Campbell, Roberts inactive, as is Heap

Posted by Darren Urban on December 2, 2012 – 9:37 am

Defensive end Calais Campbell (calf) and wide receiver Andre Roberts (ankle) both are inactive today. So too is tight end Todd Heap, who has recovered from his knee injury but apparently isn’t in the Cards’ plans unless there is an injury to another tight end. With Roberts out — and he is, not Larry Fitzgerald, leading the team in yards receiving and receiving touchdowns — that means rookie Michael Floyd will get his first start. David Carter will start in Campbell’s place.

The rest of the inactive list isn’t a surprise:

— QB Kevin Kolb (ribs)

— G Senio Kelemete

— T Pat McQuistan

— RB Alfonso Smith

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57 Responses to “Campbell, Roberts inactive, as is Heap”

  1. By Patches O'Houlihan on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hardly a day goes by where the comedy coming out of the Cardinals soap opera doesn’t get better. We have The Grim Heaper right on schedule injured in week 2, then he’s “questionable” every week for several weeks, he gets called out by players and Whis, then right on schedule again the Heaper is ready to go when the games no longer matter. But here’s the fun part, the guy who was so dang critical to getting this mess back on track is inactive once he’s finally deemed himself ready to retire the goofing off and eating sunflower seeds on the sidelines and suit up for duty.

    Stop the insanity. Graves and Whis have to go, Mikey needs to hire a real football guy to run the show and reduce himself to a check signer. Now I’m concerned Mikey is Jerry Jones lite, a non-football guy thinking he’s a football guy. Mikey, just put on a nice suit, get yourself some arm candy and watch the games from the comfort of your suite, interrupting your enjoyment only long enough to sign the latest check presented to you by the football guy. Until that day comes, this mess is same old Cardinals all the way, only with a shinier coat of paint and a much bigger price tag to drive out to Glentucky and watch.

  2. By Red cards on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Omg I can’t wait till whizzy boy is gone put John in yoU stubborn jerk

  3. By DanishCard on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t agree more. The D is finally a top 5 unit and the offense is worst in the league.

  4. By Todd on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Horton is the only good coach on the team. Fire whiz and his pathetic play calling and offense

  5. By Red cards on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    The only good thing about the loss we are fixin to get is Kenny’s butt getting kicked out of town

  6. By Andy Kw on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t understand by starting Ryan Lindley is an effort to win now. Skelton is better than he is.

  7. By Andy Kw on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    I WANT JOHN SKELTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ryan Lindley has done nothing but bad things to this team so far. At least when John Skelton is in, he is able to move the offense more than Lindley can. Ever since our changes to the O-Line, John Skelton has not been put back into the lineup. Skelton struggled when Batiste was in and he never really had a chance to be on the much improved O-Line. Skelton is the effort to win, Lindley is the effort to lose. He is not NFL ready but Skelton is. You have to admit that Skelton was put in when the O-Line was doing terrible and he was pulled out against a good pass blocking defense (Atlanta). We lost against the Falcons and Rams because of Ryan Lindley. John Skelton could have easily gotten the ball to Fitzgerald against the Rams and we could have been 6-5 right now.

  8. By gw on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    This is the best comedy i’ve seen on tv all year and should be nominated for a EMMY.

  9. By Andy Kw on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    I am going to cry because of the fact that when John Skelton struggled in the 1st Quarter of Atlanta, he was pulled out. Lindley is struggling completely and he is not being replaced. That is unfair to a player and that is by far the worst thing I have ever seen by an NFL head coach.

  10. By rodgerscromartie17 on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    what ever happened to campbell being ready to play? wtf and heap to? what is going on with this sh1t!

  11. By rodgerscromartie17 on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    63 total yards offense is embarrasing when u have 3 picks in the first half

  12. By Red cards on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    How can kin say he wants to win even my dumb butt can see lindy is not getting it done

  13. By suspence716 on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t wait for lindley to throw a pick six and watch the cards lose 6 to3 !!!!!! Why whiz why?!?!?!?!?!

