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Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says he respects the Rams' decision to pass on Randy Moss even though he thinks the team should have taken a chance. Miklasz: "I spoke to (coach Steve) Spagnuolo for a few minutes Wednesday, and while he did not wish to be quoted, I can tell you that he agonized over this. Spagnuolo deliberated over the Moss verdict for a couple of days, and many hours. The coach and other key members of the Rams organization performed due diligence by making calls, getting reports on Moss, finding out all that they could. Earlier this week, Spagnuolo told me that he believed his locker room was strong enough to handle Moss. That includes the coaching staff. Spagnuolo believes the team's infrastructure could withstand the Moss temper, the pouting, the loafing on select plays. But still, the Rams decided to play their final eight games without Moss."
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com offers notes as the Rams headed into their bye week. Quarterback Sam Bradford is headed home to Oklahoma City, but not without a laptop loaded with game video.
Sam Good of 49ers.com checks in with center David Baas, who made the transition from guard following Eric Heitmann's injury.
Also from 49ers.com: an interview transcript featuring linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Brooks on Bradford: "He’s turned that whole organization around and he’s been doing a lot for them. We just have to key in on him and pretty much prepare for what he does well. It’s all about game-planning. For a rookie quarterback, he’s changed their offense for the better."
Eric Branch of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says 49ers coach Mike Singletary seems to have changed his view on quarterback Alex Smith.
Sal Pizarro of the San Jose Mercury News says Patrick Willis and Alex Smith borrowed from Larry Fitzgerald in coming up with an idea for charity.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic explains why the Cardinals are starting Derek Anderson against the Vikings in Week 9. Somers: "First, (coach Ken) Whisenhunt thought the offense showed signs of life under Anderson the past two weeks. Looking back at Sunday's loss to the Bucs, coaches thought Anderson made only one really bad pass: the interception near the end of the game. The previous interception, they determined, was not his fault. Second, and don't underestimate this,Whisenhunt thinks a veteran gives the Cardinals a better chance to win in Minneapolis this Sunday and in Kansas City on Nov. 21. Those are tough places to play, and Max Hall had not shown he was capable of handling it. Whisenhunt didn't want to do more damage to Hall's confidence by starting him in Minneapolis."
Also from Somers: Anderson's thoughts.
More from Somers, with Bob McManaman: a Cardinals injury update.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says it's important how teams handle drama. Urban: "Since coach Ken Whisenhunt has arrived, such situations have been kept to a minimum. Anquan Boldin caused a stir when he opened training camp in 2008 complaining about his contract, but that faded by the time the season started. Boldin’s outburst during the NFC championship game made ripples, but that was lost in the euphoria of a Super Bowl trip. The quarterback rotation this season, including the release of Matt Leinart, also has created a little bit of a side story, but nothing that has hampered the locker room. Quarterback Derek Anderson, who went through plenty of drama in Cleveland when he was battling Brady Quinn for the starting job, intentionally stayed low-key recently when he was benched for rookie Max Hall."
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says a sore neck sidelined center Chris Spencer in practice Wednesday. Mike Gibson took over at center. Allen Barbre played left guard. Chester Pitts played left tackle. The injury situation on the line must improve by Sunday or the Seahawks will have a hard time functioning on offense, in my view.
Also from Farnsworth: a look at Chester Pitts' recovery from a devastating knee injury. Pitts suffered: an MCL torn off the bone; a femur and tibia plateau that collided so hard they "exploded"; a torn meniscus; and a rim fracture of the tibial plateau.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times runs through the Seahawks' injury list.
Also from O'Neil: Ten doctors told Pitts he would never play again. One told him he could. The fact that Pitts made it back is remarkable. The challenge after coming back is staying back. How long can Pitts hold up?
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Seahawks coach Pete Carroll faces his biggest challenge as Seahawks coach Sunday. Brewer: "Oh, and the opponent is the New York Giants, who are tied for third in the NFL with 24 sacks and have sent five of the seven starting quarterbacks they've faced to the locker room early. As Giants quarterback Eli Manning mentioned, their quarterback-crunching success rate is 71.4 percent. And Matt Hasselbeck is getting over a concussion."
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks could use their fifth starting combination of the season on the offensive line.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks will find out about their depth Sunday. Boling: "Working with the offensive front Wednesday were Chester Pitts and Mike Gibson, guys who had been cut and resigned this season, and Allen Barbre, who was picked up in late September and has been inactive since then. In addition, they brought in a new guy as a backup center/guard named Chris White. Didn’t he used to be Chris Gray?"
Liz Mathews of 710ESPN Seattle takes a position-by-position look at how injuries are affecting the Seahawks.
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says he respects the Rams' decision to pass on Randy Moss even though he thinks the team should have taken a chance.