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Luke Willson to get increased role in Zach Miller's absence - Sept. 30, 2014 | SPORTS RADIO KJR
With starting tight end Zach Miller set to miss several weeks following ankle surgery over the bye week, the Seattle Seahawks will have to turn to second-year tight end Luke Willson to pick up the slack.

Garry Gilliam gets to show off his versatility at TE for Seahawks; Richard Sherman on Denver | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Garry Gilliam has played just two snaps on offense through the Seahawks’ first three games. That may now increase exponentially, beginning Monday night at Washington, as the Seahawks rookie implied with this tweet Monday:

Kam Chancellor takes the "Mars Blackmon" cure to play through bone spurs in both ankles: "No concerns at all" | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Basically, the old Spike Lee-Michael Jordan skit is Kam Chancellor’s new cure for painful bone spurs in both ankles.

Seattle Seahawks Kam Chancellor's new shoes are the answer - ESPN
The shoes were the solution, according to Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor.

Malcolm Smith getting back to full speed after offseason surgery - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith tells 'Bob and Groz' that Seattle's bye week was a chance to continue to work his way back to full speed following offseason ankle surgery. - Blog - 710 ESPN Seattle

Former Dunbar standout Horace Miller signed to Panthers' practice squad -
Former Dunbar standout outside linebacker Horace Miller has signed with the Carolina Panthers' practice squad.

Hawk Talk: Live Seahawks chat with Danny O'Neil - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
The next edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil comes your way Wednesday at noon, a day later than normal with the Seahawks playing on "Monday Night Football".

The Film Don't Lie: Washington Redskins - ESPN
The Washington Redskins’ defense started strong in the first two games, but there were tiny cracks that made you wonder when it came to big plays allowed. Only a few were made, but it was clear it was something to watch -- because it has been an issue for a few years. Sure enough, it’s an issue again.

Jay Gruden’s Redskins focus on themselves, not Seahawks, as practices resume - The Washington Post
Coaches didn’t ease the Redskins back into action, or start preparing for the Seahawks. Instead, they cracked the whip, and took a look at themselves.

Niles Paul expects to play for Redskins vs. Seahawks after suffering concussion - Washington Times
Paul said it was the first time he has been diagnosed with a concussion. It is also the first time this season a Redskins player has been diagnosed with a concussion after five were last season.

Trent Williams says desperate Redskins can beat Seahawks - The Washington Post
Left tackle Trent Williams says although it looks like a mismatch, he and his teammates are fully capable of rebounding from last Thursday’s defeat to beat Seattle.

Hey guys, It's Joshua Kasparek AKA Darthkripple Writer of This Week In Defense and other articles over at Fieldgulls Ask Me Anything! : Seahawks
Hey guys, It's Joshua Kasparek AKA Darthkripple Writer of This Week In Defense and other articles over at Fieldgulls Ask Me Anything!

Seahawks are tough in prime time - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Prime time is the right time for the Seattle Seahawks, especially Monday nights.

Monday in Hawkville: With Zach Miller out, Luke Willson and perhaps Garry Gilliam are in
Second-year tight end Luke Willson steps in as the starter with Zach Miller out indefinitely following ankle surgery last week, and rookie tackle Garry Gilliam could be the best option to fill the No. 3 spot.

Chiefs break Seahawks' Guinness noise record | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Arrowhead Stadium is once again the loudest outdoor venue in sports.

Seattle Seahawks Are Being Underestimated As They Try To Repeat - Oregon Sports News
No NFL team has repeated as Super Bowl champions since the New England Patriots did so a decade ago. If you look at all the previews heading into the 2014-2015 season, barely anyone is picking the Seattle Seahawks to repeat. The Seahawks are one of the youngest teams in the NFL, still possess the best defense and have the league’s toughest venue to play in. Most are picking against them because repeating as champions just doesn’t happen very often. This Seattle team was underestimated heading into last year’s Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos who they throttled 43-8. Go ahead and not pick them to win the Super Bowl again, but this Seahawks team is poised to become the first team to repeat as champions in a decade.

