NFC Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks

     

Cardinals

  • Per Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said the team is hopeful it will get WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) back to practicing soon. 
  • Cardinals CB Robert Alford suffered a pectoral injury and is being evaluated to see what his recovery timeline looks like. He missed the entire 2019 season with a broken leg. (Mike Garafolo)

49ers

  • The Athletic’s Matt Barrows says it appears 49ers C Weston Richburg might have to start the season on the PUP list after tearing the patellar tendon in his knee last December. That would leave him on the PUP list for the first six weeks of the season. 
  • Barrows adds 49ers DT Jullian Taylor is in a similar boat after tearing his ACL last December, though there’s a small chance Taylor could be ready by Week 1. 
  • 49ers DL Ronald Blair also tore his ACL, though several weeks before Taylor, which has the team optimistic he’ll be ready to come back by Week 1 or shortly after. 
  • Barrows notes 49ers 2019 third-round WR Jalen Hurd appeared to be fully healed from a back injury that cost him his rookie year but the team is being cautious by easing him into practice. 
  • Unfortunately, Hurd appears to have torn his ACL and will miss his second season. (NFLTR)
  • 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon restructured his deal this offseason to stay on the team in 2020. In exchange, he took a paycut and made this year the final year of his deal: “When it came up to reconstruction of contract, it wasn’t a big deal to me. It was about proving why I came here, getting back on the field and showcasing my talents.” (Cam Inman)

Seahawks

Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin is coming off of a well-timed Pro Bowl appearance as he enters the final year of his contract. Griffin is Seattle’s No. 1 corner and he’ll be hoping for a deal this offseason that pays him like that while allowing him to stay in Seattle for a very long time. 

“The contract will play itself out and hopefully I’m still here and we’ll see how it goes. . . . The main thing is that the coaches, the organization, they know I love it here. I feel like that’s very noticeable. I would love to be here as long as I can, if not forever,” Griffin said via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

  • The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar says it might be smart for the Seahawks to go ahead and do an extension to try and save money, but he also thinks Griffin won’t have any issues betting on himself in 2020 and cashing in next offseason. 
  • Dugar thinks Seahawks DE Benson Mayowa has flashed as a pass rusher so far during camp. 
  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says the plan is to ease in CB Quinton Dunbar and he might not practice for a week. (Condotta)
  • Carroll also gushed about new Seahawks OT Brandon Shell, who’s pretty much locked in as the starting right tackle: “Might be my favorite acquisition because he looks so much the part. … I’m really fired up about that because that was a big move for us.” (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Seahawks 2019 first-round DE L.J. Collier had a rough rookie season but Carroll has been encouraged by his progress going into 2020: “Now to see him he looks like a different guy. He’s quicker, more explosive. … He’s off to a terrific start and we all need to see that from him.” (Crabtree)
  • Carroll noted Seahawks DT Jarran Reed has some knee soreness, but nothing that would keep him out if they were playing this week. (Dugar)
  • Carroll said the goal is for second-round DE Darrell Taylor to get “two good weeks” of practice before the season starts. (Condotta
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