More injuries mount up for Seattle

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:35 PM

SEATTLE - Next through the Seattle Seahawks' season-long turnstile of injuries: cornerback Marcus Trufant and offensive guard Mike Wahle.

Trufant and Wahle became the latest additions to Seattle's lengthy injury report on Sunday, as both were knocked out of the Seahawks' 26-20 loss to Arizona.

Wahle departed in the first half with a shoulder injury, while Trufant was knocked out in the third quarter with a concussion. Both were forced to become sideline cheerleaders as Seattle fell short in rallying from a 26-7 deficit.

Both injuries were significant as Seattle failed to establish any success running on offense, and Arizona's tandem of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin tore up Seattle's secondary, combining for 23 catches. Seattle was forced to use deep reserve Kevin Hobbs in some coverages late in the game, particularly getting beat by Boldin for a 12-yard reception on third-and-10 with three minutes left.

Wahle's is likely the more serious injury. Coach Mike Holmgren said it occurred to Wahle's shoulder that was surgically repaired in 2006, and Wahle was struggling to move it. He expected to have a prognosis by Monday afternoon.

"It is something we've had to deal with most of this season," Holmgren said.

BIRDS' RARE AIR: Being on top of a division is rare enough for the Arizona Cardinals. After all, they haven't won a division title since 1975.

The Cardinals added another rare distinction on Sunday by winning in Seattle. Arizona swept its three NFC West foes on the road this season, accomplishing that feat for the first time since 1968, when they were in St. Louis and members of the NFL Century division.

"To me, it's more about doing it as opposed to where," Cardinals' quarterback Kurt Warner said. "You know with this team being as good as they have been over the years and us having as many problems as we've had, it's nice to come in here and get a victory.

"I think the big thing for us is that we are starting to win some big games on the road and we are playing better on the road."

Warner set a franchise record with his fourth straight 300-yard passing game -- he finished with 395 yards -- and Arizona's offense remained on pace to break the team record for points in a season, set in 1984. The Cardinals have 289 points now; the record is 423.

BRANCH-ING OUT: Seattle WR Deion Branch survived four quarters for the first time since the end of last season.

Branch made his return Sunday after missing five weeks with a bruised heel. He got hurt in the first half against the New York Giants on Oct. 5, which was his first action since suffering a serious left knee injury in the first quarter against Green Bay in last January's NFC divisional playoff game.

He finished with a team-high five catches for 54 yards and never doubted making it through the game without problems.

"When you start playing timid, that is when you get hurt," the former Super Bowl MVP said. "I wouldn't do that. That is what the whole week of practice was for, to make sure I was comfortable going out and running routes."

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