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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Around the NFC West: Rush to buy Rams?

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com



Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts has joined radio personality Rush Limbaugh in making a bid to purchase the Rams. Thomas: "According to league sources, there are multiple bidders for the Rams as the potential sale of the team has advanced to a second stage — from looking for potential buyers to evaluating the merits of bidders. It is not known who the other bidders are." Limbaugh released this a statement to KMOX radio: "Dave and I are part of a bid to buy the Rams, and we are continuing the process. But I can say no more because of a confidentiality clause in our agreement with Goldman Sachs. We cannot and will not talk about our partners. But if we prevail we will be the operators of the team."

Kathleen Nelson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Marc Bulger did some throwing in an attempt to return to the Rams' lineup.

Also from Nelson: Look for Alex Barron to return to the starting lineup for the Rams at left tackle.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Michael Crabtree's camp hasn't scheduled a meeting with the team despite reports suggesting pending renewal of negotiations. "It's all speculation," general manager Scot McCloughan said. The initial report said Crabtree and his agent, Eugene Parker, were heading to the Bay Area to meet with the team, not that a meeting had been scheduled. Maiocco: "McCloughan said the club has learned that Parker is coming to the Bay Area through other parties, but nobody with the 49ers has spoken with Parker or Crabtree."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers would welcome Crabtree if the receiver did decide to sign with the team. Shaun Hill's next pass to Crabtree will be his first, the quarterback said.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers had little to say about news of Crabtree's potential arrival in the Bay Area.

Also from Crumpacker: A return to simplicity has served the 49ers well. Linebacker Takeo Spikes: "This is probably the most fun I've had since my Buffalo days," said linebacker Takeo Spikes, who was with the Bills from 2003 through '06. "There's so much love in this locker room. It's not an environment where you're walking on eggshells. When it's time to work, it's time to work. When it's time to play, go play. As long as you know where the line is between the two, there's no problem."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie welcomes quarterbacks to keep throwing his way. Probably best that he waited until after the Indianapolis game before making that statement. Not so good to say it before facing Andre Johnson, however. Rodgers-Cromartie: "I'm loving it. When they come at me, it makes me focus even more, and that's what I want. I want that challenge, because only two things can happen from it. Either I go into the doghouse or I can get better from it."

Also from Somers: The Cardinals aren't saying much about injuries because NFL rules require no formal updates until Wednesday. Rodgers-Cromartie does have a wrap on his hand, however.

More from Somers: The Cardinals are 0-2 under Ken Whisenhunt immediately following bye weeks.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals appeared "fresher" at practice following their bye, according to Whisenhunt. Also, Whisenhunt indicated Rodgers-Cromartie had fallen back into some bad habits.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says Matt Hasselbeck's potential return this week could restore "swagger" to the Seattle offense, according to coach Jim Mora.

Matt Pitman of 710ESPN Seattle provides a link to audio from Mora's news conference Monday.

Dave Wyman of 710ESPN Seattle defends Seneca Wallace's performance against the Colts, noting that Wallace played well in the fourth quarter. Wyman: "I know what you're going to say. 'Yeah, but that was against the Colts' backups.' SENECA IS A BACKUP! His offensive line is beyond backup!"

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says the Seahawks re-signed fullback Justin Griffith, as expected.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says cornerback Josh Wilson is expected to be full strength for the Seahawks in Week 5.

Also from O'Neil: The Seahawks haven't had much success in early October recently.