Captains named and getting healthier

Posted by Darren Urban on September 8, 2011 – 2:12 pm

The news that many seemed to be (anxiously) awaiting has been revealed: Team captains were announced Thursday, with mostly repeats. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and center Lyle Sendlein were named on offense for the second straight year. Kicker Jay Feely gets the nod on special teams. And on defense, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and safety Adrian Wilson were joined this year by a surprise — linebacker Paris Lenon. It shows the respect Lenon has in the locker room, since the captains are voted on by the players.

(UPDATE: You can read more about the captains choices right here.)

Injury-wise, the Cards are in good shape. Only two players failed to practice fully: tight end Jim Dray, who sat out with his pectoral strain, and cornerback Michael Adams, who remains limited after knee surgery. The Panthers did downgrade star linebacker Jon Beason to DNP as he continues to battle a bad ankle.

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17 Responses to “Captains named and getting healthier”

  1. By Michael on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Is it common in the league to name 6 players from one team as captain?

    It seems to me that having 10% of your roster a captain would diminish the honor a bit.

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Michael —

    RE: Captains

    Most teams have four or five at least.

  3. By joe again on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Throughout the whole pre-season, its easy to get overly focused on all the little details. Yeah, the small things are fun to analyse (thats what its about) but now just before the season starts, its a good time to take two steps back and take a look at the big picture.

    To make the playoffs, youve got to win your division, and despite what some real idiot sports writers are forcasting, the West will probably go to either the Cards or the Rams. But the Rams play a tougher schedule, so with all else being equal, to me it looks like our season might basically boil down to the two head-to-head games we play against the Rams, becuz between division rivals, those games count double in the standings.

    It will be real interesting, too, since the Cards play those two games vs StL within a three week period. Of course, who knows (predictions are mostly a bunch of crap, anyway) but I do think those two games loom large.

  4. By Scharf on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply


    I don’t believe it diminishes the honor the least bit. There are 53 men on this roster, and you will only see 11 of these players at any given time on the field. So it makes sense that on offense you have a few captains as well as on defense.

  5. By D on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Cards LB’s better be in position and ready for alot of running by the panthers…no reason for them to pass on first or second downs…

  6. By tom on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    how did kolb not get capitain over sendlein! when uyou get a new qb you want to make him feel valued and making him capitain would have been the best choice…

  7. By Boondock on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    @ Tom

    Make the guy earn it. He should feel valued enough by the amount we gave up to get him AND the huge contract he received.

  8. By DontTakeLoses on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Paris. Love, admire what he brings, and his teammates do as well. Lets roll!

    Btw, Rodgers sure is good, but we can get him…

  9. By B on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    How come the Cardinals forum is the worst of all NFL team forums?

  10. By Skiptim on Sep 8, 2011 | Reply

    Darren –

    What’s with the Fitzgerald poll? Why not something more like 900-1100, 1101-1300, 1301-1500?

  11. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Skiptim —

    RE: Poll

    Does it really bother you to have more options?

  12. By D on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Wow-those two teams last night are way above the rest of the NFC…Cards need to get some pass rushers for next year if they want to get past the packers in the playoffs…have to get pressure on Rogers or Brees….only good thing from that game last night, we sure are happy the Rams didn’t sign Sproles this offseason…he is electric..

  13. By Ditship on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Lenon. The rest of the guys aren’t much of a surprise.

  14. By drummer-1 on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    @ B….

    I like the forum, maybe it’s just you…

  15. By Kris from Cali on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Last year, I remember watching the Cardinals play about half way into the season and amongst every tackle there was number 51. The next game same thing. Paris Lenon had an amazing season yet he is not one that catches your eye right away. With the hype of Dockett and Porter you miss out on those who are low key. I was fortunate enough to meet Paris Lenon last year and even with him being short on words you could appreciate his dedication to this game. I wish we had more players like Paris, who go out, do their job, play hard and are humbled when they are awarded the honor of being Captain. Good Luck Paris, GO CARDS!

  16. By Skiptim on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren –

    No, I don’t care about that many options. What I’m saying is that most people will choose 1,000-1,500, since he usually gets 1,000 but hasn’t topped 1,500. A poll with several options in the 1,000-1,500 range would better display if people think he will have another sub-1,200 year, or get past that and back to 1,400. Do you see what I’m talking about?

  17. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Skiptim —

    RE: Options

    Yes. I will pass it on to the one posting the polls.

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