Butler done for season, Talley brought up

Posted by Darren Urban on September 20, 2011 – 12:56 pm

As expected, the season for cornerback Crezdon Butler is over. Butler dislocated his ankle last week at practice, and the Cardinals put him on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season. To fill Butler’s roster spot, the Cardinals are bringing back defensive lineman Ronald Talley from the practice squad. Talley’s practice squad is expected to be filled by Wednesday.

The Cardinals did make a practice squad move Tuesday, however, signing former Viking receiver (and close friend of Larry Fitzgerald) Jaymar Johnson, while releasing wide receiver Brandyn Harvey.

Butler did play on special teams in the opener but the health of veteran Michael Adams likely meant it would have been tougher for him to find the field. The Cardinals probably were overstaffed at defensive back as well, given the presence of fellow waiver-wire acquisition Korey Lindsey.

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  1. By Paul H on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    49ers visit a improved Bengal’s team. Winless Rams play a mad Raven team. Both of these teams have a good chance to lose next week We play winless Seattle. Great chance this week to get some separation in the NFL West. As Paul Calvisi would say, this is a Big Big game.
    Not to be over dramatic but we must win this game. We may need winning this game as an insurance for later in the season. We have a hard stretch of games ourselves coming up and we need to pounce of a struggling Seahawk team. Sounds silly, but I think this team needs to look at this game as a playoff game. It’s that BIG. Hope the guys treat it that way.

  2. By Bsg on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply


  3. By reap37 on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Completely agree with Paul H. Go Cards and put it all together!

  4. By John on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    any update on some injury situations like Washington and LSH?

  5. By Darren Urban on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    John —

    RE: Injury updates

    You guys should know by now that won’t happen until Wednesday after practice.

  6. By Dynosoar on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    OK so I’m an eternal optimist. I wanted the win, we all did. With that, here’s my observations from weeks one and two.

    After a week of hearing how bad the Cardinals secondary was (after all, they gave up 422 yards to a rookie QB, right?) that same rookie QB torched the analyst’s darling team of Green Bay for 432 yards and unlike our coaching staff in week one, GB had our tape to prepare against Newton’s high flying offense; (with all the passing from Cam, there had to be some running, so my run on sentence here was both deliberate and appropriate, besides, commas are free.)

    Next. In our first week we allowed 422 yards passing, our second game, only 264. That’s a 37% improvement. We also had two interceptions (I recall only one against Carolina), a blocked punt, a stop on a two point conversion and we allowed only one more point than week one. Our defense has done better. Our points scored vs. points allowed, 49-43.

    On offense we had two Tight end touchdowns in two weeks. When was the last time that happened? Kevin Kolb threw several huge passes in two weeks on a blitz pickup. Beanie’s averaging over 5.5 yards and 6.5 yards in both games respectively. What about a 73 yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald? Sweet!

    With everyone else, I’d like to see better pass protection from our O-line, but look at the rushing lanes that same O-line is giving Beanie, lanes we haven’t seen in years. We don’t have all the improvement we want (pass protection), but we have definite improvement.

    We’re in the cake part of the schedule and we don’t want Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Philadelphia to see all our game on tape.

    Indy, here we come!

  7. By justn on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    agree 100% This game needs to be Cards time to shine the impact of a good win will roll with them into week 8 in Baltimore!!!! 6-1 Cards!! Its going to Happen just watch and see….

