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Thursday, April 8, 2010
How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch

By Mike Sando

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Falling

Leroy Hill, Seahawks LB. A recent guilty plea in a 2009 marijuana-possession case could produce a one-game suspension for Hill to begin the regular season. The league typically doesn't announce such suspensions until shortly before the season, but a forced hiatus without pay would be consistent with precedent. Hill has never started 16 games in an NFL regular season. He's part of a linebacking corps that hasn't lived up to expectations, mostly because of injuries. Hill, lost for five games after suffering a groin injury in the season opener last season, previously missed season openers in 2005 and 2006.

Rising

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cardinals CB. Reports from Arizona suggest the Pro Bowl cornerback is aggressively rehabbing the knee injury that required offseason surgery. Rodgers-Cromartie is the most talented cornerback in the division. He earned a Pro Bowl berth last season even though he could have played better. Getting the knee healthy will be important as Rodgers-Cromartie seeks to regain his confidence and continue progressing toward elite status.