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Reviewing some of Pro Football Focus' Seahawks grades | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
There remain two more NFL games this weekend, with the traditional opening Monday Night doubleheader on tap tonight.

Seahawks put Jeremy Lane on IR with designation to return; sign former Panthers CB Josh Thomas, OT Andrew McDonald | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
The Seahawks have indeed used their once-per-season of the injured-reserve with a designation to return in eight weeks on nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane, who re-injured his groin in last week’s opening win over Green Bay. If he gets healthy enough by then Lane is eligible to return for the Nov. 9 home game against the New York Giants.

NFLPA executive director calls Ray Rice video ‘disturbing' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith was in Seattle on Monday to meet with the Seahawks as part of his annual meetings with teams. Here’s a transcript of Smith’s comments on the Ray Rice video, the Seahawks and the nearing of an agreement for a new drug policy:

Brandon Mebane is ‘unsung hero’ of Seahawks defense | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Pro Football Focus graded Mebane as the third-best defensive tackle in the league last year. "He just controls the line of scrimmage," linebacker K.J. Wright says.

Monday in Hawkville: Carolina-to-Seattle connection clicks twice
The Seahawks signed former Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas and also signed tackle Andrew McDonald off the Panthers’ practice squad on Monday.

A crash course for the new corners
Injuries and free-agent losses have depleted the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom secondary. That’s why Marcus Burley was acquired in a trade 10 days ago and Josh Thomas was signed on Monday.

Danny Shelton, Markus Golden & other notes | Seahawks Draft Blog
Danny Shelton (NT, Washington) is 6-2, 339lbs. He also has six sacks in two games, 7.5 TFL’s and 24 total tackles. He’s a classic nose tackle in every sense — short, stout, strong and wide. Watching him on tape, however, I think his stock will be limited. Teams are switching to nickel as their base. I’m not sure whether a player like this warrants a high grade in the modern NFL. Sure, you’d like to plug him in there for rushing downs. Yet to be effective overall he has to be a physical freak too. Louis Nix suffered badly last year because despite his size and production, he just wasn’t unique like Dontari Poe. Shelton is more Nix than Poe. He might be a nice pickup for someone, but probably not as an early pick unless he’s more athletic than he looks.

Good news on Seattle Seahawks' first road game - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks couldn’t ask for a much better situation for their first road game of the season.

Seahawks place CB Jeremy Lane on Injured Reserve with designation to return | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks have placed cornerback Jeremy Lane on Injured Reserve with a designation to return. The move was first reported by ESPN and since confirmed.

Report: Jeremy Lane to injured reserve-return | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane left last Thursday’s win over the Packers with a groin injury that coach Pete Carroll said would keep him out of the lineup for a while.

Adam Schefter Is Fed Up With The NFL
ESPN's Adam Schefter has been all over SportsCenter this morning to discuss the newly released video of Ray Rice knocking out Janay Palmer, and he has gone weapons free.

Eddie Lacy is Really Good: A Look at His Week 1 Performance Against the Seahawks - Acme Packing Company
The Packers' running back continued to make defenders miss in week one despite playing against a Super Bowl champion defense.

The case for going for it on 4th down - SBNation.com
SB Nation goes inside the numbers to figure out when football teams should go for it on 4th down. Short answer: a lot more often!

NFL Stock Down: Week 1 | Over the Cap
Every Monday during the season we will take a look back at three players who are entering important stages of their contract that may have hurt their stock in upcoming negotiations with their play on Sunday. In addition we will also look at one player signed in the offseason to a new contract that did not live up to the expectations that his contract sets for the player.

Report: NFLPA reps will vote on new drug testing Tuesday - CBSSports.com
According to a report, the NFLPA player reps will vote on a new drug testing procedure Tuesday.

Player approval of new drug-testing policy is no sure thing | ProFootballTalk
Player representatives might vote on a new drug-testing proposal tomorrow. But they might not. And if they do vote, it's no sure thing that they'll vote to approve the owners' latest offer.

Shaun Hill a longshot to play for Rams in Week 2 - NFL.com
Shaun Hill's status for Week 2 is in doubt after he strained his quad in the St. Louis Rams' blowout loss to the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source informed of his injury.

LaMichael James released by San Francisco 49ers - NFL.com
LaMichael James has decided the Bay Area isn't right for him. Stuck at third string on the depth chart, the former Oregon Duck requested and was granted his release from the San Francisco 49ers.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Week 1
Each Sunday, the FO staff sends around e-mails about the games that each of us are watching. We share information about the games that the rest of the group might not be watching, ask questions, and keep everyone else informed about which games they might want to turn into (if they can).

Patterson shines: Who's making the leap after Week 1? - NFL.com
Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson leads the list of "Making the Leap" candidates after a strong Week 1. Who else helped or hurt their stock?

Harbaugh on 49ers: 'They've got titanium in the spine' - NFL.com
The 49ers on Sunday came out swinging in a convincing 28-17 win over the Cowboys that shifted the spotlight away from off-the-field questions about the future of coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jordan Reed, Barry Cofield to miss action for Redskins - NFL.com
Coach Jay Gruden said Monday that tight end Jordan Reed and nose tackle Barry Cofield will miss time with injuries. How will the Redskins make up for the loss of two important players?

Monday Morning MD | National Football Post
How long until top draft pick Jadeveon Clowney returns to the field?

Robert Griffin III's struggles are cause for concern - NFL.com
The Washington Redskins managed just six points in their season-opening loss to the Houston Texans. Robert Griffin III still doesn't look like the same player who set the league on fire in 2012.

Robert Mathis injury a 'devastating blow' to Colts - NFL.com
Coach Chuck Pagano described Robert Mathis' season-ending Achilles injury as a "devastating blow" to the pass rusher and the Indianapolis Colts. How can the defense make up for Mathis' loss?