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Thearon W. Henderson

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Adam Caplan's post on NFL Football | Latest updates on Sulia
#Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas On the rehab 49ers WR Michael Crabtree faces from his torn Achilles “It’s a little difficult. You’ve just got to take your time. He’s a great player and I’m sure he’s going to work hard to get back and listen to all the people that he’s got to listen to. But it’s difficult at first, because it took a while for me to be able to do anything. You know, I had to wear a boot for six to eight weeks, and I couldn’t do anything but upper body stuff. Once I got it off, I still had to take time, because it’s a serious injury, and you don’t want to take it too fast.”

Giants Give Once-Heralded Aaron Curry a Chance -

Curry admitted that a lack of motivation became a greater obstacle than any blocker he encountered in Seattle. “I knew I could do it,” he said after practicing with his new teammates Wednesday. “I knew I would do it. At the time, I wasn’t motivated to do it. Football wasn’t my top priority, to be honest.” Seattle gave Curry ample opportunity, immediately starting him at strongside linebacker. He blames himself for falling far short of the team’s projections. “I think earlier in my career I was real selfish and self-centered,” he said. “I was more about me than the Seahawks.” Curry acknowledged he did not always play at full speed if a defensive call came in that he did not feel played to his strengths.

Percy Harvin already impressing Seahawks teammates, coaches | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Former Viking receiver is being counted on to stay healthy, provide Seahawks with explosiveness, athleticism.

San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – » Six ramifications from the Michael Crabtree injury
So just how difficult will it be for the 49ers without wide receiver Michael Crabtree (torn Achilles tendon) for most if not all of next season? Here are a few things to consider, and not all of them are negative (but most of them are).

Crabtree injured, can Jim Harbaugh turn to AJ Jenkins? | RotoViz
Confession: I was kind of obsessed with AJ Jenkins leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft. Okay, fine, I’m still obsessed with AJ Jenkins. I was actually in the process of writing about him when I learned that Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles, which according to Ourlads, bumps AJ to a starting role. Heck, even before the injury I was still predicting him to see at least 50% of a starter’s workload in 2013. So, why do I love AJ Jenkins so much?

Laces Out – NFL on FOX Blog
When Russell Wilson took over the huddle during his sophomore season at Collegiate High School in Richmond, Virginia, he exuded an unparalleled amount of confidence. That has never changed.

Seahawks’ Lynch has DUI motion continued | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had a court date on Wednesday for a motion to suppress evidence in Alameda (Calif.) County Court, regarding charges filed against him, alleging he was driving under the influence of alcohol last July.

No question: Russell Wilson's in charge now | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Former third-round pick looking to build on his 2012 rookie performance

Thoughts on Michael Crabtree’s injury « Seahawks Draft Blog
I remember speaking to a coach in another sport about a year ago and we ended up talking about injuries. I asked which was the more serious ‘common’ injury an athlete can get. I thought it was an ACL. He said it used to be. Times have changed though. Now it was the dreaded achilles.

Where Russell Wilson has shown the most growth - Blog -
"He's grown miles and miles from where he was last year in terms of how confident he is in his reads, how quickly he makes his reads, how quickly he moves from No. 1 to No. 2 to No. 3," Sherman told "Brock and Danny" Thursday.

QB matters most, with or without Michael Crabtree - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers, though unusually healthy in recent seasons, had a hard time recovering from injuries to return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. and top defensive lineman Justin Smith over the past two seasons.

Closer look: Defensive starter projections - NFC West Blog - ESPN
We interrupt ongoing coverage of Michael Crabtree's surgically repaired Achilles tendon to continue our recent discussion on average ages for projected 2013 NFL starting lineups. Offense went first. Defense is up next.

Around the NFC West: Week 1 implications - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Our recent item looking at Week 1 dynamics for NFC West teams requires a significant update.

NFL's Dumbest Teams: Chip Kelly Must Re-Educate Philadelphia Eagles
No coach faces bigger challenges in 2013 than Chip Kelly.

Five NFL scheme changes to watch: Offense -
You've heard by now that Chip Kelly plans to reinvent the wheel on offense in Philadelphia. He isn't the only one. Here's five other teams planning to change things up on offense:

Michael Crabtree fallout? San Francisco 49ers remain NFL's best -
Yes, the Michael Crabtree injury obviously hurts, but rumors of the San Francisco 49ers' demise have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, Adam Schein says Jim Harbaugh's team remains the NFL's best.

Flynn restructures deal for Raiders | National Football Post
Move saves Oakland around $1 million against the salary cap.

Peyton Manning Q&A: Broncos QB details long road back, ambitions - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
A year ago, no one knew if Peyton Manning was still Peyton Manning. The Broncos QB details with Pete Prisco how he overcame a healthy dose of self-doubt.

49ers WR Michael Crabtree: I'll be back -
San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree underwent surgery on his torn Achilles on Wednesday and by Thursday was on Instagram promising that he'll 'be back.'

Podcast: On The Couch with Sigmund Bloom and Matt Waldman
Last night, I recorded a podcast with my fellow Footballguys staffers Sigmund Bloom and Matt Waldman. You can listen to it here.

Fallout: 49ers lose Crabtree - Fantasy Fallout -
The tenth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Michael Crabtree labored through three largely disappointing seasons to open his career. His reception and yardage numbers were increasing, but questions remained about Crabtree's viability as a true No. 1 wide receiver. A wideout who could beat defenses at the short, intermediate and deep levels, and run by coverage. Crabtree had shown soft hands, route-running chops, and some yards-after-catch skills. Entering 2012, at least, Crabtree appeared to be shaping up as a possession, No. 2-type receiver.

NFL Salary Cap - 3 More Progressive Player Benefits
TFE submits three more progressive Player Benefits negotiated into the last CBA extension and their cumulative effect on the NFL Salary Cap.