Your pic in the game program

Posted by Darren Urban on August 27, 2009 – 9:31 am

Just heard from my good friend Chris Melvin, media relations manager and king of the game program — Kickoff Magazine — and he is looking for pictures of you. Apparently a new part of each Kickoff issue will be a few photos of fans wearing their favorite Cardinals gear. So send in your best photo of yourself, family and/or friends representing. The picture can be taken at home, on the road somewhere, or tailgating before a game. Wherever.

If your picture is selected, you will be featured in an upcoming program. Just get the picture, your name and town in which you live (and make sure you ID everyone in the photo) and e-mail it to The pictures selected will be based on size (if it is too small, it won’t reproduce well), photo quality and, of course, number of submissions.

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LB Holloway signed, Vallejo cut

Posted by Darren Urban on August 26, 2009 – 4:26 pm

The Cardinals added a linebacker Wednesday when they brought back David Holloway, last seen around these parts on the practice squad in 2007 (he was brought to the roster for the season finale before being inactive on game day). He also has spent time with Washington, Cleveland and Jacksonville. To make room for Holloway, the Cardinals waived/injured tackle Elliot Vallejo, who has been dealing with a dislocated kneecap. Vallejo is practice squad eligible, so if there is some kind of injury settlement, I would guess the Cards could bring him back if they wanted to do so.

Holloway is also practice-squad eligible, so if he fits, maybe he hangs around now that Cody Brown is done for the year. Don’t worry if you don’t remember him, but it’s too bad Holloway missed the Chargers game – I am guessing Chargers QB Billy Volek remembers Holloway and a certain preseason sack in 2007.


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Q hurts his hamstring

Posted by Darren Urban on August 26, 2009 – 12:23 pm

It was revealed today that Anquan Boldin hurt his right hamstring yesterday at practice, forcing him to sit out today and likely keeping him out of the Packers game. Coach Ken Whisenhunt wouldn’t rule Boldin out (the injury shouldn’t be serious), but at the same time he talked about Jerheme Urban getting a chance to start (which makes sense if Q and Steve Breaston, who was limited in practice because of his sore knee, don’t play).


Whisenhunt said Boldin, who had an MRI Tuesday night on the area, will be treated carefully. No reason to push it in the preseason. Besides, even though Boldin isn’t thrilled with being hurt, he did say during camp in Flagstaff he’d rather not have to play preseason games. This isn’t the way you want to go about it, but if we’re looking for silver linings ….

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Signing inside information

Posted by Darren Urban on August 26, 2009 – 9:01 am

So Edge is a Seahawk, and in the division. Naturally, coach Ken Whisenhunt commented on the topic. “I really haven’t had a whole lot of thought about that. I’ve said that Edge did a great job for us in the playoffs last year and a big part of the reason for our success was our ability to have a more balanced offense. I wish Edgerrin well. I hope he doesn’t give them any information about us, but I understand he probably will.”

It’s funny (not ha-ha funny but interesting funny). Do the Seahawks turn to Edge, as opposed to say, Warrick Dunn, if Edge hadn’t played in Arizona? Do the 49ers, even with injuries in the secondary, turn to CB Eric Green after he was cut by the Dolphins had Green not been a Card? Does the information those players have about the Cards really help? It probably isn’t a tipping point between wins and losses, but knowing coaches the way I do, I would think they would hoard any and all chances to get any kind of advantage.

Playing-wise, we’ll see. Green is in a different situation than Edge. But I guarantee you Fitz and Q would be, let’s just say, excited to be able to go against Green in a game if such a matchup would happen. I still find it odd Edge ended up in Seattle, where he looks like he will be No. 2 and behind the kind of jerry-rigged offensive line that he always hated to deal with in Arizona early on. Maybe $2 million was what he could max out and it was worth the money. Maybe he wants to show the Cards they blew it. But I would guess the Cards’ defense wants a chance to slow their buddy down as well.

Until then, I suppose we wait for the Rams to sign Travis LaBoy.


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Packers game is a sellout

Posted by Darren Urban on August 25, 2009 – 4:14 pm

And as a result of said sellout, the game will be televised live Friday night at 7 p.m. on ABC-15 locally. Of course, you can also tune into the pregame radio that will begin at 4 p.m. on KTAR 92.3 FM and Sports 620 KTAR AM with yours truly and Bill Lewis.

