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Almost Ready for Sunday! Daily Links

Sep 25, 2009, 9:36 AM | Updated: Apr 4, 2011, 7:51 pm

by Mike Salk

Seahawks

Almost ready for Sunday! I think we know where we stand with all the major injuries except for Matt Hasselbeck and Lofa Tatupu. Those two will probably be gametime decisions. Walter Jones is probably the next toughest to figure out – but he’s practiced without limitation the past two days, so I have to imagine he’ll play, especially with Sean Locklear out of commission. Walt’s under the microscope for Danny O’Neil this morning.

Seahawks players and coaches discuss how to contain Jay Cutler on Sunday. Cutler can obviously throw the ball, but the key is to make him make a mistake, and then capitalize. With so many injuries in the secondary, veteran safety Lawyer Milloy should see more time on the field Sunday. He may be the kind of veteran playmaker the team needs this week. The Bears have struggled to run the ball so far this season, turning them into an unusually pass-heavy offense.

Size isn’t always a prerequisite for being successful in the NFL, as both Deon Butler and Justin Forsett aim to prove this season.

Hopefully for the Seahawks, the chances of Kelly Jennings stepping up this weekend aren’t “Slim.” With JoshWilson out and Ken Lucas dealing with an injury, he may have to!

Mariners

Nice win for the Mariners yesterday in Toronto, especially after flying most of the night. Felix Hernandez was dominant, striking out a season-high 11 in eight innings. But as good as he was, the three-run homer from Vernon Wells may have cost him the top spot in the Cy Young race. He needed to be nearly perfect.

Dave Aardsma hasn’t had too many save opportunities recently, but his attitude never wavers. Russell Branyan hasn’t given up hope on returning to the Mariners this season. I think he understandably wants to show teams that he is healthy heading into free agency.

The Mariners face Roy Halladay tonight, who is looking to avoid losing his 11th game for the second straight season.

Huskies

Stanford has looked like the team everyone thought they would be so far this year. Injuries to the WR’s have coach Sarkisian looking for ways to fill the gaps. The Huskies must do better against the run early in the game Saturday to contain Gerhart.

Fullback isn’t the most glamorous position on the field, but Paul Homer’s ability to pick up the offense benefits others.

A big reason Jake Locker is being praised even more this season is his improved accuracy.

Misc

Another ranked team went down last night. Now that the Huskies have a number next to their name, they must be more prepared than ever.

Having the same injury as Matt Hasselbeck, Donovan McNabb’s likely absence for a second straight week doesn’t bode well for Hawks fans.

Felix’s biggest competition for the AL Cy Young this season had a rough day yesterday, though it shouldn’t affect his pursuit of the award.

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