Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Four injury updates that, for a change, will not make NFC West fans wince:
Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals. The first-round choice was back at practice Monday after an ankle injury limited him or sidelined him entirely. Wells even looked "explosive and fast" during practice, coach Ken Whisenhunt said.
Donnie Avery, WR, Rams. The Rams put their No. 1 receiver through individual drills at practice, an indication Avery is making progress in his recovery from a broken fourth metatarsal in his left foot. The bone has apparently healed enough for Avery to do some running and light cutting. The next step: How will Avery feel Tuesday?
Ray McDonald, DE, 49ers. The team activated McDonald from the physically unable to perform list, adding depth to the defensive line.
Marcus Trufant, CB, Seahawks. Coach Jim Mora expressed optimism Monday about Trufant's recovery from a back injury. Mora on KJR radio: "He is coming along pretty well. ... His rehab is ramped up this week." Will Trufant be ready for the opener? Mora: "I wouldn't rule it out."
The Rams are also hopeful Leonard Little's sprained knee was not a serious injury, although additional tests will say for sure.