NFC West Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Rams, Seahawks



The Cardinals remain winless so far in 2019 after a 27-10 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. The closest Arizona has come to a win has been a tie in the season opener against the Lions. However, veteran DE Terrell Suggs says it’s good for a young, rebuilding team like this to take some hits early. 

“Sailors aren’t made on calm waters,” Suggs said via’s Kevin Zimmerman. “You need a little bit of turmoil to kind of identify your character, see how much fight you really got. It’s a very unfortunate adversity, but it can be a good thing.”

  • Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury confirmed WR Christian Kirk has an ankle injury but the team wouldn’t know more until Wednesday. (Darren Urban)
  • Kingsbury added the team would look at signing a receiver. (Urban)
  • Kingsbury says the team will be creative with RB David Johnson but will not be moving him to wide receiver. (Urban)


  • According to the Athletic’s Matt Barrows, the 49ers will hold workouts to take a look at the available options to help at cornerback, including veterans David Amerson and Coty Sensabaugh
  • Barrows reports CB Dontae Johnson, who spent the offseason with San Francisco and was just released by the Chargers, will also attend the workout, along with Saivion Smith and Teeze Tabor
  • 49ers GM John Lynch said while the team was considering all available options to help the team at its weak spots, including Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey and Redskins OT Trent Williams, he hinted Jacksonville and Washington haven’t been willing to seriously engage in negotiations: “Now I think sometimes, though, we’re always assuming that people are available. That’s not always the case. Just because they’re out there not playing with their current team doesn’t mean they’re available.”
  • Barrows identifies third-string QB C.J. Beathard, WR Kendrick Bourne and RB Jeff Wilson as potential cut candidates if the 49ers make a move. 
  • NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco believes the 49ers will offer RB Jerick McKinnon a new one-year deal next season for less than the $6.5 million he’s projected to make currently and cut him if he doesn’t accept it. 


The Rams entered Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers undefeated, but Tampa Bay stunned the home crowd by putting up 55 points to beat the defending NFC champions 55-40. Despite throwing for more than 500 yards, Rams QB Jared Goff turned the ball over four times, including a fumble on the final, potentially game-tying drive that was returned for a touchdown. 

“It’s really a wakeup call for everybody,” Rams HC Sean McVay said via the L.A. Times’ Gary Klein. “A lot of things that we’ve got to look at and get figured out, get fixed and that’s exactly what we will do.”

  • Next up for the Rams is a Thursday night game against the Seahawks, which doesn’t have Rams RB Todd Gurley happy despite his reduced workload this season: “You know how I feel about Thursday night games. I feel like they are the dumbest thing ever.” (Lindsey Thiry)
  • McVay reiterated again the Rams aren’t saving Gurley, who had only 12 touches Sunday, for later in the season: “There’s none of that. We’re doing what we can to try to find a way to win games. It’s not about conserving, we’ve got to win right now.” (Thiry)


  • Per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says RB Rashaad Penny is healthy from his hamstring strain and will play Thursday against the Rams. 
  • The Seahawks worked out QB Kelly Chryst, WR Ryan Davis, and WR Alex Wesley on Monday. (Howard Balzer)
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