The Cardinals broke up for the bye weekend today. That’s four days off for the players — practice resumes Monday — and Coach Bruce Arians had the same message for his guys that every coach ever has — Don’t get into trouble. Even if he might relay it a little more colorfully.
“Too many times when a guy gets a day off, he gets tased in Miami, South Beach or something,” Arians said. “We don’t want any of that stuff. We don’t want any distractions.”
The Cardinals did have a Navy SEAL speaking to them today. The theme, Arians said, was the difference between resting and reloading during this break. “Hopefully we come back Monday at practice and we are ready,” Arians said. “Don’t be ‘The Guy.’ ”
— Here’s a little surprise: Patrick Peterson would rather not have a bye week at all.
“I wouldn’t necessarily call this one the perfect time because I’m not ready to take a break yet,” Peterson said. “I’m ready to keep playing football. We had a great win here Sunday, a big victory that was well-deserving and well-needed for this football team to get our momentum going into the second half of the season. But me, personally, if we can play 16 weeks straight I’m all for it. I don’t like taking breaks. I love this game too much.”
It was pointed out that he might have some teammates that would feel quite differently.
“Yeah, that’s why I said if it was up to me,” Peterson added. “Obviously those guys will definitely love to take a break when it’s well-needed. At some point in time your body will need a break, but I consider myself as a warrior. I’m always ready to go.”
— The Cardinals practiced in full pads Wednesday, even if it wasn’t a long workout (running back Rashard Mendenhall and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald sat out, not unexpectedly.) “It was a practice basically designed for young players to prove they can play if the opportunity arises,” Arians said. “If they are busting assignments on generic stuff, then they are in trouble, and we had some of that.”
— Arians said he will “probably” watch the Houston game against the Colts, which makes sense given the Cards play the Texans a week from Sunday and then the Colts Nov. 24.
— Arians will also take part in the a charity event for The Arians Family Foundation, a miniature golf event held at Golfland (155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa, 85210) Sunday. The inaugural Putt Putt 4 Purpose event, presented by PRO Sports Realty, will start at 3 p.m. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Among the players scheduled to attend: Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Darnell Dockett, Karlos Dansby, Carson Palmer and Daryl Washington.
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