We begin the morning links on a sad note, with news that NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw has passed away according to several reports this morning. He was 63.
Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said quarterback Matt Hasselbeck might not play against San Diego because of a sore back. But earlier this week Hasselbeck said he's definitely playing on Monday. So which one is right? I guess will see on Monday.
Dave Boling catches up with defensive lineman Howard Green, who's been waived or released six times and did not play in the NFL from 2004 to 2007, but may find a home in Seattle.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press also writes about the Hasselbeck situation.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald writes about the business-like attitude of the tight ends.
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco's defensive line is looking to improve on the team's 31 sack total last season.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News takes a look at who's to blame for the struggles of Alex Smith.
Matthew Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says with Shaun Hill and Alex Smith sitting out, the 49ers have $11.6 million in salary on the bench while O'Sullivan, with a base salary of $645,000 gets the start.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat says rookie Brian de la Puente will start today's game against the Bears in place of LG Adam Snyder. He also has a story on Takeo Spikes.
SI's Bucky Brooks talks to scouts around the league about the ascension of J.T. O'Sullivan to starting quarterback for San Francisco.
The Cards are working on running the draw play better this season.
Some news and notes from Arizona's camp, including some roster moves: Receiver Ahmad Merritt and fullback Dionte Johnson were released. Running back Chris Vincent, waived earlier in camp, was re-signed. That leaves the Cardinals one player under the roster limit.
Cardinals' free agent pickup linebacker Travis LaBoy hopes to make a big impact this season.
Arizona Republic columnist Bob Young writes about the Anquan Boldin situation.
St. Louis Rams
An overview on Stephen Jackson returning to camp and what it means for the Rams.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz says Jackson should let his play do the talking.
Some news and notes from Rams camp, including a happy Scott Linehan now that Jackson is back.