Right now the NFC West as a whole is in pretty good shape injury wise. San Francisco and St. Louis are coming off of a bye, Arizona is heading into its bye week and Seattle is hoping a couple of key players will return in Week 10.
Most notably, defensive end Jason Jones, left guard James Carpenter and wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Jones missed his second straight game this past Sunday with an ankle sprain. Rookie Greg Scruggs has filled in for him the last two games and has not disappointed. In 26 total snaps, he notched one quarterback sack and one quarterback hit.
Like Jones, Edwards has also missed the Seattle Seahawks' last two contests. Before Seattle's game against the Detroit Lions two weeks ago, he woke up with swelling and soreness in his knee. Head coach Pete Carroll is taking it slow because the last thing he wants is Edwards' knee problems to linger all season long.
Plus, there is no real need to rush him back. Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin are all playing well. Charlie Martin and Jermaine Kearse are there for depth, yet they haven't seen much action because of Darrell Bevell's run-heavy approach on offense. Martin played 14 snaps against the Minnesota Vikings and Kearse logged three in his NFL debut.
If you were to rank the three players I mentioned above on probability of returning this week, Carpenter would definitely be last. Carp was a late scratch on Friday afternoon—he had been listed on the injury report earlier in the week with an illness, but on Friday he appeared on the injury report with a concussion. Were the two injuries related, or separate?
I have a feeling they were related. Given he was announced with a concussion, he will have to pass independent tests before he can return to practice. The other concussed player on the Seahawks is outside linebacker K.J. Wright.
He only made it four snaps before he had to be taken off the field for further examination. At Monday's press conference Coach Carroll was asked if either player would practice on Wednesday and here's what he had to say (h/t Seahawks.com):
“The process almost doesn’t allow them to practice Wednesday.”
The only other pressing injury news would be the status of cornerback Walter Thurmond III. Seattle has to make a decision by next Monday. Thurmond returned to practice on October 22—according to league rules, a team has 21 days to decide if they are going to activate him or shelve him for the season.
With that, let's take a look at other news stories from around the NFC West.
Michael Jones of SBNation.com takes a look at O'Brien Schofield announcing that he is out of the season on Twitter.
Shaun M. Church of Bleacher Report ponders a few adjustments Arizona needs to make during the bye week.
Cam Inman of the MercuryNews.com says head coach Jim Harbaugh isn't worried about Aldon Smith after his off-the-field incident.
Dan Mori of Bleacher Report makes a case as to why the 49ers could even use a stud like Kyle Van Noy.
Ryan Van Bibber of TurfShowTimes.com breaks down the Rams and hands out the 2012 midseason awards.
Josh Zerkle, Matt Miller and Michael Schottey of Bleacher Report preview the Rams' upcoming Week 10 matchup with the 49ers.
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