  14. By Red cards on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Its time to get the pitchforks out and run Kenny boy out of town

  15. By bill on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply


    Please, please, please don’t listen to us angry fans. Stick to your stubborn way, and keep tanking the game with Ryan Lindley. We need you gone this season so we have a chance in hell to keep the only positive thing about this coaching staff, Ray Horton as HC.

    I have complete faith in you, come on, i know you can do it.

  16. By brom on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    The jets even has enough sense to change QBs. What is Whiz waiting for?

    Is Bartell active? He’s done much better than Lindley and he’s also got experience.

    Three picks and nothing. You have to make adjustments if you get these results. Skelton isn’t this bad.

  17. By Goodz in PHX 17 on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Our pass D is too good for the offense to struggle this bad

  18. By brom on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    The saddest thing is the fact the Cards had too many opportunities to put the game away with three picks. Whiz is now reduced to limiting Lindley to minimum yard passes because he’s afraid of what might happen. If that doesn’t influence you to make a QB change, then you are being stubborn. The only sense I can make of this strategy is desperation or giving up.

  19. By brom on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    How many chances will Lindley get to miss Fitz? I believe Skelton only had one.

  20. By Eric Y on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Whiz has lost me as a fan. It’s 3:30 am here in Thailand and I stayed up for this garbage?!!!! Lindley sucks! “Best opportunity to win” my ass! Put Skelton in NOW!

  21. By brom on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Even the commentator is suggesting a QB change. What does it take for Whiz to get it?

  22. By Red cards on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Ken such a stubborn jerk even the announcers are calling for John Skelton

  23. By Goodz in PHX 17 on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Haha…wow. Why would wiz not put skelton in? terrible loss

  24. By NJAzCardsFan on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    I never thought I would say this:

    It apparent that the Cardinals Coaches and Management have given up on this season….

    So have I…..

    It is not worth my time to watch this ugly debactle any more. What a waste of a good defense. This team has some serious issues and they start at the top and flow down hill.

    See ya’ all next year in April.

  25. By bill on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    That a boy Kenny. I knew i could count on you. Great Job. One step closer to making Ray Horton the HC.

  26. By Eric Y on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Andy Reid,
    Please come to AZ.

  27. By dan on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Another absolute embarrassment………..SAME OLD CARDINALS! Pretty soon Coach Cheese Whiz will get fired, or should be fired. I mean c’mon, Coach Cheese Whiz made his living off being an OFFENSIVE GENIUS in Pittsburgh but can’t even get a 1st down without KURT WARNER. Players make the coaches look good. Coach Whiz should thank Warner for his big contract the Cardinals blew on him.

  28. By Andy Kw on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Larry Fitzgerald, go to Washington. I’m not a Cardinals fan anymore. I live the D.C area so i’m going RG3 style. Bye bye Lindley and Whisenhunt, hello RG3 and Shanahan. I’m still a huge fan of Fitzgerald, Sendlein, Kolb, Skelton, and the defense. I’m just not a Cardinals fan anymore.

  29. By lg on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    a need for a real QB not no rookie def was great as always but eveything thing else sucked a** whiz got to do better real talk

  30. By Eric Y on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Whiz, Maybe Gambo will pack your bags for you. 🙂

  31. By BIG RED on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    It’s time for a new coach!!!!!!! and to think that I was a Whiz fan, but it’s time to say good-bye. While your at it take kolb and lindley with you. Adios amigos!!!!

  32. By CardFanInGB on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    i was about to post that I can not believe how stubborn Whiz in in sticking with Lindley…………. but apparently I am not the only one who sees the obvious. He is being RIDICULOUS. If Lindley would have shown ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING the last 2 weeks I could see sticking with him, but he has been awful.

    Whiz pride has cost a chance to win the past 3 weeks and something needs to change. He either needs to swallow it or he needs to go. The whole team is suffering. Skelton is not great………. but he could have gotten us more than 6 points today. Period.

  33. By Brandon M on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Whiz needs to go. Mike Miller needs to go. Russ Grimm needs to go. Horton needs to be promoted. We should pick up Alex Smith when 49ers drop him they taking him for granted.

