Tag:Arizona Cardinals
Posted on: October 9, 2010 7:39 pm

Week 5 injury news and analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Giants at Texans

Though he’s listed as questionable, expect starting RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle) to play. But he’s not going to have an easy time against Houston’s No. 2 ranked run defense. FB Madison Hedgecock and C Shaun O’Hara are listed as out. O’Hara’s backup, Adam Koets, is probable, but he’s also been battling knee problems. Bradshaw will have to work to get his yards.

Remember last week when Osi Umenyiora was listed as questionable with a knee injury but then he ended up recording three sacks against the Bears? Yeah, Houston QB Matt Schaub probably knows about that as well. Anyway, Umenyiora is probable for this week.

Houston WR Andre Johnson is listed as questionable a week after he missed the Raiders game with an ankle injury, but he said this week that he feels great running around on the practice field. Expect him back on the field. WR Jacoby Jones, though, is doubtful with a calf injury. DE Mario Williams is questionable with a groin, but he also said that he feels like he’s got to play with his injury.

Saints at Cardinals

Our ridiculous injury report of the week goes to New Orleans, which is listing 19 players. Thirteen of those names are listed as probable (it’s almost like, “What’s the point?”). S Roman Harper (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and DE Will Smith (groin) only practiced Friday. Both are questionable. Not that it should matter facing an Arizona squad starting a rookie free agent quarterback.

For the Cardinals, WR Steve Breaston (knee) and WR Early Doucet (sports hernia) are still out. In Breaston’s place, look for undrafted rookie Stephen Williams (three catches, 32 yards last week) to get his second-straight start. Breaston and Doucet will try to return in Week 7 after the Cardinals have a bye next week.

Titans at Cowboys

The Cowboys shouldn’t have too many problems with their injuries this week. RB Chris Gronkowski (groin) is listed as questionable, but he said this week that he expects to play. He had a similar injury last year, and he didn’t miss a game. TE Jason Witten (knee), G Kyle Kosier (knee) and WR Dez Bryant (ribs) are probable.

Titans starting OG Leroy Harris didn’t practice all week, and he’s listed as questionable. Though Harris is in his first year as a starter, coach Jeff Fisher said Harris is experienced enough where he could play Sunday without practicing all week.

Chargers at Raiders

Though he’s listed as questionable, San Diego LB Shawne Merriman will play, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. RB Ryan Mathews is listed as probable, but San Diego isn’t going to rush him back from his ankle injury too soon. The Chargers have Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles waiting in the wings if Mathews is limited or can’t play.

With S Darrell Stuckey doubtful to play, the person who will replace Steve Gregory – who was suspended four games this week for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs – likely will be Paul Oliver.

The Raiders LB corps has been hit hard – Travis Goethel and Thomas Howard are out, while Ricky Brown and Quentin Groves are questionable. RBs Darren McFadden and Michael Bennett are out, along with DT John Henderson and LG Robert Gallery.

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 3:55 pm

Pierre Thomas out for Week 5

Posted by Andy Benoit

The New Orleans Saints will be without top running back Pierre Thomas for a second straight game. Thomas hasP. Thomas (US Presswire) not practiced since injuring his ankle against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.

According to James Varney of the Times-Picayune, Thomas would try to play if this were a playoff game. But it’s Week 5, and the fourth-year pro has the rest of the season to consider. Plus, Thomas is yet to even run full speed on the ankle (he’s mainly been doing underwater exercises).

The Saints, of course, are already without No. 2 running back (and No. 1 mismatch creator) Reggie Bush. This means Ladell Betts and undrafted rookie Chris Ivory will share the rushing load against the Cardinals. This formula was efficient against the Panthers last week. Ivory rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries; Betts rushed for 47 yards on 13 carries.

Perhaps influencing the Saints’ decision to wait on Thomas is the fact that the Cardinals are currently giving up 154.8 yards per game on the ground, third worst in the NFL.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 2:20 pm

Max Hall to replace Anderson as Cards starter

M. Hall will take over for D. Anderson as Arizona's starting QB (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It looks like Derek Anderson’s reign as the Cardinals starting quarterback has come to an end – at least for the time being.

