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Monday, December 1, 2008
Around the NFC West: Haslett lauds Jackson

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rams coach Jim Haslett clarified remarks he made about Steven Jackson's ability to play a full game. Haslett to reporters in St. Louis:

"I said this yesterday and it got blown out of proportion, he got sore about the 30th play and started dragging a little bit, but his conditioning is actually fine. He did a great job on that, but you could tell he hadn't played in a month and he was a little sore. I commend him for fighting through it and trying to get in there in play. He did a good job when he was in there."

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Antonio Pittman must catch the ball more effectively to become Jackson's backup for the long term.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat expects the 49ers to re-sign linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who cleared waivers.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wonders whether Aubrayo Franklin played one of his best games against Buffalo. The Bills have had issues at center.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com isn't expecting to see more Edgerrin James in the Cardinals' ground game anytime soon. His source is a good one: head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic touches on James and new punter Ben Graham. The Cardinals also brought in Tom Rouen and Durant Brooks for punting tryouts. Rouen tried out in Arizona last season as well.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says starting offensive linemen Chris Spencer and Mike Wahle might be headed for injured reserve. Starting guard Rob Sims is already there.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says Leroy Hill could miss the Seahawks' game against the Patriots after suffering a stinger injury.