Wright is not expected to return to the lineup
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SANTA CLARA http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.co ... rsey-cheap , Calif. (AP) — When Richard Sherman downplayed Seattle’s success by describing the Seahawks as a “middle of the road” team a few weeks ago, his former teammates took offense.Heading into the rematch this week between Sherman’s new team, the San Francisco 49ers, and his old one, former teammate Frank Clark had a stern message for the player who helped lead Seattle’s defense to a Super Bowl title five years ago.“He’s not in this locker room anymore, so his opinion really doesn’t matter,” defensive lineman Frank Clark said.Article continues below ...“You know what I mean? They’ve got problems over there in San Fran that he needs to be worried about. At the end of the day, this is my team now. This is my defense. Richard Sherman and his era is over here.“If he’s got anything to say about our defense, he can say it on the field. We’re 1-0 against Richard Sherman right now, and we’re 1-0 against the San Francisco 49ers this year.“Our plan is to be 2-0. So we’re going into their stadium next week with pure aggression. We’re going to stop that run and we’re going to have fun on third downs.”The Seahawks (8-5) dominated the first meeting in a 43-16 win at home two weeks ago Zach Brown Jersey , winning their 10th straight game over the 49ers (3-10) in a rivalry that used to be one of the league’s fiercest.Now in a season that started with talk of the 49ers emerging as an NFC West contender behind quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the Seahawks falling following the breakup of the “Legion of Boom” defense is heading to the finish with Seattle still holding the upper hand.The Seahawks can clinch a playoff berth with a win Sunday, while the 49ers are tied for the worst record in the league and only playing for draft position and next season.“At the end of the day in this league if you don’t end up with the trophy then how great was your season anyway?” Sherman asked.“We’re fighting, we’re struggling, dealing with injuries. But at the end of the day there’s only one team that ends up with the trophy. Unfortunately it won’t be us this year and we’ll see if it’s them.”Here are some other things to watch:KITTLE’S CATCHESTight end George Kittle has been the major bright spot in a down season for the 49ers. After catching seven passes for 210 yards — all in the first half — last week, Kittle holds the single-season record for yards receiving for a San Francisco tight end with 1,103. Kittle fell 5 yards short of breaking Shannon Sharpe’s single-game record for a tight end and coach Kyle Shanahan apologized for not getting him the record.“Every play mattered there at the end so you’re just trying to call plays to try to win the game, not to break a record,” he said. “That’s what you feel bad about. I wish he could have broken the record. He deserved to.”STABLE LINESeattle is likely to be without starting guard D.J. Fluker for the second straight game because of a hamstring injury, but his replacement has proven to be more than adequate.Perhaps it’s just coincidence but Seattle’s two best running games this season have come with Jordan Simmons in the lineup.Simmons started for Fluker in Week 10 against the Los Angeles Rams when the Seahawks rushed for 273 yards. And he was in the lineup again last week against Minnesota when Seattle ran for 214 yards.Fluker has been a key component of Seattle’s success this season, so it’s mostly coincidence about when its two best running games have happened. But the run game has been a critical part of Seattle’s success this season and the Seahawks rushed for 168 yards in the first meeting against San Francisco.SHOEGATEThe Niners are still a bit steamed about a play in the game two weeks ago in Seattle. Linebacker Fred Warner lost his shoe and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tossed it out of his way. While Warner went behind the line to try to get his shoe Devin Bush Jersey , the Seahawks went into hurry-up mode and drew an offside penalty when Elijah Lee couldn’t get on the field in time as Warner rushed off. Shanahan got a personal foul for arguing the call and then was fined $25,000 on top of it for the outburst.“They told us there was nothing the player could do,” Shanahan said. “So, that’s what I told Fred. Next time, just make it more obvious. We’re going to get the penalty anyway, so hopefully, sit down and make it as obvious as you can. Hopefully then common sense will prevail.”LINEBACKER CHANGEThe Seahawks were hoping to get Mychal Kendricks back from suspension to hold down the weakside linebacker position until K.J. Wright was fully healthy. That plan lasted one game as Kendricks was injured against Minnesota and is out for the season after being placed on injured reserve.Wright is not expected to return to the lineup for another couple of weeks, meaning second-year linebacker Austin Calitro will rejoin the starting lineup. Calitro has started three games at weakside linebacker and one at middle linebacker this season, and played well alongside Bobby Wagner. Four rookie quarterbacks started in the same week for only the second time in NFL history in Week 4. None of them earned a win.Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and Arizona’s Josh Rosen came close. Both of their teams lost by a field goal. Buffalo’s Josh Allen had the worst game of the group in a shutout loss. Sam Darnold and the Jets didn’t have a chance against Jacksonville.Mayfield was 21 of 41 for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 45-42 overtime loss at Oakland. He came off the bench to lead the Browns to a rare win the previous game against the Jets.Rosen also made his first start http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore. ... rsey-cheap , going 15 of 27 for 180 yards and one TD in a 20-17 loss to Seattle.Allen was 16 of 33 for 151 yards and two picks in a 22-0 loss to Green Bay. He led the Bills to a stunning upset at Minnesota a week earlier.Darnold was 17 of 34 for 167 yards and one TD in a 31-12 loss to the Jaguars.Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson got four carries in a win against the Steelers so all five quarterbacks picked in the first round played the same week. When Mayfield and Rosen made their debuts in Week 3, it was the first time five first-round quarterbacks played within the first three games of a season.Here’s a look inside more numbers going into Week 5:BREEZING PAST PEYTON: Drew Brees needs 201 yards passing yards when New Orleans hosts the Redskins on Monday to surpass Peyton Manning (71,940) and Brett Favre (71,838) for most passing yards in NFL history. Brees (496) and Brady (497) are close to joining Manning and Favre as the only members of the 500 touchdown passes club.GETTING OFFENSIVE: The totals for points (3,030), touchdowns (344) and touchdown passes (228) are all the highest through the first four weeks of a season.PASSING LEAGUE: The 12 individual performances of at least 400 yards is the most through the first four weeks. The five individual 400-yard passing performances in Week 4 were the most ever in a single week.PARITY: The average margin of victory has been 9.9 points and 38 games have been decided by eight points or fewer, the most ever through four weeks. Six games in Week 4 had the winning points scored in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.FLYING HIGH: The Rams can become the fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season. Three of the previous four teams to accomplish the feat reached the Super Bowl.MAGNIFICENT MAHOMES: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has 14 TD passes and no interceptions. Peyton Manning holds the record to start a season with 20 TDs and no picks.ADAM’S MARK: Vikings receiver Adam Thielen has at least 100 yards receiving yards in the first four games. Only two players have done it in the first five: Charley Hennigan (1961) and Bob Boyd (1954).