  8. By mark on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    hey darren,

    Ive been a arizona cardinal fans my whole life and i cant take it anymore darren every week after we lose its the SAME excuses from all the coaches and players.. i.e. “we got alot of things to FIX “or “somebody BLEW A COVERAGE assignment…I mean for crying out loud these athletes are getting paid MILLIONSto be PROFESSIONALS and all they seem to be good at is allowing others teams to either stay in the game or come back from losing and not to mention BLOWING ASSIGNMENT..And darren i understand its the “NFL “and things are eaiser said then done, and of course a summer with no off season can be to blame..But lets be honest most of these guys have been playing ball since pop warner and football isnt neccisarrily rocket science so for these professional atheles it should be easy..RIGHT..? NOPE NOT FOR MY AZ CARDINALS they still manage to put the same poor product of cornerbacks out on the field time after time year after year..Meanwhile all the other great teams manage to figure “IT”out except US… when is someone going to hold coach wisenhunt accountable for week in and week out when he puts such a horrible product on cornerback.. We can’t expect the offense to WIN every game or to keep the other teams offense off the field cus we are not the PATRIOTS ..So i geuss what im asking you darren is when are the cardinals gonna learn to put all the right pieces together.offensivley the line seems to still be a MONSTER PROBLEM that again has been an issue for as long as ive been a fan which is 22 years like seriousley they gotta do something about that!!…


  9. By TucsonTim on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Speed kills, Horton put those young guys at OLB and get on with it. The Giants lose practically their whole defense to injuries, grab fans out of the stands (fast fans!) and still find ways to win. Let’s go. The schedule isn’t going to get any easier.

  10. By justn on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Cards have done great first two games, considering the green level of this team to have their numbers is GREAT, right on track. 16th total offense, 12th in passing 19th in rush. Defense has hiccups but we not the worse, and long time fans know all about that “Mark” so chill and let it come, enjoy some exciting games. The two games already played have been very ENTERTAINING, probably in the top 10 games of the season so far. Also kevin kolb 5th in QB’s Wow!!! Thats what we cried about all last year and now we got the QB but still beating the team down, lets give the team and coaches room to build this New Empire and stop buying into what the media is saying about cards, theyve always picked at Red. Thats why real cardinal fans love it cuz we love watching terry, howie, and the other dwarfs “eat hats”!!!

  11. By john on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hey darren,

    Any news on a new signing to the practice squadk? I forgot the name but he is a 5th rd pick safety from appalachian state. What i read was he has good size, speed, and hits like a monstera! Not to mention the 22 Interceptions he had in college which is some sort of record. Any truth to this?

  12. By Card for life on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Cards dont have the talent for a 3-4 defense. We need to go with a 4-3. Linebacker play is deplorable. Washington is talented. Safeties cant cover tight ends and neither can our outside backers. Hope Horton wakes up. We really miss Dansby. He could rush and cover middle of field. Like last year we are way under the salary cap. Need to land a stud backer and end next year. No more excuses or covering up the defensive needs. Just speaking the truth. Things wont improve this year on defense. I know what everyone will say “only two games” but it is not it is years with different defensive coache.

  13. By AndyStandsUp on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Wasn’t paying attention to that much detail, but was Adams the punt returner gunner in place of LaRuSH?
    And is he really 5-8? much like Max Hall last season, I’m guessing considerably shorter.

  14. By Chuck 1 on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply


    You’re putting most of the blame on Whiz and the players.

    I think that most of the blame should be on Rod Graves’ shoulders. He’s the one that is ultimately responsible for selecting the roster.

    I think that it’s apparent that the current group of players don’t have the talent to successfully compete against the better teams e.g. this team lacks pass rushing LBs, pass protecting Offensive Linemen, safeties and a pin-the-opposition-inside-the-ten-yard-line punter (just to name a few deficiencies).

    Until the Cards hire a GM that makes better decisions with signing better FAs (not over-the-hill ex-AFC Central players), draft choices and re-signing productive Card players, the Cards will be a mediocre team (Super Bowl year being an exception with Haley, Warner, Boldin etc.).

