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Some odds and ends

Posted by Darren Urban on October 19, 2011 – 10:52 am

A couple of tidbits I wanted to put out there while waiting for practice:

— Safety Kerry Rhodes, past his surgery to repair his broken foot and into rehab, returns to host his Big Red Rage radio show Thursday night with Larry Fitzgerald as his guest, so get your reservations now at Majerle’s in Chandler. The show begins at 6 p.m. (and will be live on Arizona Sports 620).

— One of Rhodes’ co-hosts, Paul Calvisi, will be trumpeting his newest Rocky Mountain Southwest Emmy for best sports reporter (OK, maybe he won’t be trumpeting it, but he did win). So too did the Cards’ quartet of Tim DeLaney, Jonathan Hayward, Bob Adlhoch and Martin Tarr for their 2010 preseason game broadcasts in the sporting event/live and unedited category.

— As part of Hispanic Heritage month, each of the 32 NFL teams are honoring someone local with a leadership award. The Cards’ winner, to be honored Sunday against Pittsburgh, will be Arizona State University wrestler Anthony Robles, who won a national title in the 125-pound weight class despite missing a leg.
With support from sponsor Bud Light, each winner gets $2,000 for an organization that serves the Hispanic community. For his donation, Robles chose the Wiggle Your Toes Foundation, dedicated to helping amputees and their families regain independence and mobility.


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Injuries, illness and stepping away

Posted by Darren Urban on December 23, 2010 – 2:00 pm

Linebacker Joey Porter (tricep) and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring) improved a bit and coach Ken Whisenhunt said he was encouraged by their efforts. “Whether that means they play Saturday, that’ll be tough,” Whisenhunt said. The players seem matter-of-fact about their situations — “Can’t do nothing about it,” Porter said — although with only two games left, there has to be optimism they can at least return for the San Francisco game, because otherwise, the team might just find another option and put them on injured reserve.

— Quarterback Derek Anderson and tight end Stephen Spach also were absent today because they were ill. But in the spirit of the season, Whisenhunt, while talking about Anderson, deadpanned “it wasn’t reported like Tom Brady was, when he was out with the flu, but it’s a similar situation.”

— Whisenhunt touched on the notion of giving some playcalling duties to passing game coordinator Mike Miller, saying it is a natural progression that will only continue to grow for Miller.

“There are a lot of things going on on game day you have to be on top of, and fortunately we have a number of good coaches on the staff to help with that,” Whisenhunt said. “I get a lot of personal satisfaction when you call good plays or call a game with good success. That’s part of what I have done successfully for a number of years and it’s hard to step away from that.”

— The next-to-last Big Red Rage is tonight. Adrian Wilson’s guest is kicker Jay Feely for the broadcast, which is live at 6 p.m. at Majerle’s Sports Grill at Chandler Fashion Center (give yourself time withe the traffic, if you plan on going). It will be aired live on Sports 620 KTAR (and also streamed live right here).


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Anderson still out and a post-practice update

Posted by Darren Urban on December 15, 2010 – 2:35 pm

Quarterback Derek Anderson remains sidelined with concussion symptoms, a moot point in one way since John Skelton was going to start regardless but now something that has to be a concern. No matter how you feel about his play, having a concussion knock a guy out into a second week is scary.

Seven players were limited today, including two newcomers from last week’s group. Running back Beanie Wells said he is “trying” to get past the leftovers of what took him out of the game Sunday (and since I apparently have been afflicted with an illness myself — thanks, son — let me say working in this environment not so much fun). Linebacker O’Brien Schofield also was limited with a hamstring injury, but I don’t expect any of these to cause a problem Sunday.

As a heads-up, rookie nose tackle Dan Williams will be Adrian Wilson’s guest on the Big Red Rage tomorrow. It’ll be at Majerle’s at 6 p.m. and air live on Sports 620 KTAR (and be streamed live on video here at azcardinals.com).


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Broncos game — and perhaps season — a sellout

Posted by Darren Urban on December 9, 2010 – 11:57 am

The game Sunday between the Cardinals and Broncos has been officially announced as a sellout, making the Cardinals 52-for-52 at University of Phoenix Stadium on sellouts, assuring that the game won’t  be blacked out on local television and, perhaps most significantly, virtually means the Cards will be blackout-free in 2010. The only home game remaining after Sunday is Christmas with the Dallas Cowboys, and any game with Dallas — regardless of records — is basically a lock to be a sellout.

— A quick reminder, the Cards’ two defensive captains, Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett, will be the stars of tonight’s Big Red Rage at Majerle’s in Chandler at 6 p.m. The show airs live on Sports 620 KTAR, or, if you can’t make it in person, you can watch it streamed live right here.

