Around the NFC West: Lutui keeps it light

September, 19, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com was in the Arizona locker room when Olympic wrestler Henry Cejudo, a gold-medal winner, showed off his hardware to players. Guard Deuce Lutui asked to wear it, then claimed to have won it in a pie-eating contest.

Also from Urban: Right tackle Levi Brown gets ready to face Redskins defensive end Jason Taylor, a key matchup for Arizona in Week 3.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic asks Cardinals players about the passer-rating formula after quarterback Kurt Warner posted a perfect rating in Week 2. The man who invented the rating lives in Arizona. I spoke with him several years ago and will revisit that conversation in an item here later today.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals are mindful of the role conference games can play in earning a playoff berth.

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat spent enough time with 49ers receiver Isaac Bruce to conduct an informal Bible-study session. Proverbs 18:21 is a personal favorite for Bruce. Cohn has a full transcript of an interesting conversation.

Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News checks in with former Home Depot employee Tony Wragge, now the 49ers' starting right guard. Said Wragge's wife: "He is the most dedicated person I've ever met. When he wasn't with a team, he would never be just sitting on the couch waiting for a phone call. He's always doing something. Nothing gets him down."

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz isn't making a big deal about facing his former team. But the players know his history with the Lions. Running back Frank Gore: "It would be great if we could go out and beat them real bad."

Also from FitzGerald: Jonas Jennings apologizes for missing so many of the 49ers' games because of injury. A bad right shoulder is the culprit.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Jennings thought he had overcome the shoulder problems after making it through last season without any dislocations. But the shoulder popped out during the 49ers' game against Seattle, and another surgery is a possibility.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has completed only 17 passes to wide receivers this season. Also, Michael Bumpus remains the team's best option as a slot receiver.

Also from Farnsworth: Deon Grant picked off two passes and broke up three others during the Seahawks' practice Thursday.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune quotes Seahawks safety Brian Russell as saying the defense hasn't paid close enough attention to detail, leading to big plays for opposing offenses.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times quotes Seahawks defensive coordinator John Marshall as saying the Seattle defensive backs weren't necessarily blowing coverages against the 49ers, but they certainly weren't making plays.

Also from O'Neil: Seattle has company as one of 10 teams with an 0-2 record. Jacksonville, San Diego and Minnesota can relate.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times checks in with Brandon Coutu, one of two kickers on the Seahawks' roster.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Steven Jackson wants the ball, sure, but the Rams' running back isn't making public demands.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch follows up with Rams kicker Josh Brown, who returns to Qwest Field as the enemy.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat also checks in with the Rams' kicker. Brown's prekick routine is straight out of Major League.

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