Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Around the NFC West: Bradford in a boot
By Mike Sando
Sam Bradford made it through a full game just 21 days after suffering a high-ankle sprain.
The St. Louis Rams' quarterback is paying the price, however.
Kathleen Nelson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Bradford was wearing a boot to immobilize the ankle Monday. Nelson: "Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Bradford's participation in practice Wednesday would depend on how the left ankle responds to treatment. He called Bradford's performance Sunday 'admirable' and said he 'showed tremendous courage,' completing 23 of 36 passes for 255 yards." Noted: Getting Bradford back was nice, but there was no real payoff. The offense managed only three field goals. The team lost to an opponent that was riding a six-game losing streak. Bradford emerged from the game with significant soreness.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams had no regrets about punting to the Cardinals' Patrick Peterson in overtime, even after Peterson's 99-yard return beat them. Spagnuolo also said he was OK covering Larry Fitzgerald with a linebacker on the Cardinals' tying touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. And, on the fourth-and-1 play, he was OK running the same play that failed on third-and-1. Noted: We'll find out whether the Rams had regrets when the teams play again later in the season. If the game goes to overtime and the Rams have to punt, I would almost guarantee they'll punt the ball out of bounds.
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says the team is down to its third slot receiver after losing Danny Amendola and then rookie Greg Salas to season-ending injuries.
Howard Balzer of 101ESPN St. Louis says the Rams are banged up and will probably activate receiver Mark Clayton from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday.
Steve Corkran of Bay Area News Group offers a 49ers injury update. Frank Gore says his ankle isn't injured too badly. Ray McDonald says he expects to return from a hamstring injury this week. Also: Coach Jim Harbaugh took players to Arlington National Cemetary the day before playing the Redskins. Harbaugh: "I just thought it would be neat for the fellas and myself, the team, and we were practicing very near there. ... Our guys were really moved. They really appreciated what they were witnessing, what they were able to be a part of. It was a good, positive thing for us."
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers were methodical in their defeat of the Redskins.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle passes along a transcript from Tom Rathman's interview session. The 49ers' running backs coach says the team wants to dominate. Rathman: "We want to take guys out. We want to hurt guys. We want to win. We just want to dominate, hit them in the mouth."
Brady Henderson of 710ESPN Seattle says the Seahawks weren't able to get into no-huddle mode extensively against the Cowboys because doing so would have compromised their ability to block DeMarcus Ware, according to coach Pete Carroll.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times offers thoughts on the Seahawks' performance against Dallas, including this one on left guard Robert Gallery: "The man who was supposed to be the answer at left guard has had some very questionable play the past two games. A pancake is one of the top accomplishments for an offensive lineman. To be pancaked is a pretty serious problem, and Gallery was put on his back in the first quarter by DeMarcus Ware. He was also penalized for holding, a call that stalled a third-quarter drive, and a false start. Hesuffered groin and knee injuries in August, and he appeared to suffer a leg injury last Sunday against Cincinnati, and while he returned to the field, he certainly isn't playing like someone who's completely healthy."
Also from O'Neil: The Seahawks have struggled to finish games. They've been within a touchdown of their opponents in fourth quarters of five defeats this season.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune passes along notes from Pete Carroll's news conference. Sidney Rice and Mike Williams could be limited in practice.
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says there's no quarterback debate in Arizona if Kevin Kolb is healthy enough to play. Bickley: "To bench him before his first professional homecoming would be emasculating and potentially devastating. In the larger picture, the team needs a fuller portrait of Kolb before next season, before he is due a $7 million roster bonus. Kolb already received a $10 million bonus as part of his contract extension in August, along with a guaranteed salary of $2 million in 2011."
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals know they are stepping up in class against Philadelphia. Darnell Dockett: "We're fortunate and we're blessed and we're going to enjoy the win because it was a great team win. But we need to get back focused on a higher opponent. No disrespect to the Rams, but now we've got to play a team that's loaded, name-wise, and we've got to be focused and get back to work."
Also from McManaman: The Cardinals do not yet know if Kolb will play Sunday.