Around the NFC West: Tatupu says he’ll be OK

Posted by’s Mike Sando

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says Mike Holmgren wasn’t happy with a pass-interference call levied against Seattle cornerback Kevin Hobbs. I watched the play repeatedly and thought Hobbs played the ball well, except for when he reached his right hand around the right shoulder pad of the receiver. That was the only appearance of interference, but Holmgren wasn’t buying: “Can I get fined in the preseason? Holy Toledo. I thought Kevin Hobbs made a great play on that long ball. I couldn’t ask him to do it any better. I didn’t agree with the call, and it’s too bad because we needed that.”

Also from Farnsworth: Lofa Tatupu says he’ll be OK after suffering a knee injury. The three-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker is arguably the Seahawks’ most important player on defense. Counting today, Tatupu has 13 days to get ready for the regular-season opener at Buffalo.

Michael Steffes of Seahawks Addicts found the play on which Tatupu suffered the knee injury against the Chargers. It happened at the 3:15 mark of the second quarter. Steffes: “My first thought was that it might be a bad high ankle sprain. However, Lofa actually plays the next play, but he struggles pushing off the knee and then walks off.”

Frank Hughes of Seahawks Insider wonders how the Seahawks will proceed at quarterback for their final exhibition game. Starter Matt Hasselbeck (back), backup Seneca Wallace (groin) and third-stringer Charlie Frye (knee) all have injury concerns.

Also from Hughes: Patrick Kerney felt good in his first extended action of the exhibition season, while Leonard Weaver said he likes his new backfield pairing with Owen Schmitt.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says Holmgren was pleased with Frye’s efforts against the Chargers. The better Frye plays, the more comfortable Holmgren feels using Wallace as a receiver or return specialist (although that probably changes if Hasselbeck’s sore back remains an issue).

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee describes 49ers coach Mike Nolan as “on the fence” as to keeping five or six receivers. Ashley Lelie probably doesn’t make the team unless the 49ers keep six.

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers says the 49ers are getting players back from injuries, but receiver Bryant Johnson isn’t one of them. It’s fair to wonder if Johnson can recover from his hamstring injury in time to enter the regular season as a starter.

Darren Urban of describes Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart as upbeat for a guy who tossed three interceptions Saturday night, then heard about Chris Mortensen’s report about Kurt Warner’s expected ascension to the starting job.

Also from Urban: “Kurt Warner named Week 1 starter” flashed on the screen in the Cardinals’ locker room as ESPN covered the quarterback situation. Coach Ken Whisenhunt: “Contrary to everything [reported], nothing has changed. We have not made a decision. We have not named Kurt the starting quarterback.”

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic quotes Leinart on news of Warner’s expected ascendancy to the starting job. Leinart: “You can’t afford to listen to that stuff because everybody’s going to have their own opinion and that’s basically what it is, an opinion.”

Romando Dixson of the Asheville Citizen-Times says the locals are grateful after Rams defensive end Leonard Little paid for 116 youth football helmets. Said Little, who is from the area: “When I retire, I will do a lot more in the city. I have a busy schedule right now. Once I leave the game, I can make an impact in the community.”

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle checks in with 49ers right tackle Jonas Jennings, who disputes his reputation as an injury-prone outcast lacking toughness.

Also from FitzGerald: The 49ers aren’t sure on a starter at split end, and they continue to juggle starters on the offensive line. Tony Wragge worked at left guard, with rookie Chilo Rachal at right guard.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams’ offensive line drew praise for its performance against the Ravens on Saturday night.

Also from Coats: Brock Berlin is looking good as the likely No. 3 quarterback for the Rams.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch assesses injuries in the Rams’ secondary. Safety Oshimogho Atogwe is back at practice after suffering a hamstring injury. Cornerback Fakhir Brown hasn’t participated fully in a practice since suffering a shoulder injury July 25.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat checks in with Rams rookies Donnie Avery and Keenan Burton, talented receivers who made an impact against the Ravens. Nerves got the better of Avery early in the game, but he settled down and finished with five receptions for 65 yards. The Rams put together a 91-yard touchdown drive with both rookies in the game.

Kyle Bunch

Partnerships for R/GA Ventures. Raised in California, adopted by Texas. Opinions expressed here are mine and they are fantastic.

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