Luck, Wilson headline Seahawks-Colts game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson left college together, were drafted in the same class, made the playoffs as rookies and wound up going to the Pro Bowl together.
On Sunday, for the first time, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year runners-up to Robert Griffin III will finally get their first chance to match wits on the football field.
Everyone else, of course, will be watching to see how these young stars handle the big stage. So far, they've done everything right.
Last season, Luck and Wilson were unmitigated success stories, and this season, they've debunked the myth of the sophomore slump.
Luck has a better completion percentage, fewer interceptions and has seen his quarterback rating improve from 76.5 to 91.9. Of course, he'd be content to keep the Colts (3-1) atop the AFC South.
And though Wilson is on pace to throw for a few more interceptions, a few less touchdowns and a slightly lower completion percentage this season, Seattle is off to its first 4-0 start and is now the early front-runner to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Daniels says Seattle signing not a rivalry move
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — New Seattle backup quarterback B.J. Daniels says his signing after being waived by San Francisco is not a gamesmanship maneuver by the Seahawks.
Daniels pointed out on Thursday that Seattle held a private workout with him before April's draft and he thought the Seahawks could be a team he ended up playing for.
Daniels was signed by the Seahawks on Wednesday after he was placed on waivers by San Francisco. Daniels said he was surprised but thankful to be picked up by Seattle and still on a 53-man roster.
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said the 49ers were hopeful they would be able to get Daniels back on their practice squad. What his role in Seattle will be remains unknown.
LUCK AND WILSON
Wilson, Luck smart but different quarterbacks
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Doug Baldwin does not want to be in the middle of this debate.
On one side is his guy from college, Andrew Luck, whom Baldwin believes will one day be recognized as one of the all-time great quarterbacks. On the other is the guy delivering passes to Baldwin now, Russell Wilson, who is enjoying just as much success as Luck, both in their second NFL seasons.
Two great QBs, two decidedly unique talents that will meet on the field for the first time on Sunday when the Colts host the Seahawks.
Luck and Wilson are part of a quarterback class that will always be linked and overanalyzed, even if they are all very different players.
Richardson brings power to Colts run game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts running back Trent Richardson already has added an edge to his team. And he's still learning.
The Colts have leaned heavily on quarterback Andrew Luck since drafting him in 2012, but they have adjusted their identity a bit and become more of a power running team the past two weeks since adding Richardson in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.
Richardson says he understands the game plans, but he's still learning the playbook. Though he has rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns in Indy, he has averaged just 2.9 yards per carry.
Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton called Richardson a key part of the offense and says he isn't concerned about the numbers with a game against Seattle this weekend.
Jags claim LB Lotulelei off waivers from Seahawks
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have been awarded rookie linebacker John Lotulelei off waivers from Seattle.
The team waived linebacker Kyle Knox to make room for Lotulelei on the 53-man roster.
Also Thursday, the Jaguars signed first-year receiver Jeremy Ebert to the active roster and signed first-year offensive tackle DeMarcus Love to the practice squad.
Lotulelei joined the Seahawks as a rookie free agent in 2013 and played in all four preseason games and two regular-games before he was waived on Oct. 2. He has two tackles and one special teams tackle. The Hawaii native played in 25 games at UNLV, finishing with 180 tackles, 4½ tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
'Next Man In' for the Ducks is Marshall
Byron Marshall embodies Oregon's "Next Man In" philosophy.
Called upon to take over last weekend against California when De'Anthony Thomas left after the opening kickoff with an ankle injury, Marshall ran for a career-best 130 yards and two touchdowns. He'll be tapped again this Saturday when the No. 2 Ducks (4-0, 1-0) visit Colorado.
Thomas is most likely to sit out against the Buffaloes because of the right ankle sprain he sustained in the 55-16 victory over the Golden Bears. The dynamic running back returned the kickoff 27 yards but slipped on the turf that was slick from a driving rain.
Thomas has been wearing a boot and running backs coach Gary Campbell told reporters earlier this week that the speedy junior's return was "not going to happen" against the Buffaloes (2-1, 0-1).
Blazers say Aldridge has left hip injury
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge has a hip flexor strain and is day-to-day.
The 6-foot-11 Aldridge sustained the injury during Wednesday night's practice and did not participate in practice on Thursday. His return is uncertain.
The Blazers opened training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the coming season.
Aldridge, a seven-year NBA veteran who was named an All-Star for the second straight year, averaged 21.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last season.
The Blazers also say guard Will Barton sustained a concussion.
Sharks beat Canucks 4-1 in season opener
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Justin Braun scored his first goal in more than 19 months to break a tie late in the second period and the San Jose Sharks went on to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau and Tommy Wingels also scored for the Sharks, who have won eight straight against the Canucks including a sweep in the first round of the playoffs last season. Antti Niemi made 21 saves.
Jason Garrison scored a power-play goal and Roberto Luongo made 31 saves for the Canucks, who lost in the debut of new coach John Tortorella.
The Canucks opened this season on the same ice they ended the last one on after the disappointing early playoff exit led to the firing of coach Alain Vigneault.