NFC Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks

     

49ers

Cardinals

After missing two weeks and losing a total of nine pounds, WR Larry Fitzgerald is returning for the Cardinals and giving GM Steve Keim and HC Kliff Kingsbury a sense of calm.

“We got him back in the building this week and it was a great shot of energy in the arm,” said Keim, via Howard Balzer of SI. “We all know what he means to this organization and just the energy and enthusiasm and excitement to have Larry back. He could tell with his teammates, how infectious that was. It’s just a different feel this week in the building. There’s never been a time where he hasn’t been here when I’ve been here. So it just felt really awkward and weird when Larry wasn’t in the building. To have him back, it’s just sort of a calming feeling. There’s just no No. 11s downstairs.”

“We’re going to be smart,” said Kingsbury. “He’s looked great, so he feels fast and has looked good out there running routes. I’m not sure exactly what his workload is going to look like yet, but it’s just been great to have him back and his work ethic. He’s always spirited, he brings an air of confidence to the offense and we’ve all been excited to have him back on the practice field. We all know he is one of the best football players to ever play the game. So, when he’s out on the field, he is a difference-maker and defenses have to account for him. He brings a level of physicality and toughness to our offense.”

Seahawks

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said RB Rashaad Penny is “exceeding expectations” with his recovery from a torn ACL.  

“He exceeded our expectations with his movement and his quickness and all of that. He’s really in good shape. I don’t know what that means for next week, but he looked as healthy as anybody out there. So we’ll take it one shot at a time here, but very, very positive initial return and I know he’s really jacked about it,” said Carroll, via Brady Henderson

  • Seahawks’ S Jamal Adams talked about his experience in Seattle thus far: “I’m happy to be a Seattle Seahawk. I’m happy to be a part of an organization that values me and respects me for who I am on and off the field, and they’ve given me a chance to be myself.” (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll says that RT Brandon Shell is ready to play after missing two games with an ankle injury, while CB Quinton Dunbar is not ready to return quite yet. (Brady Henderson)
  • Carroll adds that running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde are also set to return, while DE Carlos Dunlap is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision. The team is also expecting CB D.J. Reed to start opposite CB Shaquill Griffin in place of Dunbar. (Henderson)
 
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