Another sleepy start in Seattle: What should, shouldn’t worry Seahawks

Don’t let the Seattle Seahawks’ recent history of overcoming slow starts lead you to believe this is just another typical stumble out of the gates. The team’s offensive vital signs through two games have never registered weaker during the Russell Wilson era. You pick the category — points, touchdowns, Total QBR, rushing yards, third-down conversion rate — and there’s a great chance the two-game stats have never been worse in five seasons with Wilson in the lineup.

Yes, kids, there was a time when we survived without computers.

“It was like a track meet,” Walker recalled. “It was Marino, (Mark) Duper, me, Kenny, Al Toon — and we were all on a buzz.”

Gronkowski said that he’s doing everything he can to return, calling it “super hard” to not be able to join his teammates for games. He first injured his hamstring Aug. 15.

Norman does an excellent job in zone coverage because he’s good at maintaining leverage and playing off his help. It was clear that he trusted the others in Carolina’s secondary to do their job. Washington’s secondary, really its entire coverage, has been beset by communication and trust issues in the first two games. Expected help underneath from pass drops hasn’t always been there; safety help hasn’t always arrived.

So far Norman has been able to overcome other problems because of his ability to anticipate routes, stay balanced and break well — plus, he plays tight coverage. It’s enabled him to already strip two passes from receivers this season, in limited throws his way.

“Don’t make him be the guy that covers a man by himself,” former NFL safety Ryan Clark said. “But you do want him matched on [the top receiver] if he goes deep or runs certain routes. Josh is not a guy that should be in zero man coverage every play, but he’s talented enough and one of the top five corners in the league.”

If Peterson does need surgery, he’ll have to choose between two options. He could have his meniscus trimmed or removed, and possibly be back in a matter of weeks; that course of action could have him back on the field on Oct. 23 in Philadelphia, following the Vikings’ bye week. Given the potential of the Vikings’ 2016 season — and Peterson’s limited window to maximize his production and future earnings — the quicker fix might be an attractive option.

Bills OT Seantrel Henderson faces 4-game suspension

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is facing a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Jordan Mills replaced Henderson in the starting lineup late last season and remains the Bills’ projected starter this season. Henderson has mostly taken snaps with the second team since returning to practice.

Henderson’s suspension is the team’s third substance-abuse suspension since the summer. Former running back Karlos Williams was suspended four games in July and later released, while Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will miss the first four games of this season for what he called a missed drug test.

That’s right, during his September suspension, Brady is not only banned from Gillette Stadium property and forbidden to talk to Bill Belichick or any other coaches, he’s not even allowed to chat football with teammates away from the facility. Sure, he can still work out, throw and watch as much film as he wants — as long as it’s not provided by the Patriots. His trainer is allowed to contact the team on his behalf.

Other than that, the ironclad rules governing Brady’s time in pigskin purgatory appear, well, nearly Patriot-proof. If the three-time Super Bowl MVP even sees someone resembling Rob Gronkowski shopping for frozen burritos in his local grocery store, he should abandon his cart and sprint the other way until he’s rendered incapacitated by fear and exhaustion, like in the AFC Championship Game.

In all seriousness, for a workaholic and, arguably, the greatest quarterback of all time, it’s gonna be a long month. Luckily, we’ve compiled a handy bunch of ways Brady can maximize his free time. No extra charge for the ideas, Tom.

The Patriots project to start veteran Chris Long, who signed with the Patriots after spending the first eight years of his career with the Rams, in his place. Jabaal Sheard is the other starter, with Shea McClellin (fifth year) and second-year players Trey Flowers, Geneo Grissom and Rufus Johnson rounding out the depth chart.

“My focus is on getting back to 100 percent and being the best teammate and Patriot I can be upon my return,” Ninkovich said.

The letter, obtained by NBC Bay Area, states that if the 49ers do not discipline Kaepernick, “it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.”