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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Saturday


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Final cutdown day. Yikes.

Seattle Seahawks defense too good to ignore - ESPN
There are certain times when preseason games actually are more meaningful than they usually seem. In the case of the Seattle Seahawks, their most recent revelatory moment came in a 40-10 ravaging of the Denver Broncos on Aug. 17. As much as people celebrate offensive stars such as Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, it was the Seahawks' defenders who stood out that game. They were instrumental in the beatdown Seattle delivered that night, and they've got plenty more to offer future opponents.

Thoughts on the Raiders game, Brandon Coleman impresses « Seahawks Draft Blog
Oakland are a mess. Years of mismanagement are coming back to haunt them in a big way. Seattle’s backups never got out of second gear and still managed a relatively comfortable 22-6 victory.

Allen Bradford already knows the business side of football
Released. Re-signed. Waived. Claimed. Cut. Added to the practice squad. Allen Bradford has been there, but the middle linebacker is hoping he has done enough this summer to earn a spot on the Seahawks’ 53-man roster.

What we learned from the Seahawks' preseason -
Three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after the Seahawks beat Oakland Thursday night to close out another unbeaten preseason. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Seahawks notebook: Walter Thurmond finishes strong -
Cornerback Walter Thurmond put an exclamation mark on what has been a strong month of practices as the Seahawks closed out the preseason with a 22-6 win over Oakland. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Revisiting injury-related roster options - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals decided against using their single "designated for return" option when placing rookie guard Jonathan Cooper on the season-ending injured reserve list Friday. This counts as a good time to brush up on the various injury-related options available to teams as they move toward the 53-man roster limit Saturday:

Notes from Rams' preseason finale - ESPN
A few, quick leftover observations from the Rams' 24-21 win against Baltimore in Thursday night's preseason finale:

Thurmond, Carpenter bright spots in Seahawks' 22-6 win over Raiders | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
Pete Carroll got a promising glimpse of two players long on potential but short on production during their tenure with the Seattle Seahawks.

Taking a (likely incorrect) stab at the Seahawks' 53-man roster | - Seattle Sidelines
The Seahawks preseason is over following Thursday's 22-6 win over Oakland. That means cuts are coming, so as many of us like to do, let's take a guess at the final roster.

Did Chris Harper's Crucial Drops Cost Him a Spot on the Seahawks 53-Man Roster? | Bleacher Report
The Seattle Seahawks fourth preseason game ended the same way the previous eight did, with a win. Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson shined behind a suspect offensive line, and ...

'No concerns' about RGIII's knee, Dr. Andrews says -
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Dr. James Andrews still had some "concerns" about RGIII's knee. But the doctor denied having any qualms about the quarterback playing.

Kevin Kolb placed on Buffalo Bills' injured reserve -
Kevin Kolb was placed on injured reserve by the Buffalo Bills on Friday with another concussion. Kolb was competing with rookie EJ Manuel for the Bills' starting quarterback job before the injury.

Jonathan Cooper placed on Arizona Cardinals' IR -
Jonathan Cooper's rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals already is over. Cooper, the seventh overall pick in April's draft, was moved to injured reserve Friday, six days after breaking his leg.

Cardinals plan to keep five running backs -- for now -
Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters he plans to hold on to all five of his running backs, meaning roster-bubble candidate Ryan Williams is safe. Or is he?

Matt Leinart released by Buffalo Bills after five days -
Matt Leinart's stay with the Buffalo Bills lasted less than a week. The former first-round draft pick was released by the Bills on Friday after struggling in Thursday's preseason game. Is Leinart's NFL career over?