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Around the NFC West: Boldin resting injury

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals' Anquan Boldin (shoulder) and J.J. Arrington (knee) missed practice. Boldin suffered the injury when the Vikings stripped the ball from him. The Cardinals might be wise to rest Boldin given that they'll want him as healthy as possible for the playoffs.

Also from Somers: Sean Morey's selection to the Pro Bowl meant a great deal to the well-traveled special-teams standout. He thanked a long list of prominent former coaches, saving special thanks for his wife. Morey: "My wife, as a hockey player, she sacrificed her chances of winning an Olympic medal in hockey so I could live my dreams of playing in the NFL. And this sort of validated her sacrifices that she's made as an athlete so I could pursue my career."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says quarterback Alex Smith is "absolutely" willing to consider a reduced salary if it means returning to the 49ers next season. The identity of the next head coach could influence any moves at quarterback. Keeping Smith at a lower salary would seem to be a low-risk move. If he's going to develop, it might as well be with the team that drafted him first overall.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Smith seemed amused to hear the latest jabs from former 49ers coach Mike Nolan.

The Associated Press quotes Redskins linebacker London Fletcher complaining about his exclusion from the Pro Bowl. The 49ers' Patrick Willis is one of two inside linebackers on the Pro Bowl team. Fletcher never said Willis or Jon Beason were undeserving, but adding Fletcher would have meant subtracting someone else. Fletcher and the Redskins finish the regular season against the 49ers at Candlestick Park.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks do not expect Matt Hasselbeck, Leroy Hill or Sean Locklear to play Sunday. "Grim" was the word Mike Holmgren used to describe their outlooks.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Brett Favre doesn't know what to expect from Mike Holmgren in the future. Favre: "There's two ways to look at it, the first being he's too competitive to go out like this. Or, I could see Mike taking a step away and not having to worry about the everyday dealings with football. Which one he will take, I have no idea. I think quite honestly he deserves the right to do whatever he wants to do."

Note: Nothing from the Rams quite yet Wednesday.