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Thursday, October 30, 2008
NFC West: Injury situations that matter

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Arizona: The situation at tight end remains less than ideal while Leonard Pope and Ben Patrick recover from injuries. The offense becomes a little more predictable without them, but quarterback Kurt Warner is playing well enough to make it work. A groin injury continues to limit pass rusher Travis LaBoy, possibly putting additional pressure on Bert Berry. Overall, the Cardinals are relatively healthy.

St. Louis: Leonard Little's hamstring situation stands out as the most significant injury facing the Rams in Week 9. The pass rush isn't the same without him. Running back Steven Jackson sounds more optimistic about returning this week, but the Rams are calling his status a game-time decision. This one is difficult to predict. Cornerback Tye Hill could return in a diminished role. Depth on the defensive line has been a strength, but not so much if Little and Adam Carriker miss the game. Injuries limited both in practice Thursday.

Seattle: Matt Hasselbeck and Deion Branch will miss at least another week, no surprise. Patrick Kerney's shoulder injury stands out as the most significant new injury facing Seattle. The Seahawks can't replace what he brings to their pass rush. Kerney injured the left shoulder surgeons repaired during the offseason. Additional tests could determine how much time he'll miss. The Seahawks expect middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu to play, but injuries are mounting.