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Onside kick the right call?

A surprise onside kick to start overtime in Seattle's opener at St. Louis left people wondering if Pete Carroll had lost his mind.

Risky? Yes. But not crazy.

Under the rules adopted in 2012, an onside kick to begin overtime can make sense.

If the Seahawks had recovered the kick and scored just a field goal, the game would've ended, because receiving a kickoff is an opportunity to possess the ball.

The Rams recovered at Seattle's 49 and ended up kicking a field goal. So, the Seahawks still had a chance to tie with a field goal or win it with a touchdown. They lost when Marshawn Lynch was stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Rams 42.

"That is not what was supposed to happen," Carroll said, explaining he didn't call for an onside kick. "We were kicking the ball to a certain area of the field and we didn't hit it right."

Kicker Steven Hauschka said he wanted to kick the ball further down the field but short of the end zone. Carroll wanted the ball to land around the 15 or 20 away from returner Isaiah Pead to possibly force a scramble for it.

Despite Carroll's intention and the result, other coaches might want to consider an onside kick to start overtime because they would win the game with any score and still have a chance to score if the other team recovers and gets a field goal.

The trade-off for failing to recover the kick is about 30 yards. The receiving team would start near midfield and need at least one first down to get in field-goal range. But if you have a strong defense — like Seattle — it might be worth the risk.

COWBOYS: Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant underwent surgery early Monday evening to repair the fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot he suffered in Sunday night’s win over the Giants.

Head coach Jason Garrett and other club officials have announced a four-to-six week time frame for his return. Sources said six week appears to be the most reasonable estimate but concede the Pro Bowl receiver could be out for up to eight weeks, putting his return in early November.

Bryant appeared to suffer the injury in the first minute of the fourth quarter after picking up a five-yard reception on a crossing pattern. The injury, commonly known as a Jones fracture, requires a screw be placed in the foot.

REDSKINS: Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson could miss three to four weeks after straining his left hamstring early in the team's season-opening loss.

"Possibly, it could be shorter, but you just never know with hamstrings," coach Jay Gruden said Monday.

"You hate to lose a star, especially with his speed," Gruden said. "We feel good about the receivers that take his place, but nobody can substitute him for that burning speed that gets down field and scares safeties and corners to death."

The Redskins also made a switch at kicker, releasing Kai Forbath and signing Dustin Hopkins in an attempt to improve the team's kickoffs.

RAIDERS: The Raiders received good news on quarterback Derek Carr after his Monday morning MRI on his right hand revealed simply a bruise.

“We think he’s going to be OK,” coach Jack Del Rio said.

Carr’s status for Sunday’s game hasn’t been determined, but the Raiders haven’t ruled out that he could play against the Baltimore Ravens.

“He was up here in the office this morning showing me he could squeeze a ball,” Del Rio said of Carr. “It was good news. We’re all relieved.”

Del Rio said the Raiders have no plans to bring in another quarterback at this time.

CARDINALS: Arizona running back Andre Ellington has a sprained right knee, an injury that's less serious than initially feared, and coach Bruce Arians isn't ruling him out for Sunday's game at Chicago.

Ellington suffered a mild sprain of his right posterior cruciate ligament in Arizona's 31-19 season-opening win over New Orleans.

Such injuries usually sideline a player one to three weeks, but Arians thinks Ellington might play against the Bears.

If Ellington can't go, Chris Johnson would move into the starting role with rookie David Johnson as his backup.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll yells from the sideline during the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis on Sunday. AP PHOTO