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Morning links: Players oppose eliminating kickoffs

Our own Dave Boling of The News Tribune provides reaction from Seattle players on the suggestion from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that the league is considering the elimination of kickoffs in the name of player safety – and they don’t like it.

Seattle fullback and special teams captain Michael Robinson points out the obviously irony when it comes to player safety in the NFL – the league does not require players to wear mouth pieces, but claims to be doing its best to prevent head injuries.

“I understand it’s about safety,” Robinson said. “I don’t think that turning a contact sport into a non-contact sport is the answer. It’s a contact sport, that’s what I signed up for.

“I don’t think it’s good for the game,” Robinson added. “I think it’s a little bit of a PR stunt to show our commissioner’s concern for the players. But this is strictly my opinion.”

Seahawks kick returner Leon Washington echoes Robinson’s sentiment.

“Obviously, I don’t like it,” said Washington, whose eight career kickoff returns for touchdowns is tied for the best in NFL history with Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs. “I understand the NFL’s side of it, and what they’re trying to accomplish. With the lawsuits and head injuries, they’re trying to cut down that part of the game – that’s the premise behind it.”

Clare Farnsworth of says linebacker Bobby Wagner should be part of the conversation for defensive rookie of the year.

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks have proven they can beat the best. Now Seattle has to do something it has struggled to accomplish – take care of the teams the Seahawks are supposed to beat.

Jim Moore of 710 ESPN Seattle says the Seahawks-Cardinals game will be closer than people expect. More predicts a 17-9 Seattle victory, and he’s 10-2 against the spread in Seahawks games this season.

Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seattle relays a conversation that Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby had with Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, who says that left tackle Russell Okung is playing at a high level.

All three analysts on NFL Network like the Seahawks on Sunday. Golden Tate gets some love. Check out the video here.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports also picks the Seahawks in the video below.