  15. By J-BIRD on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Paul H. You make an excellent, excellent point. This game is the game we need. It’s also a good oppertunity to get better in some areas, and I think they will. Although I do have to agree with Mark too that coaches seam to make the same excuses after every loss. Honestly tho, I just think we are going about this defense thing the wrong way. Sure it may just be due to a whole new defensive scheme, and no offseason to work on it, but do we really have the personel to run this Defense? I think so, take for example Adrian Wilson. I love the guy, but he is terrible at pass coverage. He is much better in the box acting somewhat as a linebacker. Having said that, I personally think this paticular “Fire Zone Defense” would be better ran from a 4-3 set instead of a 3-4, that’s for “This Group” of players. I know the Steelers have been succesful with it in a 3-4, but that’s “Steeler Football” We need to quit trying to be like the Steelers, and establish a new identity of “Cardinal Football”

  16. By NATE on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply


  17. By mark on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply


    I understand what your saying about the offense my question wasnt the OFFENSE except the O line but EVERYONE know s that ourO line isn’t the best..but to be honest with the 2 pro bowl tight ends we have and benie wells , kevin kolb ,and lets not forget the AMAZING FITZGERALD defenses have there hands full with doubling fitz and worrying about the other recievers like doucet, williams, and the tight ends running up the seam and have to keep 8 in the box to accomadate for Wells anything less than what the number you show on your blog would be pretty embarrassing for our offense cuz the caliber of players we have…BUT what i’m talking about is that we are continuelly putting cornerbacks that are getting beat, not recongnizing hot routes or coverage routes for that matter and just plain BLOWING ASSIGNMENTS.. AND IT IS KILLING ARE TEAM … And i dont know were you think we are on DEFENSE but we are RANK 29TH so that means only 2 teams are worse than us GREEN BAY AND NEW ENGLAND…which both have the caliber of offense to WIN games for there slack on the defensive side ….BUT WE DON’T…

  18. By Rodgerscromartie17 on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Dang thats too bad i really like what i see in Crezdon, do you think he will be around next season? I think he would be a great backup if he isnt starting material by then, what you think about it Darren?

  19. By Darren Urban on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Rodgerscromartie —

    RE: Butler

    Honestly, he was around for such a short time I have no idea what kind of player he can be. I wouldn’t rule out him coming back.

  20. By Rodgerscromartie17 on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    I think the problem with the problems in our depth is that the Cards tend to sacrifice a very important piece to fix another one, Kolb was a huge addition, but the loss of DRC was just as huge, as for WR, what were the Cards thinking when they let Steve Breaston go? And then they didnt even bring in another NO# 2 like they SHOULD have, im sorry but Andre is def not filling breastons place, just like Doucet was supposed to fill Anquans? we should have brought in a vet WR and a Vet Corner to START next to Peterson, without DRC we def need help in the secondary, we lost more than we gained this offseason

  21. By Rodgerscromartie17 on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Cardinals need to do what they should of done and bring somebody in as a NO 2 WR, Terrel Owens is still looking for a team, i dont see why not, the Eagles gave Vick a chance, the Jets gave Plaxico a chance, and they are bringing solid gameplay to the table, why cant Owens come play? thats HOF type material regardless of his personal problems, talent doesnt hurt it helps

  22. By Rodgerscromartie17 on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    Urban I know ill get flamed for that TO comment, but real talk now, how can it hurt to bring him in for the year and see how things go, i dont care how old he is, thats raw veteran talent for the taking, talent we obviously could use, completely affordable. Andre Roberts, Sampson and Stuckey and Williams dont have the EXP to be runnin with the big dogs, we let Breaston go, lets fix that hole thats still there, what do you really think about the Cards bringin Owens in for a year? and be real with me

  23. By Darren Urban on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Rodgercromartie —

    RE: TO

    OK, he’s what’s real: I really think it makes no sense to bring in an aging diva receiver who isn’t going to get the ball enough to satisfy his ego and who has the possibility of ripping up the locker room with said ego.

  24. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply


    I agree with you. Cardinal Fooball (not the Steelers West). In the coming weeks we will see what happens. All I know is the Offense had a chance to make a statement with 5 minutes remaining in the game and the coaches took it right out of their hands. Dynosoar, I like your optomism. Keep up the good work. I like reading positives about our team. Especially after a loss.

