Some links to chew on this morning.
Quarterback Matt Hasselback and defensive end Patrick Kerney are likely out this week, although Hasselback may practice in a limited capacity this week, reports Frank Hughes. Kerney is having exploratory surgery on his re-injured shoulder and might be out for the year.
Dave Boling says the prudent thing to do is to let Hasselbeck heal up for the rest of the season and not get injured further in some meaningless games at the end of the year.
An interesting take on the Seahawks situation from Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly.
Coach Mike Holmgren has run out of motivational speeches, but says the team will continue to work hard to turnaround the season. Seattle is 2-6 at the midpoint of the season for the sixth time in team history, reports Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald.
San Francisco 49ers
Some news and notes from Mike Singletary’s press conference on Monday, including the 49ers releasing former Seahawks fullback David Kirtman and signing blocking tight end Sean Ryan.
Apparently Singletary has called off the search for the individual who leaked the locker room story of the coach pulling down his pants as a motivational ploy during halftime of the game against the Seahawks.
Also, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that quarterback Alex Smith had surgery to remove a small piece of bone from is broken shoulder this week, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt defends making rookie Tim Hightower the starter over veteran Edgerrin James.
Whisenhunt said the team still needs to define Edge’s role, particularly now that J.J. Arrington also is getting more carries than the veteran back.
Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers also offers some post-game takes on the Cardinals game, including an observation from one reporter that it may take only seven wins to take the NFC West.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says quarterback Kurt Warner is putting up MVP numbers.
St. Louis Rams
After not being able to go 100 percent last week, St. Louis Coach Jim Haslett vowed to make sure Jackson is healthy this week before deciding to play him. Jackson’s injury, along with injuries to running backs Antonio Pittman and Travis Minor, limited the Rams’ play-calling.
Receiver Drew Bennett and returner Dante Hall are done for the year.