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Saturday, October 11, 2008
Around the NFC West: Questionable cornerbacks


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

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.