  25. By Mr. Know It All on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    The SuperBowl run featured a hybrid of both the 4-3 and 3-4, DC Clancy Pendergast had an amazing playoff run -Cards D forced double digit turnovers in 3 games then the Cards got rid of some key defenders and it was not the same- then C Pen was canned.

    DC Ray Horton will improve as the D runs the scheme he has bringing pressure- he will find a way to put players where they can thrive using their particular skill set.

    Go Cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. By Eazy E on Sep 20, 2011 | Reply

    T.O. T.O. T.O.

  27. By BIG RED on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Shut the rubber-duck up Easy-E, we don’t need problems on this team. A big CLOWN.

  28. By cards62 on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry to hear about Butler. I hope he heals well and gives it a try next year as I do Toler.

    The last I heard of TO he was in Korea doing stem cell research so I do not know how much he can help us. I wanted Teddy Ginn last year or Lee Evans this year or a couple of others but we wanted C. Stuckey.

    I think we need our TEs to catch 8 balls a game and I wish we could get Housler going as he is fast. If we can do this I think we will be okay, but if not and if TO is healthy I would take a chance on the deva later in the year. If I remember his history correctly he is normally okay for the first couple of months.

    Go Cards beat Seahawks

  29. By nodavis2000 on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    I don’t want to sound heartless or mean, but maybe you can clarify something for me. I know Butler has only been here in AZ for a week or so. He got hurt on like his first or 2nd practice. Why did the Cards put him on injured reserve instead of just waiving him and going for someone else??? I’d like to know why because I don’t know the technical/official rules of signing players. Thanks for your response, it’s always good to know the why instead of just complaining!!!

  30. By Darren Urban on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Nodavis —

    RE: Butler IR

    You cannot release a player who is injured. You can work out an injury settlement with one — give him “x” amount weeks salary, corresponding to how long it will take him to return to health, so he could play again that season. But for a season-ending injury, he can’t be cut. It’s player protection — otherwise so many guys could just be cut if they got hurt.

  31. By Stepdaddy82 on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    Let me tell you, this kids got talent…wuz lookin forward to him steppin up for the Cards (I’m a Steelers fan) BAD move by Pitt letting this kid go when its obvious that he’s better than William Gay right now!! For those Cards fans who don’t know, he had a 95 yd int for 6 in the preseason vs Atlanta…but what really catches my eye is the distance he’s at when the WR catches the ball. He’s always RIGHT THERE! Wiz knows this kids a player, you’ll see him next year. PITTSBURGH WEST!! LOL

  32. By Justin on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    Wouldnt call this a must win game for the Cardinals but it sort of is. There is no reason why we cant pick up a W in seattle this weekend considering who the 49ers and Rams are playing….take control of the division now so we arent scrapping for wins at the end of the season. DEFENSE needs to play big this weekend.

  33. By justn on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    Mark, I think are offense has that caliber, and considering how new this team is together WOW give the boys some credit. This teams has only been together less then 2 months. GB and NE have been together longer. With such a green team as the Cardinals are, people got to give them room, I read your comment and OTHERS and im like “is this week 2 or week 9, has this team lost by 20-30 even 40 points? Nope just 2. With rookies on the corners and a new def scheme i say that is impressive. Going back 5 years, these first 2 games have been the BEST Cardinals have played in week 1 and 2, so dont worry. Lets face it this year is a prototype, but just maybe the Cards can pull of a div win and a playoff win or two. If that were to happen, it would be incrediable that a young team with half new players and half new plays and half new coaches with half the amount of time can pull that off this soon. So far its been Great Games and considering all the halfs, Cards should be 0-2 with -57 in points given and earned but they’re not. What they are is tied in first and positive with points. My compalint is the penalties thats it, take half of them away and we 2-0 with double the points. Penalties is the problem.

  34. By BIG RED 83 on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply


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