NFC West: Injury situations that matter

October, 12, 2011
10/12/11
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Arizona: The Cardinals' bye week helps more from a practice standpoint than an injury standpoint. Arizona needs the work without having to focus on the next opponent so much. Free safety Kerry Rhodes is expected to miss several weeks with a broken foot suffered at Minnesota. Left guard Daryn Colledge suffered a concussion against the Vikings. The bye week should help Beanie Wells (hamstring), Brandon Keith (knee), Todd Heap (hamstring) and others get through injuries that have bothered them recently.

St. Louis: The Rams' injuries at cornerback are old news, but worth mentioning given their matchup Sunday against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Starters Ron Bartell (neck) and Bradley Fletcher (knee) are out for the season, as is projected third corner Jerome Murphy (ankle). That means Justin King and Al Harris are the likely starters. Another corner, Josh Gordy, missed practice Wednesday to attend a family funeral. A hamstring injury sidelined guard Jacob Bell. Tony Wragge would start in his place if necessary. Tight end Mike Hoomanawanui (concussion) and defensive end James Hall (back) were limited. With receiver Danny Amendola out for the season, rookie Austin Pettis becomes the primary slot receiver. His development is key.

San Francisco: The 49ers got nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga back from a staph infection, restoring depth to their defensive line. Cornerback Shawntae Spencer's expected return from a toe injury could send rookie Chris Culliver to the sideline. Culliver got good experience against Tampa Bay, picking off a pass. He should be in better position to help the team in the future, if needed. The situation at wide receiver remains dicey with Braylon Edwards still out and Josh Morgan landing on injured reserve. The 49ers already favored personnel groupings with two tight ends. That should continue. Ted Ginn Jr. becomes a starter. Morgan was an excellent blocker and physical player overall. Guard Mike Iupati, affected by a neck injury in recent weeks, missed practice and reportedly had a wrap on his knee.

Seattle: The Seahawks did not make coach Pete Carroll available following practice Wednesday, presumably because the team was not yet prepared to discuss the pending trade involving Aaron Curry. As a result, injury news was scarcer than usual, even for a bye week. Center Max Unger continues to wear a boot on his injured foot, but line coach Tom Cable indicated that Unger should be available next week. We won't know until next week whether quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) and tight end Zach Miller (neck) will return quickly. Jackson was at practice Wednesday, but did not formally participate. I did not see Miller in attendance. Receiver Mike Williams was back on the practice field this week after missing one game with a concussion. The team has enough young depth at the position to function without him.

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