Gridiron Gab Links – NFC Afternoon Edition 8/11

Running back Cedric Benson is in Green Bay and is expected to sign with the Packers, per sources according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. – ESPN

Aldon Smith, who flirted with an NFL rookie record for sacks last season, left Friday’s game in the first quarter with a hip injury and did not return. Smith left the stadium with the assistance of two canes, but coach Jim Harbaugh said it could have been worse. – Sacramento Bee

It looks like the Cardinals are going to be looking for a QB sooner rather than later. Kevin Kolb (1-for-5, 21 yards), and John Skelton (3-for-6, INT) were both pretty bad vs the Chiefs. – Sporting News

The Bucs got some help from their running backs, LeGarrette Blount and rookie Doug Martin, as they each rushed for a touchdown in the first half of Tampa Bay’s 20-7 win over Miami in the preseason opener for both teams. – Sporting News

The Cowboys say they have yet to even chat with WR Plaxico Burress, but here’s five reasons why the Stars could come to terms with the former Steelers and Jets WR – TheLandryHat

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