NFC Notes: Teams make roster changes

<b><u>Seattle Seahawks</u></b> <br> Simmons Returns <br><br> Starting SLB Anthony Simmons returned to practice about a week ahead of schedule after having surgery on October 21.

Simmons isn't even listed on the injury report which is interesting because he was listed as out for their game last week.

His return will be a nice boost for the team that also got back starting WLB Chad Brown back last week.

Minnesota Vikings

Moore the Starter…for Now

Rookie Mewelde Moore will keep the starting job at running back for the team but don't be surprised if second-year RB Onterrio Smith chips in to that role starting on Monday night at Indianapolis.

Smith just returned to practice after serving his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was able to attend team meetings during the suspension and worked out regularly and is in excellent shape.

Smith, who those close to the team say is their best overall back, should see significant playing time against the Colts and if successful, he could wind up taking the starting job soon. He's better built for being a featured back than Moore is.

Atlanta Falcons

Vick in Shotgun

After the team returns from their bye next week, look for QB Michael Vick to work extensively out of the shotgun formation.

It's believed that the coaches feel he'll be more comfortable working out of that formation.

St. Louis Rams

Another Faulk Now Starting

Third-year pro Trev Faulk is the team's new starting middle linebacker.

Faulk had been limited by a hamstring injury for several weeks but played extensively against the Dolphins two weeks ago and played well. He'll be the third player to start at that position this year (Robert Thomas and rookie Brandon Chillar the others).

San Francisco 49ers

Hicks in, Robertson Out

The team added RB Maurice Hicks to their active roster this week and released RB Jamal Robertson.

They made the move because they believe Hicks will be a good compliment to starting RB Kevan Barlow. They also made the move because Robertson had fumbling issues.

The move was being considered last week but they had too many injuries to their secondary and couldn't afford to make the move then.

Hicks is also expected to return kicks this week.

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