Rams expect Fowler to contribute right away
Arizona Cardinals: Despite a slow start in his first game as offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich finally got the offense going as the Cardinals rallied for 15 fourth-quarter points Sunday and an 18-15 victory over the 49ers. Leftwich told reporters he wasn't worried about the early struggles. "Oh, no, there was no second-guessing," he said. "Every time you call one (play), you think that's the one. And when it's not, the key is for the guys to keep fighting. Our guys just kept fighting." Arizona now hits its bye week, giving Leftwich a bit more time to settle into his role after he had 10 days to prepare for his first game as interim coordinator. "It gives me some time to tweak things here and there, to see it my way," he said.
Los Angeles Rams: A day after the Rams traded third- and fifth-round picks for Dante Fowler Jr., Sean McVay and the Rams' coaches intended to get the pass rusher plenty of mental reps with an eye on having him contribute on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. "We feel like he's gonna help us, specifically from a rush perspective," McVay said. "Got him in here, and we'll see how quickly he can get up to speed, if he's going to be able to contribute and help us this weekend. But we're excited to get Dante here." Fowler is used to a rotational, pass-rush specific role, having started just one of 39 games in his career with the Jaguars. He has two sacks through seven games after totaling eight last season.
San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers are limping into their Thursday night battle with the Bay Area rival Oakland Raiders, as linebacker Reuben Foster (hamstring) and safeties Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) and Antone Exum Jr. (concussion) have been ruled out. Six others are questionable, including starting quarterback C.J. Beathard (throwing wrist), running backs Matt Breida (ankle) and Raheem Mostert (ankle), wideout Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee), center Weston Richburg (knee) and cornerback Richard Sherman (calf, heel). If Beathard can't go, second-year undrafted man Nick Mullens would make his NFL debut and start at quarterback, with Tom Savage serving as the backup.
Seattle Seahawks: Though the Seahawks released wide receiver Brandon Marshall on Tuesday, coach Pete Carroll said the move had more to do with Seattle's roster needs than the 34-year-old's ability to play in his 13th NFL season. "He was a great pro for us," Carroll said. "He did such good stuff. Helped guys on both sides of the football with all his experience and all that. He's in terrific shape for this stage of his career. He can still play. It just happened that we looked at the roster. ... There's just not enough throws to get it to him, but he can play." Carroll didn't rule out the possibility of bringing Marshall back at a later date.
--Field Level Media
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