Jim Mora had good and bad news when discussing the injuries of three key players.
On the positive side, it appears that tackle Walter Jones (knee) and center Chris Spencer (torn quadriceps) could be ready to sooner than expected. Both will be listed as out for Sunday’s game, but Mora wouldn’t rule them out for next week.
“I don’t know if I want to look ahead because I’m talking about focusing on this game, but for your knowledge, there is a chance that both of those guys could be ready to come back to next week,” Mora said.
He wouldn’t expound any further on their situation. But getting either Jones or Spencer or in the best scenario both, would turn an area of concern into an area of strength.
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Unfortunately for Seattle, the news wasn’t quite as upbeat surrounding cornerback Marcus Trufant, who was placed on the physically unable to perform list because of a sore back that will force him to miss the first six games of the season. When asked if it’s a case where Trufant would be ready to play right when he was eligible to come off the PUP list, Mora couldn’t confirm that.
“I can’t say that, because I’d be lying to you,” he said. “I don’t think anyone knows.”
The Seahawks are relatively healthy otherwise. Wide receiver Deion Branch missed Wednesday’s practice with a sore hamstring, but is expected to play Sunday.
Roethlisberger rejects settlement
The attorney for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is rejecting a settlement offer by a former Nevada casino worker who claims the Super Bowl winner sexually assaulted her.
Roethlisberger attorney David Cornwell says the woman’s offer is bizarre.
The woman wants Roethlisberger to admit to the allegations, apologize and donate $100,000 to the Committee to Aid Abused Women, a Reno nonprofit organization that offers support to domestic violence victims.
In a statement, Cornwell says the proposal insults women who have legitimately suffered from sexual misconduct.
The woman sued the Super Bowl-winning quarterback in July, accusing him of assaulting her in 2008 in a hotel across the street from a golf course where he was playing in a celebrity tournament.
Roethlisberger has denied the allegations.
Lions want their money back
The Detroit Lions have gone to federal court to recover $6.1 million from former receiver Charles Rogers, whose NFL career was sidelined by substance-abuse problems.
Rogers was suspended for substance abuse in 2005 and released by the Lions the next year. The team says he must repay two-thirds of a $9.1 million bonus.
An NFL arbitrator agreed last year, but Rogers apparently has not paid.
The Lions filed suit in Detroit against Rogers, the second pick overall in the 2003 NFL draft, and the NFL Players Association.
Flight 93 passengers honored
Family members of the passengers who died in the Flight 93 crash on Sept. 11, 2001, will be recognized on the field before the Titans-Steelers NFL season opener tonight.
The game will be played on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The official 9/11 Commission report said hijackers crashed Flight 93 in Somerset County, Pa., about 65 miles east of Pittsburgh, as the passengers fought to gain control of the cockpit.
Those being recognized will wear No. 93 Steelers jerseys with the names of their family members on the back.
Before the game, the Steelers will recognize their Super Bowl-winning team of last season with an on-field salute. Former Steelers defensive back Rod Woodson, recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will take part in the pregame coin toss.
Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart and linebacker Jon Beason have returned to practice, giving the Panthers hope they’ll be ready for Sunday’s opener against Philadelphia. Coach John Fox said after Wednesday’s workout that they “both looked great.” Stewart, a former Timberline star running back, has been slowed by Achilles’ tendon pain that limited him to eight offseason practices, none since Aug. 10. … Former NFL linebacker Dwayne Rudd has pleaded guilty in Nashville, Tenn., to failing to pay more than $540,000 in child support. He faces up to two years in prison. … Four days away from St. Louis’ opener in Seattle, Marc Bulger took direct snaps for the first time since breaking his right pinkie. The Rams quarterback said he’s not pain-free, but it’s good enough, barring a setback, to play against the Seahawks.