Night notes: Avery, Lenon, Clemons, more

A quick run through selected NFC West headlines while the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints square off in the regular-season opener:

  • 49ers and Avery: Why would the San Francisco 49ers run former St. Louis Rams receiver Donnie Avery through a workout? Why not? The 49ers lost their deep threat, Ted Ginn Jr., to a knee injury during the 2010 season opener. If something happens to Ginn or another wideout -- Michael Crabtree's durability is a concern coming off another foot surgery -- the 49ers will have done their homework on Avery. The Rams have sought versatility in their wideouts. Avery is pretty much a deep threat.

  • Lenon a captain: Paris Lenon's selection as a team captain in Arizona comes after the team committed $6 million per season for the veteran linebacker's replacement, Stewart Bradley. Bradley projects as the eventual starter after receiving a $5 million signing bonus and a $2 million salary for 2010. But Lenon, scheduled to earn at least $2 million this season, isn't going away quietly. He's held onto the starting job and obviously has the respect of teammates.

  • Clemons not practicing: The Seahawks' best pass-rusher, Chris Clemons, did not practice Thursday after "tweaking" his ankle during a morning walk-through. Clemons produced while playing hurt last season, but it's tough going into a season at less than full strength. Clemons has not missed a game over the past four seasons.

  • Hall also a captain: The Rams voted on three season-long captains and James Hall was one of them. The team used a first-round pick for Hall's eventual replacement, Robert Quinn, but there was never any thought that Quinn would take over this season. It's good to see teammates acknowledging Hall's role. Joe Staley, the 49ers' left tackle, called Hall one of the better defensive ends in the league. Interesting, too, that Steven Jackson, not Sam Bradford, emerged as the captain on offense. Bradford leads the offense, but no one on the Rams has a stronger presence than Jackson.

Back to the Packers and Saints. Don't want to miss any touchdowns. The Packers were on pace for 84 points through one quarter.