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Preseason Week 4.

Seahawks' offense is 'just as good' as defense | HeraldNet.com - Sports
With wide receiver Percy Harvin healthy and quarterback Russell Wilson continuing to progress as he heads into his third year, a lot of people wonder if this is the year the Seattle Seahawks open up the playbook and start throwing more often.

NFP rookie report: Britt, Coyle & Evans | National Football Post
Many draft analysts thought that Seattle reached when they selected Britt in the second round of May’s draft. They didn’t.

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Seahawks " CBS Chicago
If the third preseason game is truly a dress rehearsal, the Bears need a wardrobe change. The defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks steamrolled the Bears, 34-6.

Thoughts on the Bears game & Sam Bradford’s injury | Seahawks Draft Blog
The offense hasn’t ever looked this devastating under Carroll. In the last two weeks it’s hit new heights. Russell Wilson is playing at a new level. The running game is rolling. The offensive line is doing a fine job. And with a healthy Percy Harvin, the Seahawks genuinely have one of the most explosive players in the NFL. Yes it’s pre-season, but this is incredibly encouraging.

Seahawks notebook: Earl Thomas helps his case with long punt return - Seattle Seahawks | 710 ESPN Seattle
There it was. For all the debate about Earl Thomas returning punts – whether the potential reward presented by his speed and shiftiness outweighs the risk of injury to one of Seattle's most important players – there wasn't much evidence that he would actually be any good in that role.

A look ahead as Seahawks prepare for final exhibition at Oakland | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Offense could be even better than thought, illegal contact might be overblown and Terrelle Pryor has one more week to make the team.

Seahawks have backup-quarterback issue to settle in this short week before Thursday’s final exhibition at Oakland | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks get a second consecutive day off from practicing today. They will be back on the field at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Monday. There are three days of workouts in Renton this week before the team flies to Oakland for the fourth and final exhibition game.

Five things you need to know from 49ers-Chargers - NFL.com
Two weeks away from the regular-season opener, the starting offense of the San Francisco 49ers doesn't appear ready for games that count.

Observation Deck: San Francisco 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The newly installed sod at $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium held up well enough, even if it caused San Francisco 49ers place-kicker Phil Dawson to slip on a successful PAT and the kicker to give the grass the evil eye in the second quarter.

McDonald emerges as pass-catching threat | CSN Bay Area
Tight end Vance McDonald did not have many receptions as a rookie. But he did catch a lot of other stuff that was thrown his way.

Rams don't need to jump at trade to replace unlucky Sam Bradford - CBSSports.com
Sam Bradford can't stay healthy, but the Rams don't have to trade for another team's backup. They can ride it out and draft a healthier QB in April.

2014-15 NFL Fine Chart | The Daily Spot
The NFL handed out over $3 million in on the field fines in the 2013 season. They’ve recently released their official infraction list for the 2014 season, which includes fine types, the cost for a first offense, and the cost for a second offense. All money collected through the fines are donating through the NFL foundation, which helps to assist former NFL players. Note: All fines listed are the minimum amount the NFL can collect for each infraction. Each incident is subject to a review by the league.

Carson Palmer struggles against Bengals defense | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals starting offense looked good in their first two outings of the preseason, but things didn't go nearly as well against the Bengals on Sunday night.

Fisher declares Shaun Hill is "our guy" | ProFootballTalk
Rams coach Jeff Fisher has confirmed that, indeed, quarterback Sam Bradford has been lost for the year, re-tearing the ACL that he first tore in October 2013. Now, with Bradford done, the Rams will hand the ball to backup Shaun Hill. "Shaun's our guy," Fisher told reporters.

St. Louis Rams need more help behind new starting QB Shaun Hill - ESPN
Summoning his best Dick Vermeil impression Sunday evening, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher began the sentence just how Vermeil did about 15 years ago.

Sam Bradford out for Rams' season with torn ACL - NFL.com
Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in Saturday night's preseason win over the Browns.

Alan Branch released by Buffalo Bills after DUI arrest - NFL.com
Just one day after being arrest for drunken driving, Alan Branch was cut by the Buffalo Bills. Learn about the salary cap implications for the team after the veteran defensive tackle's release.

Bills' Doug Marrone open to shop for new backup QB - NFL.com
Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone told reporters that he's open to signing a new backup quarterback behind EJ Manuel after seeing Dennis Dixon and company struggle in a losing effort vs. the Bucs.

Jeff Fisher downplays Zac Stacy not starting for Rams - NFL.com
Rams running back Zac Stacy is widely viewed as the team's opening-day starter, leaving plenty to wonder why Benny Cunningham opened up against the Browns. Is there reason for concern in St. Louis?

Broncos' Matt Prater will be suspended four games - NFL.com
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater will be suspended for four games suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. "I'm accepting full responsibility," Prater said.

Peyton Manning flagged for taunting after Wes Welker takes huge hit - CBSSports.com
Peyton Manning took time out from lighting up the Texans' secondary to get penalized for taunting D.J. Swearinger. No, really.

High-Volume Running Backs - Draft Analysis - Rotoworld.com
Jonathan Bales analyzes whether running backs actually break down after high-volume seasons.

The Agent's Role in NFL Contract Negotiations | Over the Cap
Okay, so now let’s get into the services you need to provide your athletes. I’m going to break it down into four major categories:

NCAA denies waiver for Dorial Green-Beckham, is the NFL next? - CBSSports.com
Talented wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will have to watch from the sidelines at Oklahoma in 2014 after the NCAA denied the school's request for a waiver to allow the Missouri transfer to play immediately.