He says he’s not bitter about how his career ended in Dallas, but running back Julius Jones cannot hide his excitement in returning to face his former team on Thanksgiving Day this Thursday. Jones’ return to Dallas was the main story today, as several papers, both here and in Dallas, wrote features about Jones’ departure and Marion Barber’s ascension to the starting spot.
Frank Hughes of the TNT writes that Jones still faces a similar issue in Seattle, where he now shares carries with Maurice Morris. That could change in 2009, though.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says revenge will be a factor in Jones’ motivation to play well against his former team.
Jones tells Dallas reporters, including Brian Davis of the Dallas Morning News, that he had this game circled for months.
Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says Jones departure from Dallas was inevitable.
The Seahawks keep plunging to new depths. Matt Hasselbeck is the league’s lowest-rated passer this season, reports Gregg Bell of the Associated Press.
The Seahawks face Tony Romo again, nearly two years after the a mishandled snap on a late field goal attempt led to a Seattle playoff victory in the NFC Wild card game.
Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News says Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware knows he’ll have his work cut out for him in facing Seattle defensive tackle Watler Jones.
Rick Herrin of the Fort Worth Star Telegram provides a preview of Thursday game.
ESPN’s Mike Sando talks about the NFC West with KJR’s Ian Furness, including the Matt Hasselbeck rumor that he could be moving on at the end of this season, in this audio link.
Nate Burlseon does his weekly radio show with KJR’s Dave "Softy" Mahler in this audio link.
San Francisco 49ers
From Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronilce on interim coaches. Since 2003, the six interim coaches in the NFL combined for an 11-22 mark. None reached the playoffs. None was hired as a full-time replacement. It doesn’t look good for 49ers interim head coach Mike Singeltary.
More from Gay: Niners Running back Roger Craig is a semifinalist for the NFL Hall of Fame.
The Rams pluck linebacker Larry Grant from the 49ers practice squad, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic pulls an interesting statistic, courtesy of a scouting report this morning at philly.com. According to STATS Inc., Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has been blitzed 135 times this season and has completed 96 passes, with 10 TDs, one inteception and four sacks.
More Somers: The Cardinals do not intend to abandon the running game.
Both the Cardinals and the Eagles did some advance scout work to prepare for Thursday’s game heading into a short week, Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic reports.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com discusses the inevitability of aging veterans being replaced by younger players.
St. Louis Rams
Despite tearing one of the muscles in his hamstring Rams defensive end Leonard Little continues to play.
The Rams make several roster moves with the end of the season nearing. St. Louis cuts starting fullback Dan Kreider and places starting center Nick Leckey (broken foot) on injured reserve. Replacing them on the active roster are center Cory Withrow and outside linebacker Larry Grant.
Rams running back Stephen Jackson and offensive tackle Orlando Pace practiced today. Jackson has missed four of the last five games with a hamstring injury.