After Anderson beat out Matt Leinart in the preseason for the right to start, coach Ken Whisenhunt apparently will start undrafted free agent rookie Max Hall Sunday against the Saints.

That’s according to a source for the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers.

As Somers points out, Anderson had the worst QB ranking in the league (a measly 59.5), and the Cardinals rank 31st in the NFL in offense.

After replacing Anderson in the Chargers 41-10 beatdown of the Cardinals, Hall went 8 for 14 for 82 yards. He also was sacked six times.

It’s also official: Anderson has been Wally Pipp’d.

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 6:12 pm

Derek Anderson benched for Max Hall

Posted by Will Brinson

Ken Wisenhunt is quite enamored with BYU rookie Max Hall. However, he'd probably hoped not to have to play him in lengthy action as early as Week 4. But when the Chargers got up on the Cardinals by three touchdowns, partially because Derek Anderson looked awful in the pocket, Wisenhunt figured why not give the rookie a shot.

So, Hall's in the game for the Birds, Anderson is sitting on the bench (a fairly familiar sight, though).

His production hasn't been spectacular as he's currently 3/5 for 32 yards, but perhaps the biggest statistic -- thus far -- is his "zero" in the interception column, which is two less than Anderson.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 1:24 pm

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Colts at Jaguars

For the Colts, it seems like the entire offense is questionable. But that’s what happens when RB Joseph Addai, RB Donald Brown, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Austin Collie and LT Charlie Johnson are listed at 50-50. Between the five of them, they combined to participate in six practices this week.

If I had to guess, I’d say Garcon won’t play, Collie will, Johnson won’t, Brown won’t and Addai will. Regardless, Indianapolis should have enough to wallop Jacksonville’s 29th-ranked defense.

Jaguars LB Justin Durant (ankle) is out for the second-straight game, and that’s not good news for Jacksonville. S Sean Considine is doubtful, and that means the Colts running game could have a nice day – assuming Addai plays.

UPDATE (9:09 p.m.):
Garcon and Brown have been ruled out.

Texans at Raiders

WR Andre Johnson remains questionable. He didn’t practice at all this week after reaggravating an ankle injury in Week 3 that he originally sustained in Week 2. Johnson is scheduled to take the field for warmups on Sunday, and that’s when his availability will be determined. Without him, the Texans will have a big void in their WR corps.

TE Owen Daniels also is questionable. He practiced Wednesday, but he suffered from a tight hamstring and didn’t work out Thursday or Friday. If he and Johnson don’t play, and assuming Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha takes out either Kevin Walter of Jacoby Jones, who in the heck will Matt Schaub target?

The Raiders have a ridiculous 19 players on their injury report. WRs Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey are questionable, and that’s pretty bad news. Both are starters, and the only other WRs to catch a pass for Oakland this year are Johnnie Lee Higgins and Yamon Figurs. They’ve combined for an impressive three receptions on the season.

The defensive line is also a question mark. DT Richard Seymour and DT John Henderson are 50-50 to play as well.

Redskins at Eagles

It’s hard to analyze the Redskins injury list, because, as coach Mike Shanahan says, he’s not exactly honest about it (there’s a good lesson in fair play there, by the way. You just have to search really, really, really hard for it.). Among those who are listed a questionable are DT Albert Haynesworth, LT Trent Williams, CB DeAngelo Hall and RB Clinton Portis.

Will any of them play? Probably. But because we know Shanahan isn’t truthful with this list, it’s pretty hard to tell.

As for the Eagles, TE Brent Celek and WR Jeremy Maclin are probable to play, so QB Michael Vick will continue to have two of his major targets. G Nick Cole is questionable, but he hasn’t been that great when he’s played, so that’s not a big deal.

