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Morning Links: Schedule lines up nicely for the Seahawks

Good morning.

One thing the Seahawks are always touching on is not to look ahead. Well, that's kind of tough considering how the rest of the schedule looks. I wrote about that for today's paper.

Because of how the Seahawks' remaining schedule lines up with the San Francisco 49ers' schedule, the remaining game between the two in San Francisco could determine home-field advantage in the playoffs.

On to other things before a busy day at the VMAC gets started.

The most interesting Seahawks-related story out there, for me, is Richard Sherman's take on the head trauma in the NFL. Sherman writes:

" ... we understand this is a dangerous game with consequences not just in the short term, but for the rest of our lives. All of us NFL players, from wide receivers to defensive backs, chose this profession. Concussions are going to happen ..."

Sherman comes at the topic with the sort of indestructible bravado not surprising for a 25-year-old in the NFL. He talks about receiving his only NFL concussion and not coming out. Once again, we're in glass half-full or half-empty land. Your personal perspective will determine how you assess Sherman's decision. He survived that game, and even came up with an interception. He just as easily could have eaten a crackback block while already concussed and had a serious problem (picture an already concussed Sherman taking the same shot from Larry Fitzgerald that he did last Thursday or something worse from a receiver who is not so courteous). Maybe even a block or situation he could have avoided had he not been playing while "half-blind" for the rest of the game.

Luckily for him, he didn't.

As Sherman rightly points out, players today are much more educated and it's their choice whether to participate in a game that has made former players prone to myriad physical and mental problems when their careers are over. From running back Jerome Bettis, who said his knees were so bad he couldn't go up the stairs in his house, to Junior Seau, who killed himself, prompting the impact of football on his post-career cognitive abilities. Following Seau's suicide, the National Institutes of Health confirmed to ESPN that Seau suffered from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a brain disease linked to collisions in football that can cause depression and dementia.

Others come out fine.

The NFL can send out all the press releases it wants and settle as many lawsuits as possible, but this isn't a topic that will go away. The reason for that is simple: the game isn't going away and there are few ways left to alter it to reduce the violence that makes us watch on Sundays and cringe when we hear tales of former stars incapable of doing basic things a decade later.

Links:

> ESPN has its QB watch taking a look at Russell Wilson.

> The Everett Herald says Percy Harvin's expected return won't change the Seahawks' offensive philosophy.

> Seahawks.com writes about Ricardo Lockette.

> Former Seahawks LB Dave Wyman answers a mailbag at Seahawks.com.

> The Rams' new quarterbacks are scrambling to get caught up.

> NFL.com has what it says are the top 10 candidates to be traded at the deadline. None are projected as fits for the Seahawks.

> Here's some more trade what-ifs from SI.com.

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