SEATTLE — A day that began with some prominent subtractions from Seattle's roster ended with a definitive statement: Rookie Russell Wilson will start the season at quarterback.

SEATTLE — A day that began with some prominent subtractions from Seattle's roster ended with a definitive statement: Rookie Russell Wilson will start the season at quarterback.

"He's earned this job," coach Pete Carroll said in a teleconference with reporters.

Wilson is who everyone is going to be talking about in Seattle this week as Carroll made official what became fairly obvious: Wilson's performance this month earned him the starting job ahead of Matt Flynn.

"It was a legitimate competition as we said from the beginning," Carroll said of Wilson. "With the opportunity he's taken advantage of, he deserves to start."

Wilson will start Thursday's exhibition finale against Oakland, and the season opener at Arizona on Sept. 9. The quarterback competition that began in May is over for now, and while Wilson won the job, Carroll took great pains to point out that Flynn did not lose it after the Seahawks signed him in the offseason from Green Bay.

"Matt Flynn has done a great job for us in every way," Carroll said.

There was also the matter of last week's elbow injury, which couldn't have come at a worse time for Flynn. He couldn't practice Wednesday and wasn't able to play in Friday's game when Carroll planned for him to enter in the third quarter and get at least one series with the rest of Seattle's starters in Kansas City.