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Monday, August 12, 2013
Around the NFC West: Successful start

By Mike Sando

Good morning, NFC West. The first round of exhibition games for 2013 were a success around here for two reasons. One, teams from the division avoided season-altering injuries. Two, three-fourths of the division remained a safe distance from Bernie Kosar.



Most of the injury news has been positive or better than feared.

St. Louis Rams right tackle Rodger Saffold (shoulder) and Seattle Seahawks left guard James Carpenter (foot) are expected back after another couple weeks or so.

The San Francisco 49ers activated incumbent No. 2 running back Kendall Hunter from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Hunter was already counting against the 90-man roster limit. His activation from PUP means Hunter passed a physical examination. It means he won't be eligible for PUP consideration during the regular season and will count against the 53-man limit once it goes into effect Aug. 31. That was the plan all along for Hunter.

In Arizona, the Cardinals remain short-handed at running back, but they suffered no new injuries of note at the position while generally leaving a positive overall impression during a 17-0 victory at Green Bay.

None of the division's on-field opponents inflicted as much punishment as Kosar delivered against the Rams from his seat in the Browns' preseason broadcast booth Thursday night. The performance was harsh enough for Browns president Joe Banner to issue an apology. Kosar called Rams coach Jeff Fisher separately.

This should be the last we hear from Kosar in the NFC West. The Browns conclude their preseason schedule with games against Detroit, Indianapolis and Chicago.