Well, coach Ken Whisenhunt was looking for clarification on the penalty flag thrown on cornerback Richard Marshall — the one play in which Marshall was called for unnecessary roughness when he hit quarterback Cam Newton shoulder-to-shoulder, forcing a throw that linebacker Daryl Washington intercepted. Not only did the Cards lose the turnover, but a couple plays later, Newton threw a touchdown pass to Steve Smith for a 14-7 halftime lead.
Marshall got the clarification. “NFL looked at my hit on cam newton from Sundays game and said it was legal. Happy to say I’m not getting fined, thanks” Marshall tweeted.
Something tells me linebacker Clark Haggans isn’t going to be fined for inadvertently hitting Newton’s facemask in the fourth quarter either, a play that helped set up the Panthers’ potential game-tying touchdown (that the Cards ended up stopping anyway).
At least Marshall got Newton at a more important time later (pictured below): The sack — when Newton had 40 yards of running room — that forced the punt Patrick Peterson returned for the game-winning score.
– Speaking of Twitter news, Rams/NFL reporter Howard Balzer tweeted that the Cards tried out former Rams receiver Donnie Avery this week (which goes with the Jaymar Johnson tryout news). As I said before, the Cards, like a lot of teams, are going to kick the tires on potential upgrades. Doesn’t mean they will sign them. With Avery, he’s coming off major knee surgery and he was cut by a receiver-hungry team like the Rams. That would give me caution.
– General manager Rod Graves gave a talk to ASU students looking to get into the sports business field.
Tags: Clark Haggans, Daryl Washington, Donnie Avery, Richard Marshall, Rod Graves
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