation for anybody."

    Erickson expects the 49ers defense to aggressively attack Kitna.

    "They're going to blitz. It's part of their package," Erickson said.

    Defensive tackle Sam Adams, who sstained an ankle injury Tuesday, was back practicing Thursday and will play Saturday, Erickson said.

    Linebacker Chad Brown has tender ribs from a strain but also will play, Erickson said.

    Coach Steve Mariucci said San Francisco (1-1) won't play receiver Jerry Rice, who is recovering from knee surgery, until the regular season opener Sept. 6.

    This is the first NFL game played in British Columbia, and is the second time the Seahawks have played in the American Bowl series. They lost to Denver in the 1990 game in Tokyo.

    San Francisco is 3-3 in American Bowl games.

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