The Seahawks are so off right now.
After film and treatment Friday, they didn't have practice Saturday and don't again today. Effectively, the Thursday night opening win over Green Bay created a mini bye this weekend for the Seahawks. They practice Monday in Renton -- then are off again Tuesday for the weekly players' rest day mandated by the collective bargaining agreement. Volia! Three days off from practice in four days.
The Seahawks who are benefiting most from these days off include LB Bruce Irvin, who played 19 snaps against Green Bay in his fifth day back following offseason surgery -- Pete Carroll expects Irvin, who was in a limited, rush defensive-end role last week, to play about half the game next Sunday at San Diego. Wide receiver Kevin Norwood (ankle, foot) will also benefit from the rest, as will backup running Christine Michael and rookie linebacker Kevin Louis-Pierre -- though Carroll Friday said he wasn't sure yet if those thre will play against the Chargers.
--The Seahawks released Phil Bates off the active roster Saturday, five days after he had been released to make roster room for Bryan Walters and four days after he had cleared waivers and got re-signed.
Why all the Bates-ing on and off the roster? Because the team had eight wide receivers on the active roster for the Green Bay game, and it needs defensive backs with nickle man Jeremy Lane likely out for a while after re-injuring his groin and it needs depth at guard and center with Lemuel Jeanpierre going on injured reserve with a neck injury. Expect a corresponding move to Bates' release soon.
Seems to me the Seahawks waived Bates when they did to give them the best chance to eventually keep him on their practice squad. He's on the league's 24-hour waiver wire from Saturday to this afternoon, when other teams' rosters are already set for today's games. That further increases the chance Bates gets through waivers again so Seattle can sign him to the practice squad.
--The NFC West's openers today: Minnesota is at St. Louis this morning. Fill-in starting quarterback Shaun Hill, replacing out-for-the-year Sam Bradford, goes for the Rams. Their defensive front remains tough, but the last time the Vikings played St. Louis Adrian Peterson absolutely romped the Rams for 212 yards. Minnesota has a new offensive coordinator now, Norv Turner, the former head man for the Chargers and (when I covered him) the Raiders. He may not run the same offense the Vikings have recently, but he can read the history and know to give the ball to Peterson, who sat out the entire preseason for the third consecutive summer. I say Vikings 27, Rams 20.
San Francisco is at Dallas this afternoon. No matter how good Tony Romo might be against the drama-filled Niners, the Cowboys' defense is Washington's-against-Eastern-Washington-yesterday bad. 49ers 45, Cowboys 28.
Monday night's second of two games is San Diego at Arizona, so the rested Seahawks get the benefit of the Chargers having a short week before their meeting next Sunday in San Diego. Not sure this will be the same Cardinals defense without Darnell Dockett, and no one can ever be sure of which Carson Palmer will show up as the Cardinals' quarterback. Chargers 16, Cardinals 13.
--For today's News Tribune my colleague Don Ruiz wrote how rookie right tackle Justin Britt thought practicing all preseason against Irvin, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and the Seahawks' defensive line made his NFL debut feel slow.
--Jay Glazer on Fox's pregame show this morning said he doesn't expect Jim Harbaugh to last past this season as the 49ers' coach; his relationship with Santa Clara's -- uh, San Francisco's -- front office is that bad. Glazer said he is surprised Harbaugh came back this season to the 49ers.