A newsy Tuesday in the NFC West with Anquan Boldin again requesting a trade from the Cardinals, and Arizona (Matt Leinart) and San Francisco (J.T. O'Sullivan) hinting strongly which quarterback will open up the regular season as the starter. But will start with Seattle first.
Center Chris Spencer was back at practice in a limited capacity and working toward a return in time for the team's regular-season opener at Buffalo.
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Adam Schein of Fox Sports apparently has a man crush on Seattle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, stating he would start his franchise with the energetic linebacker if he were building a team.
And fans are still proud to wear Tatupu's No. 51, even after the linebacker was arrested for a DUI earlier this year, according to Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald.
San Francisco 49ers
It looks like the quarterback competition is over in San Francisco, as head coach Mike Nolan said J.T. O'Sullivan will start his third straight preseason game against Chicago this week.
Offensive tackle Jonas Jennings broke a bone in his hand in last Saturday's game against Green Bay and will not play against Chicago, along with receivers Arnaz Battle, Bryant Johnson, Ashley Lelie and Jerard Rabb.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat has an interesting Q&A with readers on the main issues facing the 49ers, including what to do with Alex Smith now that the No. 1 overall pick will likely be a backup.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News compares Smith's fall to some other No. 1 picks who flamed out early in their careers, including Jeff George.
The drama continues between receiver Anquan Boldin and the Cardinals. Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Boldin, renewed the receiver's request for a trade, and the answer from the Cardinals was swift – no.
After criticizing the Cardinals organization at the beginning of camp, Boldin was mostly quiet until Monday, when he again bashed Arizona management. Here's some thoughts on the issue from the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers.
Matt Leinart will start against Oakland on Saturday, and Kurt Warner also will get some work.
St. Louis Rams
Tight end Anthony Becht continues to miss time because of a hamstring injury.
The Rams have filed a grievance with the NFL to receive some bonus money back from defensive tackle Claude Wroten, who was suspended for a year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Who needs Stephen Jackson when you've got Antonio Pittman, Brian Leonard and Travis Minor? The trio combined for 183 yards against San Diego last week. But the Rams better get the dump truck full of money together and deliver it to Jackson's doorstep pronto if they expect to have any chance of competing in the NFC West this season.