Friday, July 26, 2013
Around the NFC West: Frenzied beginning
By Mike Sando
Good morning, NFC West.
The San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams opened training camps Thursday. The Arizona Cardinals will follow suit with a first practice scheduled for 2 p.m. local time Friday.
The division is already making headlines.
The Cardinals announced deals with veterans John Abraham and Eric Winston. They also cut projected starting outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield while announcing rookie receiver Ryan Swope's concussion-induced retirement.
Tarell Brown, cornerback for the 49ers, was in the news unexpectedly when Brian McIntyre reported Brown had unwittingly lost $2 million in salary simply by failing to show up for the team's offseason program.
The hip injury preventing Percy Harvin from practicing with the Seahawks was the biggest story of them all even though it's tough to know whether Harvin will miss an extended time.
One of the more positive NFC West developments slid a bit under the radar. James Carpenter, the Seahawks' first-round pick in 2011, participated fully in practice after battling a career-threatening knee injury over his first two seasons. Having a healthy and productive Carpenter would count as a significant bonus for Seattle. His situation is one to watch as camp progresses.