Preseason returns tonight

AP

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, the 2011 NFL preseason opens tonight.  Five games will be played, with the Seahawks and Chargers kicking off at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Thirty minutes earlier, the Pats host the Jags and the Eagles open at home against the Ravens.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., the Broncos face the Cowboys in Dallas.  At 10:00 p.m. ET, the Cardinals and the Raiders square off in Oakland.

We’ll all get our first look at Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice with Seattle, and Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert will get a baptism by fire in Foxboro.  The Dream Team debuts, Tim Tebow tries to stay above the bottom rung of the depth chart for Denver, and Kevin Kolb makes his debut with the Cardinals.

If/when injuries happen or other noteworthy developments occur, we’ll be giving you the updates right here, all night.