Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren said Patrick Kerney will definitely miss Sunday’s game against Philadelphia. Talking during his weekly show with KIRO-AM this morning, Holmgren said Kerney will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to get checked out by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on Kerney during the offseason, to get a second opinion.
Kerney suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder during a playoff game against the Washington Redskins last year. He leads the team in sacks with five.
"He was pretty sore yesterday," Holmgren told KIRO. "He improved over the day before, but he’s pretty sore. And then we’ll have a pretty good idea of where it sits probably next Tuesday."
Holmgren said he’s hopeful fullback Leonard Weaver (sore foot) can practice today and play on Sunday.
Listen to the interview in this audio link.
Linebacker Lofa Tatupu hasn’t practice all week, but because of commitment to studying film and preparing for the opponent Seattle coach Mike Holmgren feels comfortable starting Tatupu if he’s physically ready to go, according to Frank Hughes.
Mora talks to reporters after practice on Wednesday, but refused to address the University of Washington coaching situation, saying his focus is on Philadelphia.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says the Eagles, last in the NFC East, could be the top team in the NFC West.
Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the tight end L.J. Smith is still groggy from the hit by Atlanta safety Lawyer Malloy, and has not practiced all week.
Defensively, receivers_will_test_Eaglesdefense.html”>the Eagles will keep their eye on tight end John Carlson, reports Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Roy Johnson of Yahoo Sports asks if Philadelphia is the N.Y. Giants of 2009.
A scouting report on the Hawks-Eagles game.
San Francisco 49ers
The Mike Singletary show continues. Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on the newly hired coach dropping his pants during halftime of the 49ers-Seahawks game to make a point on how his team was playing – not good.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat answers why we should care about the pants-dropping incident and other readers questions in this Q&A.
San Francisco players rally around tight end Vernon Davis, saying the perception of Davis as a selfish player is not true.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic discusses the role an interim coach plays in trying to salvage a season, looking at Rams coach Jim Hasslett and Singletary.
Linebacker Karlos Dansby is playing well. He’s performing under the franchise tag this season and will be an unrestricted free agent next year. Can the Cardinals keep him, Darren Urban of azcardinals.com asks.
More Urban: If rookie Tim Hightower becomes the starter, his special teams play will dwindle.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams’ secondary will face a tough task in defending Arizona’s big receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin this week.
Running back Stephen Jackson practiced on Thursday, but still remains a game-time decision.
Defensive tackle Adam Carriker (ankle) and defensive end Leonard Little (hamstring) also will be game-time decisions.