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Seahawks v. Niners 12/23/12 Video Salad on Vimeo
footage ungraded from one camera. we shot a 5N alongside, but no time to cut it in. would go nicely with a couple spots where we just missed.

Richard Sherman 'randomly' drug tested Thursday -
On the day Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won an appeal against a four-game suspension for a failed drug test, he was "randomly tested."

Sherman says he’s ready to move on | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The NFL has a wry since of humor. On the day Seattle Seahwks cornerback Richard Sherman found out he won his appeal for allegedly testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, he also was "randomly selected" by the league to take a urine test this afternoon. "That’s the way it works," Sherman said, as came out of the bathroom. "You can bet I was paying attention today."

Unreported irregularities in testing process led to Richard Sherman’s appeal victory | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Sherman made several points during his own testimony. First, he raised the issue that there were several other cups in the area, and that some of them had been used. Also, when Sherman was asked to sign the agreement via electronic device, the consent language was not visible, and Sherman said that he never would have signed it given the irregularities. Cook disputed this. In addition, on the Athletes Control & Custody form, the pH levels of the sample were inconsistent with what was received by the testing lab. Most importantly, Cook did not tell his company at the time that there had been an irregularity in the testing process per testimony, he did not tell anyone until his supervisor asked him in October. And since the NFL's drug policy states that a confirmation test must be done by a different technician after any positive test, and Cook did both tests, this was a further violation of the process.

Appeal of Richard Sherman Discipline Under Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances
PDF from Thompson Coburn LLP.

Seahawks' Richard Sherman: 'Justice was served' | Steve Kelley | The Seattle Times
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman feels like a weight was lifted, but he returns with something to prove after he won his appeal with the NFL over a positive drug test.

49ers' Justin Smith has partially torn triceps | National Football Post
Defensive tackle dealing with painful injury

Underclassmen - Should they stay or go? | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers his opinion on three under-classmen.

Scout Talk: Top Middle Linebackers | National Football Post
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o leads the MLB draft class, which could get a big boost from a couple juniors

Final Look At Which Practice Squad Players To Steal | National Football Post
Russ Lande breakdown five defensive players on NFC practice squads that are worth stealing.

Chancellor says he hasn’t been fined yet for Davis hit | ProFootballTalk
On Sunday, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor applied a wicked hit to 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. It gave Davis a concussion, and it resulted in a flag being thrown on Chancellor.

The Tape Never Lies: The inconsistency of Joe Flacco | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco played as big as his size this past Sunday against the New York Giants, registering three total touchdowns in a division clinching 33-14 win. It was one of his most impressive performances of the season, but questions still surround the future of the signal-caller. Has he shown enough to be deserving of a lucrative contract extension?

Top 10 Bowl Matchups... from a talent evaluator's perspective - CBSSports
Bowl games provide talent evaluators with a wonderful opportunity to gauge prospects in a unique setting. Not only are many of the prospects healthier than they've been in months, in most cases they're facing opponents they've never seen and in an environment in which they've never played. Simply put, bowl games take players out of their comfort zone.

Week 16 Power Rankings
I was on the Seahawks’ bandwagon a couple of weeks earlier than most, but they’re now #1 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings and third in Advanced NFL Stats’ Efficiency Rankings. Seattle is also first in’s SRS Ratings; the Seahawks are second in the NFL in points differential, behind the Patriots, but a much tougher schedule was enough to close the gap there. Now that Richard Sherman is cleared to play in the postseason, Seattle is a legitimate Super Bowl contender. They may not have home field advantage in the playoffs, but they do have my Coach of the Year. Blog | Thursday in Hawkville: Washington’s biggest return was just getting back into the game
"It feels great," Washington said. "Just to know that all the hard work you put into something, it pays off – eventually. Considering my situation, where I came from with the broken-leg injury and getting traded, there are so many people to thank. My wife, first of all, because we’ve been through so much together. She was there with me when I broke my leg and has seen me comeback from that.

Further thoughts on Brandon Coleman " Seahawks Draft Blog
Yesterday I mocked Brandon Coleman to the Seahawks late in the first round. I’ve written about Coleman before, but this was the first time I’d paired him with the Seahawks. For me he’s a unique prospect. And one of the things we’ve learnt about Seattle’s front office is ‘unique’ isn’t considered a bad thing.

