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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Around the NFC West: 49ers' Davis ready


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quotes 49ers tight end Vernon Davis in a manner sure to get Joey Porter's attention. The 49ers might try to use Davis against Porter in pass protection, possibly by motioning him to Porter's side. Davis: "I'm pretty sure I've gone up against a lot of other linebackers/d-ends who were better than him. And I pretty much won every battle. ... But it's not about that. It's about technique and playing with your heart. I'm pretty sure he's a competitive guy as well. I'm a competitive guy. He's a competitive guy and we're pretty much going to have to get after it."

Also from Barrows: The 49ers will activate Ahmad Brooks one of these weeks, coach Mike Singletary said, but it won't be Sunday.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says return specialist Allen Rossum could return punts against the Dolphins after missing time with an injury.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals special-teamers Sean Morey and Aaron Francisco deserve consideration for the Pro Bowl. Morey finished fifth in fan voting among special-teams players, who have their own category separate from kickers and punters. Morey's game-winning blocked punt against the Cowboys should help his chances with players and coaches.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com thinks Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt wouldn't rest key players against Seattle in the final-regular season game. Urban: "The Cards will be driven to not be a Seahawks victim in Mike Holmgren's last game. He's put too many whippings on this bunch to have the players not care."

Jim Corbett of USA Today quotes Kurt Warner as waffling on whether he'll play in 2009. Winning the MVP would put pressure on the Cardinals to pay Warner, a good "problem" to have but also a potentially tricky situation.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks are loose heading into their game against the Rams. Defensive backs played Nerf basketball after practice.

John Morgan of Field Gulls explains why he thinks poor officiating cost the Seahawks in their game against New England. Also, the team's defensive tackles might be wearing down in part because Seattle's defense has been on the field too long.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Josh Wilson and Koren Robinson were back at practice, but Walter Jones and Matt Hasselbeck remain out.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams can't complain about the local TV blackout for their game against Seattle. Both teams take 2-11 records into the game.

VanRam of Turf Show Times wonders if the Rams might have the worst team in NFL history, despite their two victories.