NFC West: Correll Buckhalter

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  Alexander

Former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander hopes the Redskins bring him back, according to Redskins.com via Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

This recalls our earlier item about halfbacks in their 30s. Alexander turns 32 in August. NFL teams are employing two running backs older than 31 at present. Both players -- Fred Taylor (33) and Kevin Faulk (32) -- play for the Patriots.

A quick look at the number of NFL halfbacks by current age:

Thirteen backs are 29 years old. Four are 28. Ten are 27. Eighteen are 26. Nineteen are 25. Twenty-three are 24. Twenty-three are 23. Eleven are 22. Four are 21.

These numbers count only halfbacks on active 53-man rosters. At least seven fullbacks are in their 30s (some tight ends double as fullbacks, making the number an estimate).

About those older NFL running backs

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NFC West RB
Team Age
Edgerrin James
Cards 30
T.J. Duckett
Hawks 28
Chris Vincent Cards 27
Julius Jones
Hawks 27
Justin Green
Cards 26
Samkon Gado
Rams 26
Kenneth Darby
Rams 26
Michael Robinson
49ers 26
Frank Gore
49ers
25
Steven Jackson
Rams 25
Thomas Clayton
49ers 24
Justin Forsett
Hawks 23
Antonio Pittman
Rams 23
Tim Hightower
Cards 23

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jon Rand's story about Larry Johnson's prospects in Kansas City past age 30 got me thinking about decisions teams face with older running backs.

The Cardinals' Edgerrin James is the only NFC West halfback in his 30s. He almost certainly will not return for another season in Arizona.

The second-oldest halfback in the division, 28-year-old T.J. Duckett, is not an every-down runner. He's built more like a fullback and he spent last season as a short-yardage specialist.

The two best backs in the division -- the Rams' Steven Jackson and the 49ers' Frank Gore -- are 25 years old. And we all know what happened to Shaun Alexander as he approached 30.

By my count, NFL teams feature only 10 halfbacks in their 30s: James, Ricky Williams (Dolphins), Thomas Jones (Jets), Sammy Morris (Patriots), Fred Taylor (Patriots), Kevin Faulk (Patriots), Kenny Watson (Bengals), Correll Buckhalter (Broncos), LaMont Jordan (Broncos) and Michael Bennett (Chargers).

Three of the 10 play for the Patriots and five of the 10 are in the AFC East.

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The Broncos are expected to visit with Cardinals free agent J.J. Arrington as they look to upgrade their situation at running back.

That was the word from John Clayton on "SportsCenter" a few minutes ago. The Broncos also have interest in Correll Buckhalter.

Arrington can be an effective change-of-pace back and kickoff returner. The Cardinals used him extensively in their four-receiver packages.

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Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic breaks down the Cardinals' injury situation. Both starting cornerbacks are questionable. Tight end Ben Patrick is doubtful. Also, former Cardinals offensive lineman Leonard Davis has found a home in Dallas.

Also from Somers: Ken Whisenhunt says Adrian Wilson wasn't trying to hurt Bills quarterback Trent Edwards.

More from Somers: Wilson says he'll appeal the $25,000 fine even though he knows it's probably a losing battle.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune has a notebook with items on Wilson, Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman, Cardinals receiver Steve Breaston and Arizona's first outright division lead after five games since 1988.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com quotes Wilson as saying he was fined $12,500 for a hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap last season. This was counter to my initial understanding. Also, Anquan Boldin will not play against the Cowboys.

Sean McClain of the Courier-Post says 49ers safety Michael Lewis has gotten over his unceremonious exit from the Eagles.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle quotes 49ers coach Mike Nolan as botching the name of Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter. Last week, Nolan referred to "Wesley Walker" in reference to Patriots receiver Wes Welker.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says 49ers rookie first-round choice Kentwan Balmer has stayed after practice to work on technique.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers have allowed more sacks than any team this season while their Week 6 opponent, Philadelphia, has more sacks on opposing quarterbacks than any team. Time to hand off to Frank Gore, in other words.

Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News asks former Rams tight end Ernie Conwell about the role tight ends play in Mike Martz's offense. Conwell sounds a lot like Martz when he says the 49ers' Vernon Davis is helping the offense even when he's not catching passes.

Eric Goska of packersnews.com says the Seahawks' passer rating falls well below any associated with a Mike Holmgren offense since 1986.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks expect third-stringer Charlie Frye to start at quarterback against the Packers. Frye's voice got a workout this week as he barked out signals more than during a typical week.

Michael Steffes of Seahawk Addicts offers 10 keys for the Seahawks against the Packers. The first one -- having Matt Hasselbeck on the field -- appears unlikely.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer compares a third quarterback to a spare tire: "No one pays him much attention. He gets almost no reps in practice. And when needed, you just hope he's got enough in him to get the job done."

Greg Johns of the Seattle Post-Intelligener looks at the Seahawks' road-home success disparity, noting that only the Ravens have a wider one since 2002.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Dane Looker's career remains in flux while doctors figure out what's wrong with the Rams' receiver.

Also from Coats: Receiver Derek Stanley is eager to play. Also, the Rams picked off more passes than usual during practice this week.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says the Rams are concerned about a possible aneurysm for Looker, but tests remain inconclusive.

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