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Friday, August 2, 2013
Around the NFC West: Injuries everywhere

By Mike Sando


The St. Louis Rams should be looking over their shoulders. Significant injuries are striking every other team in the division, but so far, the Rams have come out mostly OK, save for Lance Kendricks' situation predating camp.

Bernie Miklasz has some thoughts on that from a Rams perspective in his daily video report for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Seattle Seahawks recently lost Percy Harvin to season-altering and perhaps season-ending hip surgery. The San Francisco 49ers, having already lost receiver Michael Crabtree for the season, lost cornerback Chris Culliver to a torn ACL. Linebacker Patrick Willis is also hurting with a broken hand.

Meanwhile, in Arizona, the Cardinals will find out whether nose tackle Dan Williams suffered a serious knee injury in practice Thursday. Reports suggest a teammate landed on the back of Williams' leg during a pileup. Williams was a first-round pick in 2010 and a projected starter this season.

We've debated in recent months which team appears best positioned to win the NFC West in 2013. The injury Crabtree suffered during organized team activities highlighted the role injuries play in such matters. From that point forward, I felt as though Seattle and San Francisco remained the favorites, with injuries likely to prove decisive. The Seahawks and 49ers were quite healthy until late last season.