Whispers from around the NFL

Updated: September 14, 2004, 5:15 PM ET
Pro Football Weekly
Hugh Douglas
  • The Eagles are expecting a big contribution out of DE Hugh Douglas because of injuries to the defensive line. Yet some feel his biggest impact could be to loosen up what could be a tense locker-room environment this season with greater pressure on the team to win.

  • Our sources in Seattle are a bit surprised that a new deal for QB Matt Hasselbeck has been so elusive, but we're told that Hasselbeck doesn't seem to be too bent out of shape about it and is focused squarely on what happens on the field for now.

  • Sources close to the team believe the Packers are sweating about their CB play. Because Green Bay plans to blitz heavily, its cornerbacks will be on an island regularly.