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Scuffle means running “after” practice

Posted by Darren Urban on August 14, 2014 – 6:02 pm

It was mostly a routine final-practice-before-a-game Thursday at University of Phoenix Stadium, but then it got very interesting at the end. No, that’s not referring to the first meeting with the media for linebacker John Abraham, who returned to the team after missing the first 20 days of training camp. Instead, it came on the field. The Cardinals ran a nice pass play with tight end John Carlson coming across the field for the catch and heading for a touchdown. That’s where all the eyes were until suddenly there were coaches yelling and a host of players — it seemed like 15 or 20 already — near the line of scrimmage in a group. A scuffle had started, although with so many people, it was impossible to know who had been in it.

At this point, Bruce Arians had made very, very clear how he feels about things like that. The other day, Darnell Dockett and Bradley Sowell had been made to take laps, but obviously, the message didn’t stick. So Arians went to the next level, stopping practice altogether to make the entire squad — save for the guys sitting out because of injuries — run sprints from sideline to sideline. Up and back they went six times, before Arians called the team together in a huddle. It seemed like practice was over, and Arians even left the field. But the players did not, and after a couple of minutes, 11-on-11 commenced for a little while longer. Arians even came back on the field, although it was clear he was angry.

“It’s camp and stuff like that happens,” cornerback Justin Bethel said. “We’ve just got to know that we’re a team and stick together. We’re trying to win a championship, and we can’t be fighting amongst each other. It’s all about team. Team is what it takes is our slogan right now. We just had to do some extra conditioning and put it behind us.

“(Coach) made his point, and we already knew where he stood with that. Some guys, they lose their tempers, and it happens, but we’ve just got to keep on moving forward.”

As for the end of practice, “I think some of the players on the team just decided we wanted to finish up practice because every play is important for us,” Bethel said. “I think they decided among themselves, ‘Let’s go ahead and just finish up practice because we didn’t have much left.’ “

– Abraham did not practice in his first day back, getting a physical and meeting with the strength and conditioning coaches to see where his fitness was. Abraham said it might take a few days to get back on the practice field but said he was confident he’ll be ready for the regular season.

– Arians said wide receivers Michael Floyd and Ted Ginn will travel to Minnesota and could still possibly play against the Vikings. It does not look as good for guard Jonathan Cooper (toe), linebacker Kevin Minter (pectoral) and defensive tackle Bruce Gaston (knee).

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10 Responses to “Scuffle means running “after” practice”

  1. By Patrick on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    I bet it was Feely, he has been pumped up to get on Cantanzaro big time. LOL..

  2. By Scott H on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    Damn, man….BA doesn’t mess around, does he??? Got a little Herb Brooks in him!

    Again!

  3. By Scott H on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    Well….welcome back, John Abraham. The “contributing” part is up to you. Not the best way to start a season at the age of 36, is it? Not the best way for the TEAM or your TEAM MATES, either.

    Get busy, dude. Got work to do.

  4. By Big Ken on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    Arians is tough no doubt about it. Something tells me Bowles is like ten times worse.

  5. By Braedon on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    He’s so quiet. It wouldn’t surprise me.

  6. By Dynosoar on Aug 14, 2014 | Reply

    Barry Bond,

    I hope you saw I addressed your thoughts on SF last post.

    Glad Abraham is finally back. Glad he’s taken care of whatever he needed to take care of and that he’s on the field again.

    Here’s to a grand fine winning the Super Bowl type of a season.

  7. By Dynosoar on Aug 15, 2014 | Reply

    There are four stages in team building and it’s believed a team Must pass through all of them to be successful, even if only briefly.

    1. Forming (all arrows scattered and look like pick up sticks, all pointing in different directions)
    2. Storming (all arrows in a circle pointed at each other)
    3. Norming (all arrows facing same direction, pointing towards a common goal, but everyone doing it their own way)
    4. Performing (One BIG arrow on the ground as everyone is pointed towards the common goal and working together, “on the same page” so to speak.)

    Looks like we’re in the second stage which is good to get out of the way early on. Last year it took half a season to get to the fourth stage, unfortunately that was one or two games too late.

    If we want home field advantage in the Super Bowl, we need to get past the second stage, the third stage and settle into the fourth stage sooner rather than later. I know I want home field advantage.

  8. By wnycardfan on Aug 15, 2014 | Reply

    I love Arians style. Truly do. And he’s great to read and listen to as well.

  9. By red bird of death! on Aug 16, 2014 | Reply

    Hey,anyone know how long Coop could be out? Darren? I hope he’s back up for the season opener we all know what turf toe means all too well.

  10. By Darren Urban on Aug 16, 2014 | Reply

    Red bird —

    RE: Cooper

    Right now, I’d think he’d be back at practice some time next week.

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