Is This (Finally) the End of the Patriots? "
I don’t think what happened last night is Tom Brady’s fault. I’m going to tell you why, and it’s going to sound like I’m making excuses, and in the long run, maybe that will end up being the case. It’s entirely possible to see how ineffective the Patriots have been on offense over the first four weeks and suggest they are fatally flawed and there is something horribly wrong with them to the extent that even Tom Brady and Bill Belichick can’t fix it.

First Down/Fourth Down: The best and worst of Weeks 1 through 4 |
On Monday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated NFL writers Andy Benoit and Chris Burke discuss why the Cowboys and Saints offenses are going in two different directions and the great play of Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray.

Life with Harbaugh is far from perfect, but life without could be worse |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

The NFC season at the quarter pole | National Football Post
What happened to New Orleans? Is Arizona for real? Let’s take a look.

Carson Palmer's nerve issue in shoulder lingering -
Carson Palmer believed last week that he'd definitely play in Week 5. That seems less likely as the recovery of the nerve in his shoulder has slowed.

Trent Williams hopes to play on Monday night | ProFootballTalk
The Redskins played last Thursday night and lost to the Giants in a rout that was made all the worse by the departure of left tackle Trent Williams with a knee injury. Any initial fears of a season-ending injury subsided on Friday, but his presence in Week Five is still anything but certain.

More support for Harbaugh from 49ers locker room | ProFootballTalk
Deion Sanders says 49ers players want coach Jim Harbaugh to go.  Harbaugh says it's a bunch of crap.  The jurors (i.e., the players) are beginning to chime, and the early verdict is . . . . Crap.

Alex Boone: I know that everybody loves Jim Harbaugh -
Trent Baalke and Alex Boone both dismissed that there is any fracture within the San Francisco 49ers' locker room. The veteran guard went as far as to emphatically voice for his support his coach.

NFL Power Rankings: Rivers energizing Bolts, Luck lifting the Colts -
Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck are playing at an MVP level and lifting their teams up the rankings while Drew Brees can't rescue the sinking Saints.

Who will win Offensive, Defensive Rookie of the Year? -
At the season's quarter mark, our weekly "Rookie Watch" series takes a look at this year's early leaders for Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year.

NFL Week 5 Picks: Colts over Ravens, Bears top Panthers, 49ers over Chiefs -
If you're wondering which NFL teams are going to win in Week 5, you've come to the right spot.

Winners and losers from first quarter of 2014 season -
With the first month of the 2014 season at a close, it looks like both the Giants and Chiefs have recovered from an early malaise. Who are the other winners and losers?

49ers-Eagles recap: Jim Harbaugh makes curious decisions - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers pulled out a 26-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4, but they did it in spite of some questionable decisions by head coach Jim Harbaugh. Here are a few of them.

Arizona Cardinals Draft Classes through 3 Games - Revenge of the Birds
How have the past three classes done through three games?

Greg Cosell Talks About Austin Davis - Turf Show Times
With the bye week over the Rams will more than likely start Davis again. But how good has Davis played? Well let's see what this NFL insider thinks.

Seahawks notebook: Luke Willson, other backups to shoulder load in Zach Miller’s absence - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
With tight end Zach Miller recovering from ankle surgery, it’s "next man up" time at tight end for the Seattle Seahawks.

The Dallas Cowboys Ride Again | Rolling Stone
At night, AT&T Stadium glows like the moon. During the day, as the Texas sun glints off its 800-foot glass exterior, it shines like one of Jerry Jones' Super Bowl rings. Both of those features are, I presume, intentional.

Contract year disappointments & surprises | National Football Post
A look at the players coming up big and small at the most important of times.

Philip Rivers, J.J. Watt among awards contenders at quarter mark -
Four weeks into the 2014 NFL season, Bucky Brooks takes stock of the individual award races. Will San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers take home MVP honors for the first time in his career?

Age is just a number for Reggie Wayne and Steve Smith -
This week's Post-Mortem is filled with grim stats about serious problems undercutting on-field efforts. However, Reggie Wayne and Steve Smith used Sunday to make an important statement about age.

Pete Carroll: Zach Miller had ankle "cleaned up"
Pete Carroll talks about the status of Zach Miller following his ankle surgery during the bye week.

Why stop now? Raiders should cut ties with McKenzie as well | FOX Sports
Now that the team has rid itself of Dennis Allen, it's about time the spotlight should focus on the failed tenure on GM Reggie McKenzie.