  34. By Mark on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    How again does Ryan Lindley give the Cardinals the best chance to win?

  35. By brad oneill on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    skelton misses a throw and is pulled, Lindley misses the game and is still calling the plays. Is whiz just bitter at being done and wants to ruin a career or two before he is gone?

  36. By johnnybluenose on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    judging by a lot of recent comments it’s safe to say that some people are angry at the way this season has gone. that’s good. for awhile i thought i was the only one. graves and especially whiz have zero credibility. but the players deserve some blame too. a lot of them are good talkers but i don’t see a lot of hustle or leadership out there. and it will not get better anytime soon. we are nowhere, man.

  37. By BIG RED on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Just plain pathetic, feel sorry for the defensive players.

  38. By brad oneill on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    the thing that is most frustrating is even if we dont win another game its still likely we could wait until 10th to pick in the draft.

  39. By BIG RED on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    What an idiot of a coach, he should have played John Skelton he played his college ball in NY. He had something to prove and he probably felt at home.

  40. By gw on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    to all cards fan we need to BOYCOTT this site,live games & tv stop giving support to this losing organization until they make changes showing the fans they wan to win (no offense to darren) but we need to BOYCOTT everything that has to do with the cards. this team is a big joke LET’S HIT THEM WHERE IT’S HURTS! BOYCOTT

  41. By Milt Walker on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    We are wondering what to do with our Club Level Season Tickets. I am empbarassed to admit to being a season ticket holder. Last week we had 4 of our Employees from Canada attend the game as our Guests. I am very glad they did not see this debacle today. In all my years of watching football in Canada and the US this tops the list in “subborn indiferrence by Coach.

  42. By georgiebird on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    And Skelton is only 15 months older than Lindley- and he is so much better than Lindley. And JS was going back to his college stomping grounds and Whiz could’t play him in the 2nd half-how cruel can one get..
    Whiz is jutting out the old jaw and proving a point- the only good thing is that these losses go on Whiz’ permanent record- to be viewed down thru the ages.
    Cards could have won these last three games very easily- and the record would now be 7-5. And, in turn, he has destroyed Lindley’s football career.
    For what Whiz has done to the team and the fans, his next twenty miserable games with the Cardinals should last an eternity for him.
    And a loud BOO to the enabler in this tragicomedy- Michael Bidwill, a chip off the old block.

  43. By Patrick on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    There has to be more to not playing John Skelton. Is there an incident that happened? It seems like Skelton is being disciplined. It just does not seem like our goal is to win now! Atlanta, St. Louis and Jets were all winnable games. Put the pride aside, and do what seems like common sense. I personally would like Todd Haley as the next coach.

  44. By rufus on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Just awful coaching by Whiz. If he really wanted improvements on offense and to win this game, he would have put Skelton in. But no, he can’t because he needs to hold players accountable. So leave Lindley in to prove why we was 6th round draft pick. He continues to play miserably but is not held accountable. This circus needs to end.

  45. By Rick Von on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    What a joke this offense is. Wussenhunt has to be fired. Wasn’t he supposed to be an offensive minded coach. He got lucky with Warner. Warner made up for a lot of deficiencies.

  46. By G. Witt on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    How embarrassing was that game, 6 points!!!!!!!!!!! REALLY??????????? Well we now know for sure what Ryan CAN & CAN’T DO. NOT MUCH REALLY.
    I sure hope the Cardinals do something positive in the off season and draft. EVEN THE RAMS BEAT THE 49’ers TODAY!!!!!!!
    At first I really didn’t think Kolb was a really good QB. I changed my mind then he was injured. I’ll take him anyday over the other two.

  47. By scott023 on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    This has always been my team all of my life. I am not surprised at this spot we are in. Mr. Mike Bidwell has stepped up to the plate and opened the wallet and did his part. Then Mr. Graves and Mr. Whiz failed us. They felt we did not need a real offensive cord. They gave themselves a very nice raise, and felt the water boy could be the offensive cord and that coach whiz would take time away from doing his job and help Mr. Millier do his. We don’t deserve a real o.c. . Hey when he fails I can blame him and only if I have to then I will blame Mr. Grimm. He has not done his job the last few years either. When our qb go three and out they go stand on the side lines and watch the other team. However, when the other team goes three and out their coach is going over the pictures of the plays. We are the only team that don’t need the help. I can not blame the qb’s, who is going to help them? This sounds terrible and it is and it is the truth. You may have noticed I did not talk about Mr. Horton, that is because he is doing his job. Thank You coach Horton.

