The Seattle Seahawks franchise is ranked 19th overall on Forbes annual list of NFL valuations for franchises. Seattle is valued at just over $1 billion, up from $921 million in 2007. Seattle was ranked 19th in 2007 as well.
The top five valued franchises are Dallas ($1.6 billion), Washington ($1.5 billion), New England ($1.3 billion), New York Giants ($1.178 billion) and the New York Jets ($1.170 billion).
Frank Hughes reports cornerback Marcus Trufant joined the growing list of injured Seahawks when he had to leave practice after getting his hand sandwiched in a tackle. However, it looks like Trufant will be OK.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press provides more info on Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren's plan to take a "sabbatical" after the end of this season, with possible thoughts of returning to the NFL as an executive.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald says ex-WSU receiver Michael Bumpus might be activated this weekend because of his knowledge of the offense.
Johnson also talks to running back Julius Jones about getting ready for his first start at Qwest Field.
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco offensive coordinator Mike Martz talks to Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle about playing amidst the noise at Qwest Field. Martz tells Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News that his team needs to get Frank Gore the football.
Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard talks about his hit on Alex Smith that caused the quarterback's shoulder injury and has put his career on hold.
Outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain is frustrated by the 49ers keeping him inactive in the team's first game of the year.
Even those he was responsible for three of the team's five turnovers, Martz had high praise for quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, says Matt Burrows of the Sacramento Bee.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals will have some familiarity with the Dolphins when they play on Sunday. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt played for and coached with Miami offensive coordinator Dan Henning. Six other Arizona assistants either played for or coached under Miami executive Bill Parcells.
Something Seattle fans don't have to worry about, the NFL granted Arizona another 24 hours to sell about 1,000 remaining tickets to avoid a blackout.
Even though he only had 13 yards on eight carries, including a touchdown, Arizona is still high on rookie running back Tim Hightower, reports Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune.
St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Jeff Gordon says quarterback Marc Bulger will feel the heat from the New York Giants and the team's fans if he doesn't step up and perform this week.
The Rams are again looking for better play at receiver, and Puyallup native and U. of Washington product Dane Looker may be the answer.