Around the NFC West: O'Sullivan starts again

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Maiocco of Instant 49ers says the team will start quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan for a second consecutive week to open the exhibition season. The 49ers appeared headed in this direction even before learning that Alex Smith would miss practice to attend the funeral of his best friend. This job appears to be O'Sullivan's to lose.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wonders whether Josh Morgan might start opposite Isaac Bruce when the regular season opens. The 49ers added Bryant Johnson in free agency, but a hamstring injury has sidelined Johnson. Other receivers also continue to battle injuries. Morgan has been the most impressive receiver in camp.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Kurt Warner could start the second exhibition game for the Cardinals. In fact, Warner will probably start. He did not play in the opener. The team wants him to get quality work with the starters even though Matt Leinart is the No. 1 guy. Update: Urban has a full story on the situation.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says Patrick Kerney was back at practice. Kerney participated in part of practice Wednesday. He left early, leading to concerns about a potentially aggravated calf injury, but the plan was for Kerney to get limited work Wednesday before participating fully today. Also: Rookie kicker Brandon Coutu struggled in practice Thursday, sending a kickoff out of bounds. Coach Mike Holmgren has zero tolerance for out-of-bounds kickoffs. If you see one in a game, watch to see if the kicker has the guts to run within 15 yards of Holmgren on the way back to the sideline.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks are getting healthier, finally. Matt Hasselbeck was back at practice after resting a sore back. Sean Locklear and Leonard Weaver were also back today.