Bryant progressing slowly: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may have been premature in his Dez Bryant prognosis. It’s still uncertain whether the second-year wideout will line up against the 49ers on Sunday. If he doesn’t go, it means added targets for Miles Austin and Jason Witten, but could also open up some chances for Kevin Ogletree. San Francisco shut down Seattle’s wobbly pass attack last week, but Dallas presents a completely different set of problems — especially if Dashon Goldson can’t go for the Niners.
Barber out for Week 2: Bears fans will have to wait at least another week for Marion Barber’s debut with the team. His calf continues to be troublesome, meaning that Matt Forte will once again carry a bigger load against the Saints. Khalil Bell did see extra touches last week against Atlanta and figures to have a similar workload again this week. You can expect similar production from him in a game that could end up as a shootout — in other words, unless you’re in a pinch Bell doesn’t have much value.
Rice won’t play v. Steelers: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that, barring a miraculous recovery, Sidney Rice won’t be available for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. There wasn’t much about Seattle’s offense to be optimistic about this week (Rice included), so add Golden Tate at your own peril.