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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Around the NFC West: Kennison still speedy

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says 35-year-old Eddie Kennison can still run a 40-yard dash in the 4.4-second range. Kennison, re-signed by the Rams, could play for them against the Giants in Week 2. The Rams drafted Kennison in 1996.

Also from Thomas: Torry Holt expects continued double coverage. The Eagles shut him down in the opener.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Kennison's only 1,000-yard seasons came with Al Saunders calling the plays in 2004 and 2005.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune wonders if this is going to be the Cardinals' year, finally. He cites Seattle's issues at receiver and Matt Hasselbeck's back issues as potential reasons for the Seahawks' demise.

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com says the Cardinals' opening-game victory was huge because Arizona won on the road. Even coach Ken Whisenhunt calls it a "very big deal" given how infrequently the Cardinals have won road openers.

David Fucillo of Niners Nation was impressed watching 49ers linebacker Paryls Haralson collect 2 1/2 sacks against the Cardinals. Was it a one-game deal, or a sign of things to come?

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says Alex Smith and the 49ers are still awaiting word on Smith's shoulder injury.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers expects Smith to land on injured reserve today. He also expects the 49ers to sign veteran Jamie Martin.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic touches on the balance the Cardinals are seeking between Kurt Warner the gunslinger and Kurt Warner the technician. Somers also wasn't surprised to see Whisenhunt go for it on fourth down.

Danny O'Neil and Jose Romero of the Seattle Times say Seahawks guard Rob Sims might have suffered a season-ending pectoral injury. Floyd Womack would start at right guard if Sims became unavailable. Womack's injury history would be a concern. Seattle already lost veteran backup Chris Gray to a career-ending injury.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer revisits Mike Holmgren's comments about players having to earn their place on the 53-man roster every week. The comments rang true when Seattle made several roster moves.

Also from Farnsworth: A blurb on Sims likely landing on injured reserve.