Rams RB Jackson heads into finale amid questions - Seahawks News -
Running back Steven Jackson will have the option to explore free agency after the season, raising the question of whether Sunday's finale at Seattle will be his final game in a St. Louis Rams uniform.

Rams vs. Russell Wilson: The chase is on - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Dave McGinnis, assistant head coach for the St. Louis Rams, knows the coverage might have to hold up a little longer when his team visits Seattle in Week 17. "The thing about him is, it's not panic scrambles," McGinnis told reporters in St. Louis. "He's moving and he's improvising, but he’s doing it with a purpose. He’s always looking down field and most all of those types of plays that he makes, they’re all positive plays."

49ers' quarterbacks in victory and defeat - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith have combined for 18 touchdown passes with three interceptions as starting quarterbacks in the San Francisco 49ers' 10 victories this season.

Silver linings: 49ers vs. Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The San Francisco 49ers fell to 10-4-1 with a 42-13 road defeat to the Seattle Seahawks.

Silver linings: Cardinals vs. Bears - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The facts: The Arizona Cardinals fell to 5-10 with a 28-13 home defeat to the Chicago Bears in Week 16.

WR Sidney Rice returns to practice | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
A day after sitting out on Wednesday, Seattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice practiced today as a full participant. Rice has been dealing with a nagging knee injury the past, few weeks. Along with Rice, tight end Anthony McCoy (back) offensive tackle Breno Giacomini (elbow), cornerback Walter Thurmond (hamstring), defensive end Red Bryant (foot) and running back Marshawn Lynch (back) returned to practice.

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman: 'Justice was finally served' | - Seattle Sidelines
After his attorney called with the good news, Sherman shared the news with his teammates, and celebration in the locker room ensued. "High fives," Sherman said. "As old school as it is, it’s still the best way to celebrate."

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks spurred on by special approach -
But ask Carroll if his team's 42-13 whitewashing of the mighty San Francisco 49ers was the culmination of a painstaking reimagining of the franchise, and he'll stop you dead in your tracks. "Absolutely not," he responded Wednesday over his cell phone, as he was heading out to practice. "That's just one more stepping stone along the way. We have a long way to go, here. Don't get me wrong, that was a terrific win, because we respect those guys so much. But because of that, this game here in a few days is much bigger than that game."

Richard Sherman wins appeal, available for playoffs - Dec. 27, 2012 | Seattle - Seahawks - TOP STORIES - Seattle's live and local sports station
The full decision on the appeal by arbiter Robert E. Wallace Jr. was released later Thursday confirming that Sherman's appeal was upheld and that his suspension had been nullified. "In this case, after weighing the differing testimonies of the only two people with first-hand knowledge, Mr. Sherman and Mr. (Mark) Cook (the tester), I do not believe the burden has been met that the departures, especially in the actual collection of the sample, did not materially affect the validity of the positive test." "Accordingly, Mr. Sherman's appeal is granted and the discipline is reversed," Wallace Jr. wrote.

Russell Wilson Is Surprise Amid Sure Things Luck and Griffin -
The N.F.L. has never seen a rookie class make a larger impact than this year’s group. Now, with the playoff field nearly set, the extraordinary nature of these rookies is coming into focus.

Video: Richard Sherman discusses his appeals victory | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times

Week 17 - Wilson Press Conference
Russell Wilson talks with the media as the Seahawks prepare for their final regular season game against the Rams at CenturyLink Field.

Black Monday Primer: Definitive guide to 2013 coaching carousel - NFL - Don Banks -
The only constant in the NFL these days is change, and all indications point to another active firing/hiring season commencing on Black Monday -- the day after the league's regular season concludes. While there were no midseason coaching dismissals in 2012, in the neighborhood of seven to 10 teams could be making a move shortly after Week 17 is in the books.

2012 NFL Power Rankings Consensus: Week 17 - Bolts From The Blue
How impressive was the Chargers win over the Jets on Sunday? More impressive than you might think.

NFC Pro Bowl Snubs: The Offense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
OFFENSE Quarterback Made it: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers/Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons/Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins Should have made it: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks/Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

After Further Review: Admit it, Romo haters -- QB at top of his game - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys can win the NFC East by beating the Washington Redskins on Sunday. If they do, there are a lot of media members, fans, and big-time bashers who owe Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo a big apology.

Head Coach Jeff Fisher Press Conference
Head Coach Jeff Fisher speaks to the media December 26.

2013 SB Nation NFL Awards -
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