NFC West: Israel Idonije

Seattle's Clemons primed for Rams encore

September, 29, 2012
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Seattle's Chris Clemons is coming off a four-sack first half against the Green Bay Packers.

The Seahawks' next opponent, St. Louis, noticed.

Rams fans should already be quite familiar with the veteran defensive end.

Clemons has a league-high 6.5 sacks against St. Louis since Seattle acquired him from Philadelphia for defensive end Darryl Tapp (Seattle also received a fourth-round choice as part of the deal). Clemons has collected five of those 6.5 sacks in the Edward Jones Dome, site of the Seahawks-Rams game Sunday. That included three sacks against the Rams in Week 11 last season, when Mark LeVoir was the Rams' left tackle on an emergency basis.

The chart shows sack leaders against St. Louis since 2010. Clemons appears to have a favorable matchup in Week 4.

Former Seahawks draft choice Wayne Hunter is the Rams' starting left tackle after the team lost Rodger Saffold to a knee injury. Hunter has been playing despite a knee injury of his own. He did not practice Friday and was listed as questionable on the injury report. The Rams also claimed tackle Joe Barksdale off waivers from Oakland.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals do not yet know which players will start at offensive tackle for them.

The Cardinals do have a pretty good idea which players those tackles will have to block in passing situations this season.

The list includes Jared Allen and Jason Babin, who combined for 40 sacks last season while ranking first and third, respectively, in that category. Overall, the Cardinals face nine of the 17 NFL players with at least 10 sacks last season, plus another player, John Abraham, who finished with 9.5. There are also players expected to reach double figures in sacks this season after failing to do so in 2011. Mario Williams and Clay Matthews head that list.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic identifies D'Anthony Batiste (left) and rookie Bobby Massie (right) as potential favorites to start at tackle after a triceps injury knocked out left tackle Levi Brown, perhaps for the season.

Batiste, 30, started four games for Atlanta in 2007. Massie, a fourth-round choice, started 29 consecutive games at right tackle to end his career at Mississippi.

The chart shows the Cardinals' 2012 schedule, plus projected top pass-rushers from the left and right sides of each opponent's defense. Those pass-rushers' sack totals from 2011 appear in parenthesis.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

CHICAGO -- The Bears' Tommie Harris made the right call in offering a full apology for punching Cardinals guard Deuce Lutui on Sunday.

Earlier, Bears teammate Israel Idonije accused Lutui of dirty play.

Idonije to the Chicago Sun-Times: "He got a reputation for that. We know some guys that have played with him. He's one of those guys, that virus, that cancer. It looked like [he kneed Harris] or something. I thought there was something going on. It's disappointing. I know they don't see all of that stuff, but even the play before they've got to be able to see both sides and see what is really going on. Of course, there are other ways to get people back. There have got to be other options.''

Officials have flagged Lutui twice this season, both times for holding. They have flagged him four times for personal fouls since the 2006 season (twice in 2006, once in 2007 and once last season).

Finding out whether Harris faces a suspension is the next step.

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