Cardinals at Chargers

The Cardinals will miss leading WR Steve Breaston (knee) and WR Early Doucet (groin), both of whom are out for Sunday. Naturally, this makes life tougher for QB Derek Anderson and WR Larry Fitzgerald. After missing practice Thursday, LB Paris Lenon returned Friday, and he’s questionable. If he can play, he’d be a big help to the Arizona defense, considering he’s the squad’s leading tackler.

Chargers LB Larry English is already listed as out, and I expect LB Shawne Merriman (doubtful with a calf) to join him on the bench. The fact San Diego elevated practice squad LB Kion Wilson to the 53-man roster this week likely means Merriman won’t be on the field. After missing last week, RB Ryan Mathews practiced all week and is listed as probable to play. Obviously, that’s good news for the Chargers, who rushed for 89 yards in last week’s loss to Seattle.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 9:28 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 2:23 pm

Blackout report for Week 4

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Texans @ Raiders game will be blacked out Sunday. This marks the ninth-straight blackout for the Silver and Black.

The Seahawks @ Rams game is also facing a blackout, despite the Rams coming off a home win against the Redskins.

The Cardinals @ Chargers will be blacked out (fans apparently aren’t eager to see Derek Anderson throwing to Stephen Williams). This is the second blackout in as many home games for San Diego.

The usual blackout suspect – the Jaguars – are NOT blacked out. The Jaguars sold out for the third time this season. They have benefitted from an attractive schedule. Jacksonville welcomed Tim Tebow and the Broncos to town in Week 1. Week 3 offered Michael Vick and the Eagles. This week, Jacksonville fans get to see Peyton Manning and the Colts.

UPDATE (2:22 ET): Rams Rapid Reporter Ron Clements says, thanks to four major corporate sponsors, the Rams have avoided a blackout for this Sunday after all.

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 4:37 pm

Hot Routes 9.30.10: Falcons snub DeAngelo Hall?

Posted by Will Brinson
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  • The Falcons are rocking their throwback jerseys on Sunday as they welcome Mike Singletary and the winless San Francisco 49ers to Atlanta; personally, I think they look pretty dope. But I haven't seen them up close, so I can't be positive. Neither, according to Mike Florio , has DeAngelo Hall. You see, the Falcons are sending the jerseys to all of their former Pro Bowlers as a "thank you" and whatnot -- Florio reports that Hall is the only guy who won't get a jersey, because he had some not-so-choice comments for the organization after he left. However, Rick Maese of the Washington Post now reports that Hall will get a jersey; apparently there was a big debate as to whether or not the team should spite Hall like that
  • Dwayne Jarrett said at Panthers practice that his agent Drew Rosenhaus discussed his release and/or trade with the Panthers this offseason, but said "they don't want to let me go because they still feel like I can help out the team." That noise you hear is every single Panthers fan shaking their heads collectively.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 4:53 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 5:05 pm

Steve Breaston has knee surgery

Posted by Andy Benoit

The last thing the Cardinals need is one of their starting receivers going under the knife. Tuesday, that’s what they got. XTRA Sports 910's Mike Jurecki reports that Steve Breaston had surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee. The speedy No. 2 wideout is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks. S. Breaston

Breaston currently leads the Cardinals with 14 receptions and 183 yards. His absence means Derek Anderson will have to find another receiver to miss throws to while defenses double-team – and, now, perhaps, triple-team – Larry Fitzgerald.

Early Doucet would be the obvious choice, but he’s still out with a sports hernia. Anquan Boldin is a Pro Bowler, but, sadly, the Cards never paid what he was worth and instead dealt him to Baltimore back in spring. (Sorry Cardinals fans, maybe that little jab wasn’t necessary…)

Undrafted rookies Stephen Williams and Max Komar are expected to get a crack (they’re the only receivers on the roster). Also, third-round pick Andre Roberts could warrant a look. Roberts, primarily a punt returner, has struggled early on, but the opportunity could be thrust on him.

In all likelihood, the Cardinals will sign a free agent. (Kevin Curtis is available. Too bad Brandon Stokley just joined the Seahawks.)

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