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Associated Press

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM


Seattle shines even with key starters out

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Given a primetime stage, the Seattle Seahawks again excelled, getting the upper hand in the NFC West.

What's scary for the rest of their division is just how many key parts the Seahawks expected to be significant contributors that were watching from the sideline on Sunday night when Seattle routed San Francisco 29-3.

The highly awaited showdown between division foes was completely one-sided in favor of Seattle. Marshawn Lynch's running and a nasty defensive effort that made life miserable for Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin and the rest of San Francisco's offense.

Seattle (2-0) has outscored San Francisco 71-16 in the past two meetings — both coming at noisy CenturyLink Field — and are in position to hold an advantage on its division rivals until they meet again in December.


Seattle's Okung not expected to play vs. Jaguars

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says left tackle Russell Okung is unlikely to play on Sunday against Jacksonville after suffering a toe injury against San Francisco.

Carroll would not give specifics on the severity of Okung's injury on Monday. He said the team is still awaiting more information before coming to a determination on how long they'll be without their Pro Bowl lineman.

Okung was injured on the final play of the first quarter on Sunday night, following a 60-minute weather delay. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson fell forward in a pile for a 2-yard gain on a third-and-2 run.

Okung walked off the field with a limp and was taken by a cart for further tests at the stadium.

He returned to the sideline and went through some footwork drills, but ultimately spent the rest of the night on the sideline as a spectator.


49ers lose NT Ian Williams, likely for season

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco nose tackle Ian Williams is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a broken left ankle. He was undergoing surgery Monday.

Williams was injured in the first quarter of his first career start during the 49ers' 29-3 loss Sunday night at Seattle. The third-year pro earned the job as the replacement for the departed Isaac Sopoaga with a strong offseason and training camp.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said: "Looks like he's going to be out for the year. Disappointing, and he'll have surgery today."

Veteran Glenn Dorsey will take over the position.

Rookie free safety Eric Reid was undergoing tests following his concussion, but Harbaugh said he wasn't experiencing symptoms Monday. Tight end Vernon Davis was having his injured hamstring examined.


Jones-Drew tendon strain a relief to Jaguars

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew has a tendon strain in his left foot, and the Jaguars hope he won't miss any games.

Coach Gus Bradley said Monday that Jones-Drew will undergo an MRI as a precaution. But he's encouraged that Jones-Drew could be ready to play Sunday in Seattle.

He was hurt in the first half of Sunday's 19-9 loss at Oakland and could miss practice this week.

The news isn't as promising for quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who sliced open the back of his throwing hand during the season opener against Kansas City. Gabbert had some of the stitches removed but is almost certain to miss a second straight game.

The Jaguars are staying in Northern California and practicing at San Jose State with two straight games on the West Coast.


USA Football announces 10-member medical committee

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Seattle Seahawks team doctor Dr. Stanley Herring will be the chairman of USA Football's new medical advisory committee.

The organization, based in Indianapolis, has spearheaded a national plan to make the game safer for youth football players. The new group will collaborate with other USA Football committees, national governing bodies and medical organizations.

Joining Herring on the committee are Dr. John Bergfeld of the Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Douglas Casa of the University of Connecticut; Dr. Jonathan Drezner of the University of Washington; Dr. Gerard Gioia of Children's National Medical Center in Washington; Dr. Andrew Gregory of Vanderbilt University; Dr. Tamerah Hunt of Ohio State; Dr. Patrick Kersey, medical director of USA Football; Dr. Margot Putukian of Princeton University and Dr. Gail Rosseau of the NorthShore Medical Group in Chicago.


Huskies' unassuming Sankey leads nation in rushing

SEATTLE (AP) — If Bishop Sankey keeps churning out yards like he did in his first two games of this season, the quiet ball carrier for No. 17 Washington will no longer be a secret tucked away in the Pacific Northwest.

Through two games, Washington's junior running back is the national leader in yards rushing per game, averaging 184.5.

He started the season with 161 yards and two touchdowns in the Huskies' season opener against Boise State, then followed up last Saturday with a career-best 208 yards on 35 carries in Washington's 34-24 win over Illinois.

The 208 yards bettered the 205 he ran for in last December's Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State.


Davenport prep football player's skull healing

(Information in the following story is from: KXLY-TV,

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Davenport football player is expected to make a full recovery from a skull fracture he suffered in a Friday night game.

A medical airlift helicopter landed on the field to fly 17-year-old Max Mielke to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

His mother, Kristy Mielke, told KXLY there was bleeding in the head that stopped a few hours later.

She says he'll never play football again.

The Spokesman-Review reports Max was carrying the ball and fighting for extra yards in a game against Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls when he was tackled with contact to the back of his helmet. The game was stopped when he was flown to the hospital.


Porcello sharp, Tigers beat Mariners 4-2

DETROIT (AP) — Rick Porcello struck out 10 in six impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Monday night to move a step closer to their third straight AL Central title.

Victor Martinez broke a 1-all tie in the sixth with a run-scoring single, and Omar Infante followed with his own RBI single.

Porcello (13-8) allowed a run and five hits with two walks, falling one strikeout short of his career high. Drew Smyly got five outs in relief and Jose Veras finished the eighth.

Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 21st save in 21 chances.


Hernandez not returning to Mariners rotation yet

DETROIT (AP) — Felix Hernandez is not ready to return to Seattle's starting rotation.

Hernandez, who has been bothered by an oblique strain, threw a bullpen session Monday in Detroit, but the Mariners say Hisashi Iwakuma will start against the Tigers on Wednesday night, followed by James Paxton on Thursday. Erasmo Ramirez is slated to start against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

Hernandez is expected to throw another bullpen session Thursday.

Pitching coach Carl Willis says Hernandez felt fine physically Monday but is a little erratic. He has not pitched since Sept. 2.