— If “Marcos Tucson” is reading, please e-mail me ASAP at askdarren@cardinals.nfl.net.


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On hog hunting and seeing Tebow

Posted by Darren Urban on December 8, 2010 – 4:59 pm

A few notes to finish the day:

— Richard Bartel was at home in Gonzales, Texas, when the Cardinals called. When asked what he was doing waiting for a team to call, he said he was hog-hunting. One media member was wondering if that was a euphemism for something like off-road racing or something. Nope. The new Cardinals’ QB was actually tracking down and taking out hogs.

There are javelinas in Texas, Bartel said, but these were wild hogs. “Bigger, slower, and they don’t have the tusks,” Bartel said, “but they are still dangerous.”

Bartel doesn’t use guns. Too dangerous for his dogs, who come along. Nope. “Hopefully none of you (media) guys are animal rights activists,” Bartel said.

The hogs will have to wait for now. Bartel is too busy playing football.

— The Broncos drafted Tim Tebow in the first round in large part because coach Josh McDaniels fell in love with his potential. Now, though, McDaniels is out. Where does that leave Tebow (who has played in goal line packages this season)? Maybe on the sideline, at least for the trip to Arizona Sunday.

“We’re going to evaluate every player on our team,” Broncos interim coach Eric Studeville said during a conference call Wednesday. “If something or someone can give us an advantage in a game, we’re going to explore it. … Tim has contributed this year and done some things for us that have benefitted us. We are going to continue to look at those things, but we haven’t decided at this point.”

This season Tebow has accounted for four touchdowns (three running, one passing) on just 13 plays. You’d think the coaches would know exactly what he brings to the table – or maybe they do and aren’t sure it’s enough right now.

— I’m not sure if Darnell Dockett is 100 percent healthy from his shoulder issues, but it’s a good sign he practiced fully today. As for the guys limited today, I don’t think any of them are “going to cost a chance to play Sunday” injuries.

— Speaking of Dockett, he will be Adrian Wilson’s guest on the Big Red Rage tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at Majerle’s in Chandler.

— The Cardinals filled the practice squad spot left vacant when Herman Johnson signed with the Bears yesterday by bringing in tackle Cliff Louis.


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Rams game sells out, beer, and the Rage

Posted by Darren Urban on December 2, 2010 – 11:57 am

The game Sunday between the Cards and Rams has been deemed a sellout, so the broadcast will not be blacked out on local television and the Cards now have gone 51-for-51 in selling out games played at University of Phoenix Stadium. The game will be aired on Fox.

— On Saturday, the Great Lawn outside the stadium will be the place for the Albertson’s “Big Red Pour” — an international craft beer and music festival. Running from noon to 10 p.m., the musical acts will  be headlined by Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. There is a discount for advance purchases. The concert lineup includes The Elevens from 3-4:30 p.m., Steve Ansel and the Jackson Street Band from 5-6:30, Sludge’s Build-a-Band from 7-7:40 and then Shepherd at 8:10. A $5 coupon is available at all Albertson’s locations.

— Tonight’s Big Red Rage radio show with Adrian Wilson will feature guest LaRod Stephens-Howling. The show will be aired live in Sports 620 KTAR and if you want to watch it live, it’s where it is always, Majerle’s Sports Grill in Chandler. It can also be seen live right here on azcardinals.com.


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Tonight’s Rage and the practice squad

Posted by Darren Urban on November 24, 2010 – 9:10 am

The Cardinals have brought back running back Alfonso Smith and added defensive end Jeremy Navarre to the practice squad, after having a couple of openings.

And with the Thanksgiving holiday, the Big Red Rage with Adrian Wilson will be tonight instead of tomorrow. A-Dub’s guest at Majerle’s Sports Grill in Chandler will be defensive end Calais Campbell. As usual, the show will start at 6 p.m., so you can either attend or watch the live video feed here. If you want to hear it on the radio, it will be played tape-delayed on Sports 620 KTAR following the Suns’ game.


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Fitz on the Big Red Rage

Posted by Darren Urban on November 18, 2010 – 9:24 am

For those looking for something to do, Larry Fitzgerald will be Adrian Wilson’s guest tonight on the Big Red Rage at Majerle’s Sports Grill in Chandler. The show will be taped live at 6 p.m. (and can be watched on live streaming video here) and, with Fitz on board, you probably want to get there early to get a seat. If you can’t be there/watch, it will air on Sports 620 KTAR following the Phoenix Suns’ game.

And, apropos of nothing, I meant to link to this yesterday, but I enjoyed Kent Somers’ article yesterday. Call it “A Few Good Cardinals.”


