Arizona Cardinals: One bright spot for the Cardinals during the last two weeks has been rookie seventh-round offensive tackle Korey Cunningham, who hasn't allowed a sack or taken a penalty in two starts in place of D.J. Humphries at left tackle, Cunningham's first two NFL games. That included a strong performance Sunday against Pro Bowl rushers Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. "I knew coming in I'd have my hands full, but you've just got to trust your coaching and trust your technique," Cunningham said. With the release of veteran right tackle Andre Smith on Monday, head coach Steve Wilks announced Cunningham will start on the right side moving forward, with Humphries nearing a return. "He's getting this opportunity because he deserves it," Wilks said. "He's proven himself."
Los Angeles Rams: The Rams' defense is a step closer to getting back a key piece, as cornerback Aqib Talib was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday. Talib is now able to practice and eligible to be activated to the 53-man roster before Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. "The first step is done," Talib said Monday. "Now I've just got to practice. Hopefully I look good enough so that the coaches can say I can play on Sunday." Head coach Sean McVay said the team "could" activate Talib before facing the Lions, but that will depend on how the cornerback's ankle responds to practice. Since Talib last played in Week 3, the Rams have allowed 30.8 points per game, after allowing 36 total through three weeks.
San Francisco 49ers: Head coach Kyle Shanahan said after Sunday's loss to the Bucs that he would re-evaluate the quarterback position after poor play from Nick Mullens, but there won't be a change this week. "I know that I said (after the game) Nick didn't play very well," Shanahan told reporters Monday, "but no one played well, and I didn't coach well. So it was all of us, and Nick did a good job in his first two games. It was not the reason (for the loss) yesterday, so that's not fair to do that to him." Mullens went 18-for-32 passing for 221 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions against one of the NFL's worst defenses. He is 61 of 93 for 733 yards, five scores and four picks through three career starts.
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks escaped with a win on Sunday despite allowing 220 rushing yards to the Panthers, 54 more than in any other game this season. Head coach Pete Carroll attributed the issues to the absence of linebacker K.J. Wright (knee) against an intricately schemed running game. "K.J.'s played these guys a lot," Carroll said. "He and Bobby have, and they have real intricate roles and it showed up that there were some errors and some misreads and stuff like that, that hasn't happened in years past." Carroll does not know when Wright -- who missed the first six games of the season after a knee scope -- will be able to return.
--Field Level Media
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