Post-OTA talk from Arians

Posted by Darren Urban on June 3, 2013 – 1:46 pm

With the Cardinals returning to the field today, a few quick notes after coach Bruce Arians spoke to the media:

— He was asked about the health of rookie wide receiver Ryan Swope, who was not out there practicing. Teammate Larry Fitzgerald had said in a Sirius NFL radio interview that Swope had been out because of concussion-related issues. Arians did not get specific. “There’s nothing really to report,” Arians said. “We don’t have injury reports this time of year.” Asked if he was concerned about Swope, Arians said “He’ll be fine.”

— Arians was happy with the work after the team had a week off. “I expected it to be sloppier,” Arians said.

— Cornerback Patrick Peterson has missed the last nine days because of family issues, Arians said. Cornerbacks Jerraud Powers and Antoine Cason were also working on the side. Tight end Jeff King was limited as he rehabs his knee.

— Tackle Levi Brown was taking part in the work for the first time as he returns from his triceps injury. Arians said he was limited but he looked good in his reps.

— Rookie guard Jonathan Cooper is working with the first unit, which isn’t a surprise. As for his progress, “he’s getting so many reps he can’t help but but improve,” Arians said.

— Special teams coach Amos Jones was absent because his father passed away.

— Rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu made an interception that Arians was willing to call a Pick-6. (Since no one can tackle, you never really know.)


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14 Responses to “Post-OTA talk from Arians”

  1. By D on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Did the 4th round draft picks sign deals yet?

  2. By Darren Urban on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    D —

    RE: 4th rounders

    Not yet.

  3. By G Witt on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    I hope Ryan Swope doesn’t risk his health just to be in the NFL. Concussions aren’t something to be ignored.

  4. By Andy Kw on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Dan Williams might get the first sack of his career this season.

  5. By EricB on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply


    You said Powers and Cason were working on the side. Were they not running with the first team then? Who was?

  6. By Darren Urban on Jun 4, 2013 | Reply

    EricB —

    RE: On the side

    On the side is out of practice. Obviously dealing with some sort of minor injury. With them and Peterson out, running with the first team doesn’t really matter much (but it was Arenas and Bethel).

  7. By rod on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Any idea why Coop hasn’t been signed yet?

  8. By Darren Urban on Jun 4, 2013 | Reply

    Rod —

    RE: Cooper signed

    Nope. But it’s not a big deal.

  9. By rod on Jun 4, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for the reply.

  10. By Cards4Ever on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    If you listen to the audio, Coach Arians does not sound confident at all when he says Swoop will be fine. How can dude have concussion symptoms and he wasnt hit. That first hit in the NFL could be his last, is it really worth it?

  11. By sbrown on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Cooper has not signed his contract yet. now after June 1st cuts, Cards at 10.8 mil under the cap. Should not be an issue of money, just the FO working with the agents to get the papers right and signed.

  12. By rdixon50 on Jun 4, 2013 | Reply

    Can’t wait to see 32 get a few pick-sixes this year!

  13. By Ditship on Jun 4, 2013 | Reply

    I wouldn’t be in a huge hurry to get Swope on the field (like any time this year and maybe ever). I couldn’t believe we got this guy when we did but now it’s making a whole lot more sense. At the spot we took him it was worth the chance. We’ll see what happens. Sad though and I’m realy not expecting much of anything from him this season.

  14. By Eazy E on Jun 5, 2013 | Reply

    Honey Badger already contributing even in practice.

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