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Allergic reaction hampers Beanie

Posted by Darren Urban on November 4, 2010 – 1:52 pm

Running back Beanie Wells said it was an allergic reaction to a lubricant injection for his right knee — and nothing that happened in a game — Monday that caused the swelling that has limited him in practice. Because of that, he and coach Ken Whisenhunt are hopeful it will have dissipated by tomorrow and allow Wells to go back to work. Both stress nothing is wrong structurally.

The procedure isn’t uncommon, Whisenhunt said. Steve Breaston has used it. Whisenhunt himself has used to to ease knee discomfort. It’s just that Wells’ knee reacted badly. He plans to practice Friday. Whisenhunt said Wells definitely needs some work Friday in order to play Sunday.

“You want to go out and play full speed, not when your knee swells up and I can barely bend my knee,” Wells said.

Whisenhunt said the lubricant is called “Orthovisc.” “It’s nothing more than a way to help the knee, to improve the knee,” Whisenhunt said. It’s a method you do periodically, to “help the knee settle.” Whisenhunt said it is effective.

— For everyone still wondering about the Cardinals offensive line, former lineman Ben Muth writes up a details appraisal of the unit — and is fairly complementary — right here for Football Outsiders.

— The Big Red Rage is tonight at 6 p.m. at Majerle’s at Chandler Fashion Mall. Adrian Wilson’s guest is cornerback Michael Adams.

— Cards HQ, normally televised on FSAZ Wednesday nights, will debut tonight at 6:30 because of last night’s Suns game.  This week’s edition includes the decision to start Derek Anderson, a look at the Cardinals new “Hammer” formation and ‘Wired’ with Stephen Spach.

— Finally, remember my comments about Randy Moss (which I stand by, BTW)? I never said he wouldn’t make the Hall of Fame, but I insisted he wouldn’t be a first-ballot guy. Many disagreed. Well, Jason Whitlock crystallized my thoughts right at the top of this column.


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Where there’s a Will …

Posted by Darren Urban on October 28, 2010 – 2:20 pm

Will Davis was a defensive end in college at Illinois. He’s been a linebacker since the Cards took him in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. His days as a D-end are long over. Kind of.

“I am out of that world,” Davis said, laughing. Then he reconsidered. “It’s kind of a rush end, it’s an end with sugar on top. That’s how I consider it.”

Davis will start if veteran Clark Haggans can’t go. And Haggans, who hurt his groin, doesn’t seem likely, although coach Ken Whisenhunt said Haggans has played in the defense long enough he could go without practicing all week. Not that Whiz has a problem turning to Davis.

“Will played 24 snaps in last week’s game and he played well,” Whisenhunt said. “That gives you confidence. Last year, when he got banged up (with a knee injury) at the end of the year, he was playing well then. So I have seen it twice. I think the light has come on for him.”

Davis said that when he got to the league, “I had never really heard about routes and things like that,. Now, the way game has slowed down for him is “crazy. Like night and day. Coach (Matt) Raich said he sees me evolving.”

“I feel like I am better equipped to start because of Raich getting with me to watch film,” Davis added. “I always practice like I am going to start. I am always trying to push Joey (Porter) and Clark.”

— Whisenhunt said WR Steve Breaston looks good and should play this week. LB Gerald Hayes also has a couple packages put in for him and “he’s pretty close to being ready to go.” Even with the injury to Haggans, Whisenhunt sounded less certain about activating LB O’Brien Schofield, because he is a rookie and hasn’t played yet. If either Hayes or Schofield are activated, however, that also means the Cards must make a corresponding cut on the roster.

— DE Alan Branch was added to the injury report with a sore back, and he was limited Thursday. He still should be available, I’d think. The rest of the Cards’ injury report stayed the same. Haggans was out and four guys besides Branch were limited: Breaston (knee), WR Early Doucet (groin), CB Greg Toler (back) and Porter (groin). I’d think all will be able to go.

— The Buccaneers’ injury report is long. C Jeff Faine (quad) is already out. Fellow offensive linemen Jeremy Trueblood (knee) and Keydrick Vincent (back) sat out again, although CB Aqib Talib (calf) went from sitting out Wednesday to practicing fully Thursday. DE Kyle Moore (shoulder), LB Geno Hayes (knee), WR Preston Parker (knee) and DT Brian Price (pelvis) also sat out.

— The game Sunday is officially a sellout, so the game will be televised on local TV. And don’t forget the Cards will be wearing for the first time in the regular season their alternate black jerseys.

— The Big Red Rage will be tape delayed on Sports 620 KTAR tonight because of the Suns broadcast, but it will be live at Marjerle’s at Chandler mall beginning at 6 p.m. as usual. Adrian Wilson’s guest will be Branch.


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