Found September 06, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
TEMPE, Ariz. When the Seahawks signed free agent quarterback Matt Flynn this summer, some assumed they were grooming their franchise quarterback a guy who would eventually take the reins from Tarvaris Jackson (now with Buffalo). Then Seattle drafted Wisconsin standout Russell Wilson in the third round and the game changed. After an impressive preseason, Wilson was named the starter for Seattles opener Sunday in Arizona. That means one high-priced free agent quarterback (Flynn) will be staring across the field at another, Kevin Kolb, who lost the Cardinals QB battle to former fifth-round draft pick John Skelton. Thats the price of free agency, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. You take people off the free-agent market, youre going to have to pay for it. The difference between the Seahawks and Cardinals situations is that Seattle gave itself options by signing Flynn and drafting Wilson in the same offseason to help shore up a position of weakness. When the Cards signed Kolb, they thought were done addressing their quarterback needs, even though there were several quarterbacks available to them in the 2011 draft, including Jake Locker and Andy Dalton. The Cardinals drafted Patrick Peterson with their first pick, and hes clearly been an impact player. They also didnt have high grades on the quarterbacks that were available in that draft, but given Kolbs early returns, its fair to wonder how well this franchise evaluates quarterbacks, and its fair to wonder if they should have taken another quarterback in 2011 as a fallback in case Kolb didnt pan out. Were looking for quarterbacks every year, Carroll said. We really believe that you have to continue to upgrade that position. Theres no telling whether Wilson or Flynn will eventually pan out, but its good to have options. FIRST INJURY REPORT The Cards released their first official injury report on Wednesday. Wide receiver Early Doucet missed practice for a non-injury related reason. Linebacker OBrien Schofield (knee), running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (groin), right guard Adam Snyder (elbow), cornerback Greg Toler (hip), tight end Rob Housler (hamstring) and safety Rashad Johnson (abdomen) were all limited on Wednesday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he does not think any of the injuries will threaten players status for Sundays season opener, but Thursdays practice will provide a clearer picture. ALL'S WELLS Cardinals running back Beanie Wells has missed just three games in his last 30. All three were against the Seahawks, this weeks opponent. Weve watched a lot of film of Beanie, but even in our years back in college weve never played against him, Carroll said of himself and a couple members of his staff. Weve always seen him do great things, and we have a lot of respect for him. Wells said last years Week 3, 13-10 loss in Seattle was the most frustrating, given the Cards troubles in short-yardage situations. G-ROBS PLAN Gerell Robinson didnt have much time to sulk over the Broncos decision to cut him last week. The following day, a Cardinals' representative called and asked if hed like to be on their practice squad. The former Arizona State receiver didnt think twice, but he hopes he wont be spending the whole season in that position. Its good to be home, said Robinson, whose 1,397 receiving yards are the second-highest single-season total in Arizona State history. Its not in my plans to stay here for a full year. If it happens, it happens. At the same time, Ill do everything I can to get activated. CAPTAINS The Cardinals named their team captains on Wednesday. On offense, they are receiver Larry Fitzgerald and center Lyle Sendlein. On defense, they are inside linebacker Paris Lenon and strong safety Adrian Wilson. On special teams, they are Reggie Walker and Anthony Sherman. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Week One NFL Picks: Looking for Redemption

The curtain-raising matchup for the 2012 NFL season between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants could serve as metaphor for the renewal of hostilities between Steven and me as we once again pit our prognosticating prowess against each other. On the one hand, you have an underachiever hoping that 2012 will be different than the disappointing 2011 effort (That would be Steven...

Report: Seahawks' Lynch questionable for opener

The Seattle Seahawks are not sure whether running back Marshawn Lynch will be able to play in Sunday's regular-season opener against the Cardinals because he has had back spasms, ESPN.com reported. Lynch did not practice Monday and has not played since the second week of the preseason. Lynch rushed for 1,204 yards last season, when he started 15 games for Seattle. The one...

NFL Fantasy Football News: Robert Turbin could start for the Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has been suffering back spasms this preseason and his status is uncertain for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. If Lynch is unable to go, rookie RB Robert Turbin will start in his place according to 710 ESPN Seattle. In deeper leagues, Turbin is worth owning this season. I have watched every Seattle Seahawks preseason game this summer...

Robert Turbin may start opener

Seattle Seahawks rookie Robert Turbin may be forced into a starting role for his NFL debut as Marshawn Lynch is reportedly questionable for their opener against the Cardinals. Turbin may start on Sunday The Seahawks also have Leon Washington and Kregg Lumpkin on the roster, but Tubrin would be the best fit in terms of replacing Lynch. He’s a physical runner with a similar build...

Seattle's Lynch uncertain for opener

Marshawn Lynch sat at his locker on Wednesday as Seattle's star running back talked for the first time since the start of training camp. The Seahawks hope Lynch is on his feet and on the field come Sunday in the season opener at Arizona and not just a spectator on the bench. ''The goal is to (play). But I stay ready,'' Lynch said. ''So if I do, I do...

It's Finally Week One For The Seattle Seahawks

It’s the first week of the NFL regular season and before I begin talking about it, why don’t we take a moment to be thankful that football is back. Now I know college football started last week and I’m aware that the preseason started over a month ago, but for an NFL guy like me, Wednesday night was the beginning of the best time of the year. The Giants and Cowboys already...

Marshawn Lynch Returns To Practice Thursday

Seattle halfback Marshawn Lynch (back) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.Fantasy Spin:There's really no way of predicting whether Lynch will be available Sunday. Even if he doesn't have back spasms for a few days the spasms could always return prior to Sunday's game. Lynch owners should be ready to plug in another option...

Lynch ailing, Turbin lurking

The Seattle Seahawks may be without their starting running back when they open their season in Arizona on Sunday.Marshawn Lynchhas had troubles with chronic back spasms this week, putting his status for Sunday’s game in question and possibly in doubt. The trickle down affect in fantasy football leagues is great, as this could put more on the shoulders ofRussell Wilson. The Cardinals...

Marshawn Lynch Uncertain For Week 1

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has experienced back spasms and the team is uncertain if he'll play Sunday.Fantasy Spin:It's looking like Lynch is going to carry a questionable tag Sunday and he may even wind up being a game-time decision.

Seahawks Lynch could be out on Sunday

The Seattle Seahawks could possibly be without Marshawn Lynch for Sunday’s season opener at the Arizona Cardinals. The running back has been experiencing issues with back spasms, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, and his status remains up in the air at this point.

Free Agent Kellen Winslow to visit Patriots

The Patriots continue to weed through tight ends, and thus the upcoming visit of Kellen Winslow isn’t surprising. Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and Visanthe Shiancoe are currently gainfully employed as the Patriots tight ends, however, we all know Shiancoe could be gone in a heartbeat. Winslow, released last week by the Seattle Seahawks will be passing through Gillette, but...

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals: Three Bold Predictions

These teams have strong defenses.In a division won by the 49ers last year because of defense, this should come as no surprise. Teams often wind up mimicking their divisional rivals (the Ravens are built around defense, power running, and a developing quarterback with a big arm and big body, just like the Steelers), and the NFC West is no exception.Both teams have considerable continuity...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.