  48. By GMAN on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply


    It’s not fair that the defense has to put up Whisenhunt’s decision to keep Lindley in instead of letting Skelton play! It’s not fair to us fans either. Ken should be fired now and Ray should take over.

  49. By Bob Boise on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    MCQ is the only backup right guard and tackle and is inactive???? Give him a chance and bench Massie. New coaches are needed ASAP.

  50. By Bob Boise on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    New Offensive strategy..punt on first down. You don’t need a starting QB. Maybe the DEF or special teams can score a few points…and just think how much money you would save.

  51. By Cody Zarr on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Can we pretty please bring Mr. Skelton off the bench?

  52. By horned frog on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    If I hear someone describe Lindely’s potential one more time by describing his arm strength, I’m going to puke. Size, arm strength and IQ neither confirm nor deny whether or not someone can play the position. Sure some attributes will always have value, but they aren’t necessary, just details. A couple more performances like this and LIndley’s going to be downgraded to the simple reality that he can’t play in this league. The Cardinals clearly cannot evaluate/develop qb talent. Lindley had more experience than any other qb in the draft this year, so don’t give me the excuse, he needs more experience. For the amount he has, he shouldn’t step in and look so inept. Reality is, this league is a pathetic business model. Coach McKay from Tampa Bay said it best, “If you have everyone back from a team that lost ten games, then experience isn’t too important.” I don’t think Wiz is a bad coach, just a bad head coach. Competent coaches can win with great players, but they get exposed when they have to rebuild. Wiz has been exposed. Great offensive mind, bad head coach, and thats ok, lets just move on and not make this mistake again. Trying to be rational about this.

  53. By chiefy on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply


  54. By Scott H on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you, Jets, for preventing a useless, meaningless win that would just screw up our chances at a higher dtaft pick. We got nothing but losses in front of us and I am glad.

    I think coach Whiz and many of his staff can start planning for next season – by putting their houses up for sale. Start packing those bags, boys.

    Speaking of next season, I would LOVE to see Norv Turner here as our O-coordinator. He is definitely done as a head coach, and rightly so. But as an O-coordinator, he is among the best in the league and he is just what this team needs. Now, if HE is looking for a house in the area, there should be plenty available in about a month or so…

  55. By Credit Card on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    ” I was thinking about putting Skelton in, but decided that keeping Lindley in, gave us the best chance to win.” Pardon me, when the offense was 0-10 in third down situations didn’t you think enough was enough. The Cards finished 0-15 in third down situations.

    “We did few things right, and we’ll be building upon them” I guess, they laced their shoes right. Other than that — it was a nightmare.

    Why have Fitzgerald? Why did you draft WR in the 1st round with the pathetic QB performance by Lindley. Who drafted Lindley, and why. The guy was a 60% passer in San Diego, in a league known for poor defenses. He was also known to be an irratic passer. What qualities appealed to the staff with a guy like this?

  56. By Chuck 1 on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    Scott H,

    I wouldn’t mind if the Cards finished 4-12 to get a high draft pick.
    HOWEVER, I don’t believe that they would use a high draft pick wisely e. g. instead of drafting players who they need on offense e.g. a QB or OL, they would probably draft a RB or WR, or a defensive player.


    Your suggestion of a BOYCOTT is spot on. Maybe you should organize it.

    Milt Walker,

    Don’t wonder anymore about what to do with your season tickets. Let them go. Why pad the Bidwills’ wallets?

  57. By Matt on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Well here is the reason I think they are not putting Skelton in is because skelton gives them a chance to win they are looking at the season as gone already or ken is just that stubborn so idk I just feel really bad for Larry

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