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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Around the NFC West: Cardinals QB follow-up

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals haven't announced how they'll play their quarterbacks in the final exhibition game. The depth chart remains unchanged for now, with Matt Leinart starting ahead of Kurt Warner. Also, center Al Johnson will miss the regular-season opener, leaving Lyle Sendlein as the starter at San Francisco on Sept. 7.

Mitch Levy of KRJ radio in Seattle joins Hugh Millen in breaking down all things Seahawks, including Mike Tirico's on-air comments about Seattle-area media. Note: This links to audio.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee takes an in-depth look at the 49ers' offensive linemen. Rookie Cody Wallace has improved, but he doesn't fit the 49ers' established prototypes at the position. Fellow rookie Chilo Rachal looks like a future starter.

Also from Barrows: Alex Smith says he trusts coach Mike Nolan's explanation for comments made to SI.com's Peter King.

Also from Barrows: Bryant Johnson was back at practice today.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers predicts the 53-man roster for the 49ers. He sees evidence the 49ers want to keep Ashley Lelie as the sixth receiver, based on Lelie's speed. He thinks Mike Martz might want to move Delanie Walker from tight end to receiver. Maiocco also gives a roster spot for Keith Lewis at the expense of Marcus Hudson. And he thinks another team will claim Jay Moore off waivers.

Dan Brown of 49ers Hot Read joins Maiocco in spelling out King's interpretation of what Nolan told him about the 49ers' quarterbacks.