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After practice

Posted by Darren Urban on August 25, 2009 – 2:02 pm

A relatively quiet (yet hot) day today at practice. DRC was absent, excused to take care of a personal issue, but he’ll be back tomorrow. Still sitting out were LB Ali Highsmith (ankle), DE Keilen Dykes (quad), T Elliot Vallejo (kneecap) and QB Brian St. Pierre (back). The Cards also worked out a DE/LB now that Cody Brown is out; a guy named Angelo Craig out of the University of Cincinnati who was in the 2008 draft. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the Cards will likely work out multiple players to see if they want to sign someone to replace Brown. Don’t forget, the Cards have to cut five players after Friday’s game, so waiting to put Brown on IR might pay off (and then the Cards would only have to release four).

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On tailgating and the UoP parking lots

Posted by Darren Urban on August 25, 2009 – 10:05 am

After that first preseason game, I have heard from some fans about “new” stadium policies this season concerning tailgating and when the gates open, and it seems there is some confusion there (ABC 15 apparently did a story on the issue, although I admittedly did not see it). Given all that, I thought it would help for me to ask around here and get some answers. Here’s what I found:

To begin with, the only significant change is when the gates to the stadium open. It used to be two hours before kickoff. Now it is 90 minutes, mostly because barely anyone was going inside during that first half-hour, and given that nothing much was happening – the majority of warm-ups don’t happen until one hour before kickoff.

That has nothing to do with when the parking lots open. The lots still are open four hours before kickoff, as always, to provide plenty of tailgating time. And that, frankly, was always the time intended for tailgating. When the game starts (and, I guess I always figured everyone would have gone inside by then), tailgating is prohibited. John Drum, the VP of stadium operations, said lots continue to be patrolled but the main focus turns to inside the stadium (and 65,000 fans or so). Drum added that all the spots in parking areas require hanged tags that only go to season ticket holders, so it would make sense that all those people would go inside for the game, because those without tickets generally wouldn’t have a parking pass.

Another sticking point with some seems to be post-game, but again, that policy is the same as it has been. The goal is to clear the parking lot an hour after the game. Like a lot of these policies, it goes back to monitoring alcohol consumption and eliminating excessive drinking, which the NFL as a whole is watching closer than ever before. The thought post-game is that increasing the ability to sit in the parking lot for hours after the game increases the chances of drunk drivers (which is the same reason beer sales are cut off after the third quarter during the game).

I’ll admit, I don’t have a lot of experience with pre- and post-game, since I have to be in the stadium so early and leave so much later. And I get why these things are an issue with some fans. But I wanted to at least lay out the thought process from those who are shaping these policies (which can officially be found here) so everyone can understand what’s up. 


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Edge to Seattle

Posted by Darren Urban on August 24, 2009 – 2:38 pm

I just was told Edgerrin James has signed with the Seahawks, an interesting choice to be sure. We all know how Edge is and what kind of game he brings; I will be intrigued to see how he fits and how his guys here on the defense take him on.After former CB Eric Green signed with the 49ers following his release from Miami, it’s like the NFC West is just collecting ex-Cards.

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Beanie looks good

Posted by Darren Urban on August 24, 2009 – 1:43 pm

Some quick after practice stuff, aside from the news rookie LB Cody Brown is out for the season with a wrist injury:
— Beanie Wells “looked explosive and fast,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said in Wells’ most extensive work since camp started and clearly his best work. Whisenhunt noted Wells made it to the perimeter a couple of times with some speed.
— WR Steve Breaston (knee) is “coming along well,” but remains out. He was catching some passes from assistant athletic trainer Chad Cook, however, as part of his rehab. QB Brian St. Pierre sat out when his bad back flared up. LB Ali Highsmith (ankle) and T Elliot Vallejo (kneecap) remain out. DT Keilen Dykes (quad) did his first work since getting hurt, taking part in individual drills and some running.

— The Cards have a tent up between the practice fields to help with the heat, along with some giant fans — fans which Whisenhunt said were turned the wrong way to start the day, so the coach got that rectified.


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Cody Brown out for season

Posted by Darren Urban on August 24, 2009 – 9:05 am

The team still hasn’t announced anything — I would guess coach Ken Whisenhunt will talk about it after practice — but the agent of rookie linebacker Cody Brown is saying on his Twitter account (over two parts, here and here) that Brown’s wrist injury will end his season. Obviously, not great news and it matches up with Brown’s mood in the locker room after the game Saturday night. In some ways it might have a silver lining because Brown still had a lot of learning to do and this takes the pressure off. But at the same time it’s depth the Cards could have used, especially with older players at the position in front of Brown. UPDATE: It’s official from coach Ken Whisenhunt — Brown will be place on injured reserve after suffering the injury. I’ll have more in a story ASAP.


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