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Two more days.

Seahawks notebook: Carpenter limps off practice field -
Carpenter left the field midway through Monday's practice, walking alongside a trainer. Now, that doesn't mean it's time to panic. This is training camp, after all, and players get bumped and bruised all the time, but this is also Carpenter, which makes it something worth monitoring.

Thurmond works at cornerback with first unit | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
In another development that shows his continued health and how well he’s playing during training camp, Walter Thurmond got the majority of reps at cornerback in place of Brandon Browner with the first unit.

Monday practice notes — Thurmond continues to state his case | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
A day after Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that cornerback Walter Thurmond has “shown up” during camp — some of the highest praise a player can receive this time of year — Thurmond appeared to show up even more. Thurmond got a lot of work with the first defensive unit today in the team’s 10th practice of camp alongside Richard Sherman, with Brandon Browner apparently healthy but getting some rest.

Rookie Luke Willson fits in at tight end for Seahawks | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
With starter Zach Miller sidelined, Luke Willson has made an impression during training camp

Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Outlook | Fanspeak's NFC West Blog
Pete Carroll is building a serious contender in Seattle and he is doing it much the way he did at USC, by having fun. The Seahawks made the playoffs a year ago, won a postseason game and return largely intact. Now, they are aiming for a third trip to the playoffs in just four seasons and are even talking about returning to the Super Bowl.

Anthony Davis: All About ‘Winning’
Anthony Davis continues to improve each day at 49ers training camp.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Report: Willis has surgery on hand; will be back for opener
Linebacker Patrick Willis recently had surgery on his fractured right hand, the third time the 49ers' inside linebacker has had a procedure on the hand since 2010.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Training camp D9: Jenkins returns, makes deep catch; Brock jumps out as no. 3 CB
The 49ers went from threadbare to cupboard-is-full regarding their wide receiving corps. Four wideouts who missed Friday's practice - A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Kassim Osgood and Kyle Williams - were back in action today. As were newcomers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins, who were added on Friday.

Whitner: Reid can benefit from facing Manning | CSN Bay Area
Donte Whitner was the No. 8 overall pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2006. There were never a doubt he would be on the field for Week 1 of his rookie season.

The first depth chart is out! | Insiders
Coach Bruce Arians said today not to make too much of the team’s first depth chart.

Rams' roster taking shape : Sports
The preliminaries are over for Rams training camp. Preseason or not, let the games begin. Most of the starting jobs are spoken for, but there’s still a lot to sort out between now and Sept 8, when the regular season begins at home against Arizona.

Tyrann Mathieu showered in praise at Cardinals camp -
One scout called defensive back Tyrann Mathieu "pound-for-pound, the best player on the field" in Arizona Cardinals training camp. Does the team have a third-round draft steal on its hands?

New ‘Matrix’-style replays to be debuted during ‘Sunday Night Football’ opener at Dallas | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Shutdown Corner: freeD Yankee Stadium from Replay on Vimeo. The technological advances in television have changed the way we watch football. Check out a classic game from 20 years ago. You'll notice the difference, and not just because the score isn't … Continue reading →

Rams camp observations: Even younger, faster and looking dangerous -
The Rams are flush with young, speedy talent, but will it translate to wins? Jason La Canfora says Sam Bradford, with his new weapons, looks primed to lead a playoff push.

Ranking the backup quarterbacks in NFL
Which teams have the best and worst backup quarterbacks? That’s a tricky question, as teams treat the backup quarterback position differently. For the Eagles, Bills, Jaguars, and Jets, the backup quarterback will be the loser in the training camp battle for the starting job. In Dallas, Detroit, and Indianapolis, the backup is a savvy veteran who can cover for the star quarterback in a pinch. Some teams have young quarterback-of-the-future types, the Patriots have a backup who doubles as trade bait (and a third-stringer who doubles as a tight end), and the Steelers are experimenting with a backup who doesn’t have an AARP card. There are also a number of teams hopelessly lost at the position, perhaps best described as “We learned nothing from watching the 2011 Colts.”

Weekend takeaways from 49ers & Raiders Camp
John Middlekauff shares his takeaways from the weekend events at San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders training camp.

The Final Look at 2013 Rookie Compensation - Over the Cap
With Chance Warmack’s contract officially on the books the 2013 NFL rookie class is all under contract. While some of the numbers may be off by a few dollars here and there, you can view the contract information for everyone on the site.

Pay Cut or Be Cut: The Reality of August Football - Over the Cap
August can be a very trying month for many mid-tier veteran football players. While many people assume that making it past March is a sign that a player is likely to make a team all it means is that the player makes it through round 1 of the process. If you are lucky enough to have offseason bonus money in your contract at least you earned something for the year. If you don’t have bonus money in your contract you may be worse off than you would be by being released in March.

Running Game Leaps - The Smash Mouth -

Lance Zierlein pinpoints NFL running games poised for big statistical leaps during the 2013 fantasy season, like the Steelers and Le'Veon Bell.

A Team Full of Coaches | The MMQB with Peter King
How the Seahawks’ system of checks and balances, with lots of tough love, has molded them into a contender

WK 1 Can't-Miss Play: Blackmon's return - NFL Videos
Packers CB Will Blackmon takes a Vikings punt 76 yards for a TD in the 3rd quarter.

Eric Branch's post on San Francisco 49ers | Latest updates on Sulia
Always-candid #49ers S Donte Whitner gave this scouting report on one of his peers, the #Seahawks Earl Thomas … “I see a guy that’s really, really quick – fast,” Whitner said of Seattle's All-Pro safety. “Takes really good angles to the football. But the majority of the plays that he makes are just running fast to the football, when he sees it (get) tipped, catch the ball, whatever. There are a lot of guys out there that are technically sound that make plays based on what they see on the film study. "And there’s guys that go out there and make plays based on the luck of the play. So sometimes he’s in the right position and sometimes he’s not – that’s with everybody in the National Football League. But I think he is a top-five safety in the National Football League.”

Sidney Rice visits Seahawks fan’s barbecue on trip to Switzerland | Q13 FOX News
Being a Seahawks fan in Switzerland can’t be easy with the 5,243 mile distance. Fortunately, Sidney Rice was able to make two fans feel a little closer to Seattle on his recent trip to Zurich.

With expectations high, Seahawks stress responsibility -
Leave no doubt, 24/7. That's the message written on T-shirts distributed among the Seahawks and their coaches. The phrase is written on the back to keep its message at the front of the team's mind. More than a motto, it's more like a mission and it's something worth considering for anyone who questioned how this team is going to handle both the expectations and scrutiny that are going to be part of this season.

Pete Carroll on Percy Harvin's hip, Bruce Irvin's role -
"We're gonna look at the timeframes and when they say whatever it is, if it's three to four months or whatever, we're gonna go to three, and if it's something less than that we're gonna go to the early part of it and hope that he can pull it off," Carroll said. "He'll get great support and backing to get this done and we'll see how fast we can return him."

Offseason changes have Red Bryant in better shape -
Besides noticing that Russell Wilson's wife was signing autographs after Seahawks practice, I also picked up on the fact that Red Bryant's wife is pregnant.

Rams reset after 'phase one' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
At the conclusion of Saturday’s scrimmage, Rams coach Jeff Fisher declared the opening phase of this year’s training camp officially complete.