NFC West Notes: Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks


  • Per Darren Urban of the team website, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said CB Robert Alford has yet to return to practice, but remains a candidate to return from injured reserve as he progresses in his recovery from a broken leg: “He’ll do the best he can to get back, but it’s too early to tell.”
  • Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said RB David Johnson (ankle) will be a game-day decision and added that if they had a game on Friday, Johnson would not have played. (Darren Urban)
  • Johnson told reporters that he’s “feeling good” and is hopeful to play this weekend: “Hopefully I can play on Sunday.” (Darren Urban)
  • Regarding WR Christian Kirk, Kingsbury said he’s also a game-time decision. Kirk has been cutting more often but still is not all the way back. (Darren Urban)
  • The Arizona Cardinals officially ruled out DE Zach Allen (neck), RB D.J. Foster (hamstring), and T Brett Toth (illness) for Week 7 and have LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), RB David Johnson (ankle), DE Zach Kerr (ankle), WR Christian Kirk (ankle), P Andy Lee (right hip), T Joshua Miles (illness), LB Ezekiel Turner (hamstring), S Charles Washington (shoulder), and TE Maxx Williams (ankle) listed as questionable. 


While the Rams’ trade of CB Marcus Peters to the Ravens cleared the way for their later deal to bring in CB Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars, Rams GM Les Snead said the team was considering making that move anyways. Peters’ deal was set to expire following the season and Los Angeles had already made the determination he wasn’t in their long-term plans. 

“We took the approach that we had to approach Marcus separately,” Snead said via Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “Based on the proposal, it was the best thing for the Rams and Marcus to go down this path, so we could both start exploring our next chapter. And you couldn’t do it, with the certainty that you were gonna get Jalen Ramsey. You had to do it, knowing, ‘OK, we like the young players on our roster.’”

  • Rams HC Sean McVay told reporters that he anticipates newly acquired Ramsey will play Sunday against the Falcons with his workload still to be determined. (Lindsay Thiry)
  • As for RB Todd Gurley, McVay mentioned that he’s optimistic that Gurley will be available Sunday after putting in a limited practice Friday. (Lindsay Thiry)
  • Rams backup RB Malcolm Brown is doubtful for Week 7, and McVay says if he’s unable to go, rookie Darrell Henderson will assume the role. (Lindsay Thiry)
  • The Los Angeles Rams officially ruled out LB Clay Matthews (jaw) for Week 7 and have RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) listed as questionable. 


  • Per ESPN’s Brady Henderson, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says OT Duane Brown will likely be listed as doubtful with a biceps injury and “it’s not looking very good for him.”
  • Seahawks OL George Fant will start in Brown’s place, while RG D.J. Fluker has “a chance” to play Sunday per Carroll.
  • DE Ezekiel Ansah and S Bradley McDougald will be game-time decisions, while LB K.J. Wright “should be fine.”
  • Carroll noted Seahawks TE Will Dissly‘s surgery for an Achilles injury was “minimally invasive” and “really successful.” He adds Dissly has a chance to beat the usual year-long timetable it takes to return: “He’ll get back a good couple months before he would have got back otherwise.” (Henderson)
  • The Seattle Seahawks officially ruled out TE Will Dissly (achilles) and have S Delano Hill (elbow) down as doubtful. 
  • The Seahawks also list DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle), T Duane Brown (biceps), G D.J. Fluker (hamstring), DT Quinton Jefferson (oblique), and S Bradley McDougald (back) as questionable. 

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