We've been hearing the following whispers around the NFC West:
• Our Seahawks sources tell us the team was very happy with the play of ex-Bronco Tyler Polumbus at left tackle in place of the injured Russell Okung. With Okung healthy again, don't be surprised if Polumbus starts getting a lot more looks at right tackle.
• Keep an eye on the Rams' situation at the safety position, where O.J. Atogwe, Craig Dahl and James Butler have all been hindered on and off by injuries. Entering the season, it was widely assumed Atogwe and Butler would be the likely starters at free safety and strong safety, respectively. But with Butler hurt much of the preseason, Dahl has started most of the time. "But it's not like Dahl is considered the undisputed starter by any means," said one team insider. "If all three of them ever get fully healthy, it will be real interesting to see what they end up doing."
• Cardinals fourth-year NT Gabe Watson had been rumored to be expendable, with the team seemingly having a surplus at his position. However, that might not be the case anymore, with rookie Dan Williams apparently having some weight issues.
• Niners defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, whose unit's shortcomings early this season have been overshadowed by the team's glaring offensive problems, believes a more physical approach will be a key moving forward. "We've got to strike people, separate from people, get people off of us in the running game and in the passing game," Manusky said. "That's what we've got to do across the board, and (our) players know that."