Updated Oct. 11, 2010 @ 4:43 p.m. ET
Here are several whispers we've been hearing from around the NFC West:
• There certainly hasn't been much hesitancy by Cardinals opponents in challenging Pro Bowl CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. "He hasn't played poorly, but he hasn't been anything like Nnamdi Asomugha or Darrelle Revis, either," said one daily team observer of Rodgers-Cromartie. "He just hasn't been the dominant cornerback so many people were expecting this season." Rodgers-Cromartie did make a game-clinching interception, which he returned 28 yards for a touchdown, in a 30-20 upset of the Saints in Week Five.
• While injuries have hindered OTs Russell Okung and Sean Locklear, and an open-door policy has developed at left guard, at least the Seahawks can take solace in the solid situations that appear to have developed at center with Chris Spencer and at right guard with ex-Eagle Stacy Andrews. "It's funny how Spencer has gone from arguably the weakest link to the most solid guy on the line," said one Seahawks insider. "And Pete Carroll hasn't stopped drooling over Andrews' size and natural ability."
• The Niners could ill afford to lose the services of TE Delanie Walker, whose high ankle sprain suffered in Week Four could keep him sidelined until at least mid-November. "The new coordinator (Mike Johnson) liked the mismatches he provided," said one team insider. "There could be a lot more three-WR sets without him."
• We hear promising Rams rookie TE Michael Hoomanawanui, who has begun practicing on a limited basis after suffering a pretty severe high ankle sprain in Week One, could possibly return for the Week Seven game at Tampa Bay, barring any setbacks.