NFC Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks



Monday night was a bright spot in Cardinals first-round LB Isaiah Simmons‘ short career to this point. Simmons has played sparingly this year and was only in on five snaps against the Seahawks. But one of those was a game-turning interception. Fellow LB Haason Reddick, who’s gone through similar trials as a versatile linebacker with high expectations as a first-round pick, used that as a teaching moment for the rookie. 

“I did actually talk to Isaiah with everything that is going on,” Reddick said via Darren Urban of the team website. “Same thing, very similar to what I went through. I just told him to keep his head up and don’t let the outside noise get to him. I think that’s the biggest thing. Being young and being on social media, you see what people are saying, you hear the noise. I told him to keep working, and when the opportunity comes, like on Sunday, be ready. And here he is. People are talking about, ‘Oh, he’s not getting enough reps.’ But he comes in playing however many plays he played Sunday and makes a game-winning clutch pick to set our offense up.”

  • The Cardinals are bringing in free-agent TE Ian Bunting for a workout this week. (Aaron Wilson)


  • The Athletic’s Matt Barrows expects the 49ers to bring back CB Emmanuel Moseley as a restricted free agent. From there, San Francisco might need to choose between veterans Richard Sherman and Jason Verrett depending on how the rest of 2020 goes. 
  • Barrows adds nickel corner K’Waun Williams isn’t a lock to return given the expected cap drop in 2021. 
  • 49ers’ HC Kyle Shanahan is hoping the team can get Williams and RB Tevin Coleman back following their respective injuries this week. (Matt Maiocco)


  • Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that Seahawks RB Chris Carson playing this week is “not off the table” but could indeed be a “long shot” as the team is expected to monitor his progress during the week.
  • Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll says that Carson is considered to be week-to-week with a foot injury and that RB Travis Homer is also injured with a bruised knee. (Curtis Crabtree)
  • With several injuries at running back, Carroll is hoping that RB Carlos Hyde is available if Carson is not: “If Carlos (Hyde) is available to us, which we hope he is, then we feel like we can keep the tempo going if Chris (Carson) can’t make it” (Kevin Shockey)
  • Carroll again spoke about S Jamal Adams, saying of his status: “I don’t know that yet. I talked to him on Saturday before we left and his workouts are going great and all that. He really wants to get back. But he’s gonna have to show it that he’s capable of doing all the stuff that we need to do football-wise.” (Crabtree)
  • Carroll believes that the team will have to continue to track Adams’ progress throughout the week before making a decision on him: “Because he’s so close to being back, I think this will carry into late in the week and we’ll see how it works out.” (Brady Henderson)
  • Another player Carroll revealed would return soon is DE Rasheem Green, who he said is “ready to come back to practice this week with the opportunity to play next week.” (John Boyle)
  • Carroll also has high praise for practice squad TE/DE Stephen Sullivan, who he says “could play for us on either side of the ball right now.” (Boyle)
  • According to Carroll, he is unsure if WR Phillip Dorsett is ready to return from IR with a foot injury. There is also no timeline for the return of RB Rashaad Penny, with Carroll saying: “he’s getting close” to returning to practice. (Henderson)
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