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January 13, 2015 at 5:16 PM

Tuesday Seahawks links and notes: Rodgers says calf injury “is what it is”

With the NFC Championship game falling on a Sunday, this week sets up as a regular game week for the Seahawks and Packers.

That means today was a day off for the Seahawks (the players, anyway, not the coaches, who were busy getting the game plan finalized).

The team will return to practice Wednesday, when there will also be a ton of media stuff, including Pete Carroll’s weekly press conference and podium appearances for Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman. So make sure to check this space throughout Wednesday and every day through the game for lots of coverage.

There wasn’t much more activity in Green Bay, though Aaron Rodgers did his radio show today and talked — somewhat reluctantly — about his calf injury. You can read what he said here. Essentially, he said it’s not getting better but it won’t keep him from playing.

What already looms as a real key to me in this one is for Seattle to make Rodgers’ injury as much of an issue as possible by pressuring him as often as they can and making him move ┬ámore than he wants to.

Seattle famously sacked Rodgers eight times in the first half alone in the 14-12 Fail Mary win in 2012. And Seattle had three sacks in the opener this season including the Michael Bennett strip sack that resulted in a safety and all-but-clinched the game.

Of every matchup in the game, the one of Seattle’s defensive line against Green Bay’s offensive line may loom most critical.

It’s worth recalling that Green Bay’s line was still evolving in the opener with rookie Corey Linsley stepping in at center for the injured J.C. Tretter. It then got worse when right tackle Bryan Bulaga got hurt early in the game.

But Linsley improved quickly and ended up being a regular on All-Rookie teams, while Bulaga came back two weeks later. Green Bay’s line was stunningly intact throughout with four starters playing all 16 games and Bulaga missing just one — the week after the Seattle game.

I wrote a little bit about that and some of the other changes that the two teams have gone through since the opener here.

Here are a few other links …

  • More on what Rodgers had to say today.
  • In case you missed it, here’s our roundup of links from earlier today.
  • Great story here by MMQB’s Robert Klemko, who got to spend Sunday with Richard Sherman.
  • with a look at the Packers.
  • And on the team’s ability to finish.
  • Seattle still favored by 7-7.5.
  • with lots of stats and facts.
  • ESPN has a special page set up for all of its coverage of the NFC title game.
  • Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson says the Packers have a lot more threats now than they did for the opener.
  • Here’s a roundup of what is being said about the game.
  • Here’s one version of the unfortunate story of the struggles of Lance Easley, the official made famous by the Fail Mary game.


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