My story today deals with the juggling offensive line for the Seattle Seahawks, which will likely continue during the first half of the season as Russell Okung and Chester Pitts work their way back from injuries.
Stacy Andrews initially had been brought in to play right tackle, but will get his first start with Seattle at right guard. Already, it’s the second different offensive line combination the team will start this season. Seattle started six different offensive line combinations in the team’s 5-11 campaign last year.
“You would like to be able to keep him at tackle,” Hawks offensive line coach Art Valero said. “And that was our goal originally to bring him in there, but he does have some guard play in his background, so to move him inside isn’t foreign for him.
“If all your players looked like that, it’d be great. He’s a good-looking kid, and he’s got long arms and he’s strong. And he’s athletic and there’s a tremendous upside to him.”
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Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com reports that safety Lawyer Milloy is looking forward to hearing silence on the road at Denver on Sunday – an indication his team is winning the game.
ESPN’s Mike Sando reports that linebacker Leroy Hill may not have violated the league’s suspension policy after all by attending last week’s game. Sando cites the rule in question, which does not specifically state that Hill cannot attend the game on his own.
Tony Ventrella of Seahawks.com interviews receiver Ben Obomanu.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com presents the Seahawks Dream Team as voted on by the fans.
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated says in this video link that he does not believe San Diego restricted free agent Vincent Jackson will be traded.
Mike Ditka joins ESPN 710 Seattle’s Jim Moore and Paul Silvi, and says the Seahawks are now the favorite in the NFC West in this audio link.
Lindsay Jones of the Denver post reports rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who’s been out with a foot injury, will likely see his first action today,
Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that the Seattle Seahawks are running Denver’s zone blocking scheme on offense while the Broncos have adopted more of a power, man blocking scheme.
Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post reports that much like Seattle, Denver’s offensive line has injury issues.San Francisco 49ers
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayarea.com reports that cornerback Shawntee Spencer apologized to linebacker Ahmad Brooks for taking a cheap shot at him during a strip drill that caused a minor scuffle during practice. You can also view video of that here.
David White of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that running back Brian Westbrook is healthy and ready to play.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee said the Niners would not divulge how they intend to fix the communication issues between offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and quarterback Alex Smith.Arizona Cardinals
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that running back Tim Hightower is trying to address his fumbling issues.
More Somers: A scouting report on the Cardinals-Falcons game.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie understands he has to be patient because teams might not throw his way.
St. Louis Rams
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that defensive lineman Chris Long will play at Oakland for the first time, the place where his father Howie Long became a Hall of Fame player.
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Calais Campbell was fined $5,000 for roughing the passer against St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford last week.