NFC West Camp Updates: Curry out w/ concussion; Cardinals brawl
Seahawks LB Curry remains out with concussion
By GREGG BELL, AP Sports Writer 48 minutes ago
RENTON, Wash. (AP)—Seahawks starting linebacker Aaron Curry(notes) will likely remain out until at least Thursday because of a concussion he sustained on the opening day of training camp last weekend.
Seattle’s fourth overall pick in the 2009 missed his third consecutive practice Monday evening, but coach Pete Carroll said he was much better.
Asked if Curry had a concussion, Carroll said, “Yeah, he got hit the other day in the head and we rested him. He’s OK.
“With one practice (Tuesday, then a day off from practice Wednesday) we’ll cruise him through until Thursday, but he’s just about ready to pop back out there, so that’s good. Good signs.”
Besides Monday’s two practices, Curry also missed Sunday’s more intense, full-pads drills.
Team doctor Stan Herring, considered an expert in brain trauma, was seen at team headquarters between practices Monday.
Herring, the co-medical director of the Seattle Sports Concussion Program, led a crusade to get a new concussion law passed in Washington state that sets out conditions for how head injuries are to be dealt with in youth sports.
Saturday, Curry repeatedly banged his head into running back Justin Forsett(notes) and other teammates in a particularly spirited first day of camp.
Carroll said Sunday his $34 million linebacker got “dinged a little bit” and had some headaches.
The NFL’s awareness of concussions and brain injuries is increasing. The league is placing posters in team headquarters that warns of the dangers from concussions in much harsher language than previously used in a pamphlet distributed to players from 2007 through last season.
The league’s steps last season included stricter return-to-play guidelines detailing what symptoms preclude someone from participating in games or practices; a mandate that each team select a league- and union-approved independent neurologist to be consulted when players get concussions; and the departure of the two co-chairmen of the NFL’s committee on brain trauma.
NOTES: Seventh-round draft choice Jameson Konz(notes) was waived-injured. Carroll said the tight end from Kent State had a hip condition. … Veteran S Jordan Babineaux(notes) is fighting for a job, but he remains a fan favorite. A fan kept yelling “Babs!” while the seventh-year veteran was on the sidelines, and Babineaux recognized the man when he turned around. After defending an errant pass that skidded through the sidelines a few minutes later, Babineaux picked up the ball and lobbed it into the nearby hillside where the mass of fans were, instead of handing it to a waiting team assistant.
Fight! Fight! Cardinals get chippy in practice
By Doug Farrar
Mon Aug 02 07:55pm PDT
The training camp fight is a staple of the NFL preseason, and coaches generally approve of the concept no matter how much they may say otherwise. Most see a good donnybrook as an indicator of team spirit and intensity, qualities that can lead to wins down the road. At least, that's the concept.
Well, if fights lead to wins, the Arizona Cardinals are on their way to another Super Bowl. According to Mike Sando of ESPN.com, the Cards went at it hard at today's practice. The instigator was defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, who's been blowing up his own offensive linemen early on in camp - Sando detailed an earlier play in which Dockett pushed Reggie Wells into Matt Leinart.
On this play, Dockett drove nine-time Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca on his back and brought Leinart to the ground by his ankles. And that's where things got interesting. If there's one thing coaches do NOT like, it's when their defensive players take after their starting quarterbacks in alleged non-contact drills. Offensive linemen, especially of the future Hall-of-Fame variety, aren't generally thrilled about it, either. Leinart got up, spiked the ball on the ground in anger, and offensive tackle Levi Brown punched Dockett. From there, all heck broke loose. From Sando:
Even before that part of practice, guard Deuce Lutui and tackle Alan Branch were going after each other - it was a very energized day for a team trying to get over the hump this year and back into the deep postseason. The ever-quotable Dockett explained the thought process to Sando:
Dockett unloaded on Brown in combination and pretty soon the entire team was involved. The Cardinals conducted the remainder of practice with an intensity rarely seen outside game conditions. Bodies were flying. Fists, too.
Backup tackle Tom Pestock threw two uppercuts at linebacker Mark Washington and the two had to be separated. Tight end Stephen Spach goaded linebacker Cody Brown into a tug-of-war by the face masks. Linebacker Joey Porter ran over and verbally lit into Brown, excoriating the second-year pro for letting Spach get the better of him -- exactly the type of direction the Cardinals expected from Porter when they signed the veteran pass-rusher.
"When you are putting the pads on, man, as much as you love your teammates, damn, you trying to kill them. That is what it's all about. That is the only way you can get better. You can't come out here and play 80 percent and hope to win our third division title. It just don't happen like that ... "We got to treat them (teammates) like they're the *****. They have to treat us like we're the ***** ... that is the only way we are going to be able to back up all the great work and try to win our third [division] title."
If that's the way the Cards treat each other, the ***** had better watch out when the season comes.