Around the NFC West: Hasselbeck's back issues
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Frank Hughes of Seahawks Insider says quarterback Matt Hasselbeck left practice this morning when his back tightened up again.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says first-round draft choice Lawrence Jackson continues working with the first-team offense, which means lining up against Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones. Welcome to the NFL, kid. Update: O'Neil also says the Seattle offense stayed after practice to work on the screen pass, which mysteriously disappeared from the team's repertoire several years ago.
Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Seahawks defensive back Jordan Babineaux beat a Champions Tour golfer in a closest-to-the-pin competition. Babineaux stuck his shot within 5 feet. The Seahawks sponsor a Champions Tour event at Snoqualmie Ridge.
Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says Anquan Boldin's latest comments tarnish his reputation. Bordow: "Boldin's latest blast is clearly a Drew Rosenhaus production. Rosenhaus' clients often start foaming at the mouth when they're unhappy. Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs ripped coach Lovie Smith, Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Johnson took on the entire organization, and now Boldin is trying to force his way out. It's blackmail, pure and simple."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals don't want cornerback Lito Sheppard from the Eagles as part of any Boldin trade. The Eagles are on the Cardinals' schedule this season.
Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers fights through lame quarterback quotes before fielding questions, including one from a reader who recalled a June 26 blog entry that listed J.T. O'Sullivan as something less than a likely starter. O'Sullivan has gone from have a good chance of making the roster to starting the third exhibition game, all in less than two months.
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, the Rams are resting left tackle Orlando Pace, who remains sore after extensive playing time in two exhibition games. Pace is returning from shoulder surgery. Here's what coach Scott Linehan told reporters today:
"It is more just that he has been playing and played a lot. He used his arms and shoulders really well this last game and just felt sore. There is no reoccurrence of any injuries. It is just, he is sore. The guy really hadn't played live until this last two preseason games. A little in the scrimmages down in Tennessee, but other than that, he was pretty physical, he was out there for 40-something plays, which was good."
And in New England, the Patriots released former Seahawks tight end Marcus Pollard. Coach Bill Belichick put it this way when speaking with reporters:
I'm heading out to 49ers practice and will check back in a bit.
"I think with Marcus it wasn't really going to work out here the way that we had hoped and he had hoped. At the same time, there are still a couple preseason games left and time before the season opener and I think there are some other teams that are looking for tight ends and maybe there is a better opportunity for him somewhere else. That is for him to determine, but rather than do it on the last cut, his options will be more limited. We felt like in fairness to him and out of respect for Marcus and what he has done in his career, he's had an outstanding career, coming from a small school and has become a very productive player and he deserved that."