The afternoon report. I apologize for the lateness of this. I've been dealing with some logistical issues this morning with the snow. I will not be at practice today, but I'll try to cobble something together this afternoon. Dave Boling is in Renton today, so I'll talk to him and get an injury report for something later this afternoon. Thanks for your patience.
With Seattle's entire starting offensive line from earlier this season on the shelf, green offensive lineman Kyle Williams will get his first test this weekend, starting his first game as a pro at left tackle.
Williams gets an opportunity since Sean Locklear dislocated his left toe against St. Louis and is unlikely to play on Sunday, and starting left tackle Walter Jones is out for the season after having knee surgery.
Williams appears to have the physical tools to be a solid left tackle. He's got long arms, a solid base and good feet. Seattle offensive line coach Mike Solari said Williams has been working hard since being called up from the practice squad to the active roster a month ago, and deserves an opportunity. But playing well during practice and protecting a quarterback's blindside when the lights are on are two different things, and Williams understands that.
"I felt great," he said. "This is pretty much the same defense like the Patriots that we saw a couple weeks ago. They kind of run the same schemes and stuff so I'm pretty used to that. But my preparation is still the same, which has helped out leading up to this. So nothing has really changed in preparing for this, so that's why I feel more confident coming in."
Williams is one of a couple lineman rough around the edges getting a chance to play, including center Steve Vallos and right guard Mansfield Wrotto. Seattle also is taking a look at recent acquisitions center Steve McKinney and tackle Na'shan Goddard as the Seahawks continue to evaluate their options at offensive line heading into the offseason.
Our own Dave Boling discusses Brett Favre's on-again, off-again retirement. Favre also talks about his relationship with former coach Mike Holmgren.
Will Holmgren be back? He says he still has the itch.
Holmgren also believes Seneca Wallace has the talent to start in the league.
More Favre-Holmgren comparisons, this time from Gregg Bell from the Associated Press.
Seattle running back Julius Jones will go against his brother Thomas Jones for the third time in the NFL, Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald reports. Julius is 2-0 against his older brother, but Thomas is having the better season, making it to the Pro Bowl.
Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly, according a source close to the team, reports Holmgren likely will take his year hiatus from the game, and then probably make his way back to the NFL.
TNT columnist John McGrath and Seattle P-I columnist Art Thiel wax poetic on Holmgren's final days in Seattle with KJR's Mitch Levy in this audio link.
Seattle wide receiver Nate Burleson talks about his relationship with Holmgren with his coach's final home game this weekend with KJR's Dave Mohler in this audio link.
Can Favre's body can make it through a deep postseason run?
The Jets are 0-3 on trips to the West Coast, but New York coach Eric Mangini is not concerned about the numbers.
A treasure trove of Jets information from Newsday's Erik Boland and his Gang Green blog.
San Francisco 49ers
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle talks to injured quarterback Alex Smith, who's open to a return to his former team. However, Smith admitted the prospects are unlikely that he will return to San Francisco next season.
Matt Maiocco of he Santa Rosa Press Democrat breaks down the variables of a Smith return to the Niners.
Ann Killion, columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, said Smith is open to restructuring his hefty contract in order to return to San Francisco.
More Crumpacker: Isaac Bruce is honored as his team's most inspirational player.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that Anquan Boldin (shoulder) and J.J. Arrington were among six Cardinals who missed practice on Wednesday. Boldin hopes to play on Sunday, and Arrington should return to practice today.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com discusses rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie emergence into a playmaker for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 0-4 on the East Coast, including two blowouts, reports Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune.
St. Louis Rams
Rams executive Bill Devaney discusses his vision for St. Louis with Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Disptach.
The long NFL season is wearing on rookie receiver Donnie Avery, Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch reports.
The Rams home game against San Francisco will blacked out again.