Friday, September 16, 2011
Injury thoughts on Sidney Rice, NFC West
By Mike Sando
Three late-week thoughts on developing injury situations:
- The Seattle Seahawks listed receiver Sidney Rice as "out" for their game against Pittsburgh. Rice had been a limited participant in practice this week. I can see why the team wouldn't want to throw its highest-priced free-agent addition onto the field against James Harrison and Troy Polamalu in what would have been Rice's first game since the third week of preseason. Rice's shoulder will presumably let him play when Seattle opens its NFC West schedule against Arizona in Week 3.
- The Cardinals are listing running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hand) and linebacker Daryl Washington (calf) as questionable. Neither practiced this week. Stephens-Howling is most valuable on special teams. Putting him on the field with a hand injury would compromise ball security on returns and on offense. Arizona would miss Washington, who is becoming a big-play threat on defense.
- Seattle is moving Robert Gallery back into the lineup at left guard, with James Carpenter moving back to right tackle. I'm not sure another lineup change is worth the payoff under the circumstances. This will be the 13th starting combination the Seahawks have used on their line since the 2010 opener.
- Michael Crabtree's availability to the San Francisco 49ers probably will not be known until 90 minutes before kickoff, when teams must declare inactive players. The 49ers ran only 12 snaps with three wide receivers in Week 1, the second-lowest figure in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They will presumably want to open up their offense against Dallas, at least to some degree, but their personnel gives them flexibility. Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker can both factor into the receiving game.
- The St. Louis Rams have more serious injuries than any NFC West team, but they aren't playing until Monday night.
All for now. Back soon, though.