Campbell active, Ryan Williams sits

Posted by Darren Urban on September 8, 2013 – 11:52 am

In what isn’t a surprise, running back Ryan Williams is indeed inactive today for the Cardinals. You figured one of the backs would be down. Since there is special teams aspects to the other guys, Williams was a natural choice. Defensive end Calais Campbell (quad) is active. In fact, tight end Rob Housler (ankle) is the only inactive based on an injury. Another interesting move: Bruce Arians has kept all three quarterbacks, including Ryan Lindley, active today.

Eight offensive linemen are active, but all three backups can give multiple looks: Nate Potter can play G/T, Mike Gibson can play C/G and newcomer Bradley Sowell not only could play T but also blocking TE. Jim Dray is the lone starting tight end. Andre Roberts will be a third starting wide receiver.

The other first-week inactives for the Cardinals:

— CB Jamell Fleming

— LB Alex Okafor

— DT Alameda Ta’amu

— T Bobby Massie

— G Earl Watford

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32 Responses to “Campbell active, Ryan Williams sits”

  1. By Chuck 1 on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Isn’t the fact that Massie is inactive a statement?

  2. By ored on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    just looking over the list of inactives,not disagreeing with it but imo they could be a force with some more seasoning.nice to know exactly the quality we have still in the wings so to speak,high hopes for this team going forward,good mix of vets,some with years still left in the tank and mucho upside with young players.just keep drafting quality and secure our line,qb,and ground game and we’ll be flying high.

  3. By Chris B on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Not good news for Fleming.

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

    Chris B —

    RE: Fleming

    One of those DBs was going to be inactive. Obvious choice.

  5. By LG on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Levi brown got too do better

  6. By LG on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    def need too tackle better

  7. By Dr. G. on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Well, now we know what many of us still thought…. Levi Brown is a liability to Carson Palmer’s health. He’s gotten beat multiple times so badly on the first drive of this Ram’s game, I can’t believe it! He took the Cards out of field goal range with another “SACK.” I mentioned before that Levi needs a TE back there to help keep Palmer vertical today. Levi needs to move inside or ^%$@#$%^%… I don’t really want to finish that statement….. Go Cards….. We will win despite this frivolity!!!

  8. By LG on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Dam feely

  9. By LG on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    In this game today Levi sucks

  10. By truths4all on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    BA assures everyone that Levi Brown is an ELITE Left Tackle.

    What will BA say after Levi Brown costs the Cards this game because clearly Levi Brown cannot protect Palmer’s blind side.

    Oops, there goes another hit and FUMBLE courtesy of Levi Brown, BA’s Elite Left Tackle.

    Really hard to win when you do not play your best players and keep playing a player who has proven he cannot meet the job’s performance standards.

  11. By C.M PUNK on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply


  12. By Darren Urban on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    CM Punk —

    RE: Word

    You are banned, and you know what for. Take that garbage somewhere else.

  13. By LG on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    i don’t even want to talk about this BS Todd Bowls need to get his s**t right

  14. By johnnybluenose on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    a game that could have gone either way. but, if not for a nice hustle play by honey badger and a touchdown by dan williams, we could have been out of this game early. palmer, fitz, floyd and, especially roberts, all played well. defense was ordinary at best. feely’s miss was huge. and no return game at all. 15 more games to go. let’s move on.

  15. By cert 33 on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Levi Brown needs to be waiver or put on the practice squad.

  16. By scott023 on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Well this lose was all B.A.’s fault. Brown beaten over and over, and B.A. gives no help? The play calling was terrible, run at the worst times when we needed long yardage? It’s like whiz was calling the plays. Dr.G. was right about Brown. B.A. who ever you let make the play calling, fire them, plain terrible. Please don’t let your ego get in the way, get a new play caller asap!!!! I remember when Ryan was our coach he said now you have a winner in town, I knew we were in trouble then. If you blame others and not yourself, I think we are in trouble again.

  17. By georgiebird on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    This game is a case in point about the Cardinals’ defense. The Cardinals’ defense is not good. People on this site- most with very limited knowledge of football- keep talking about the “excellent” Cards’ defense.
    However, as our offense improves, our defense will be exposed even more. Last year, with our bad offense, StL would have won this game 13-3 or 16-3 because the Rams would have had no urgency to score. Today, our improved offense caused the Rams (an average offense, at best) to continue pressing for more points.
    Like the past 50 years, the Cards’ defense can’t stop the pass and the run. BA has done some good things with the team but his failure to understand history may prove to be his undoing.

  18. By tucsontim on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    After 2 years I can’t help but come back and contribute….the worst franchise in the history of professional sports has made it’s 2013 debut, Levi Brown performs as expected….does he really have photographs????…, abysmal defensive play calling , hiring a “new” GM that worked for the dysfunctional organization and did WHAT??? continued to hire Steeler cast offs, BOLDIN’s career day in SF (remember we started this season with 4 WR + 1 defensive back, LOL) , Feely’s missed FG… Oh yes let’s wait until the end of the pre season to figure out we might have a problem here…really smart!?!?!?! , Schofield starting for Seattle while we suffer Washington’s suspension, Palmer’s inability to clock the ball, Dockett (I’ve made my pay check) taking the day off, on and on and on and on…. same old Cardinals…same old Cardinals….one more time for everyone….SAME OLD CARDINALS. Bet the under, 3 wins will be a gift for the season.

  19. By Dr. G. on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    # 75 looked to be about 55 years old today… one sack, maybe, but, not all day… Yea, Feely missed a long Field goal, but the “SACKS” produced this loss…. Without those, and one errant pass, the team looked 4,000 percent better that last December!!! I am confident BA will remedy the left tackle issues….. and then we will be arockin’…. PLEASE BA!!! Put him inside where agility is not such a liability… or make some kinda change…. One bad apple can spoil the whole….you know…

  20. By cardsalltheway on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    As long as we have Levi as our LT we’ll need to keep 3 quarterbacks active. I actually thought Carson would come out of the game after the first sack Levi gave up but that’s probably because I’m so used to Kolb exiting games. For the umpteenth time, Potter is better than Levi. It ain’t gonna get any easier for Levi, next week we got Detroit Lions next week. The Lions defense had 3 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 1 fumble recovery. Good Luck Levi the Great!!!

  21. By georgiebird on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Most people were waiting for Levi to get back; now people want him gone. Against a speed rusher like Robert Quinn, Levi needs help from the TE or RB.
    A TE had an opportunity to help block Quinn and then slide out as a receiver. So until the Cards learn to help the LT (as other teams do) Levi will continue to be the Poster boy” for sacks against.

  22. By GW on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    levi brown cost the cards their first win of the season that all i got to say

  23. By georgiebird on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    The more I watch the offense, the more it becomes evident that Floyd and Larry are not the tandem that is best for our offense. Each guy has excellent qualities but neither one has the speed to open up the defense. Floyd is a good player but he wasn’t the right #1 choice for this team- unless, of course, Larry was going to be traded for our franchise QB.

  24. By fred on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    levi going to get palmer hurt we need to do something at L T he cost us the game

  25. By Andy Kw on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    This game was a nice start but there are so many changes that need to be done:
    -OT Levi Brown was just crushed today allowing 3 sacks and 1 of them being a forced fumble on Carson Palmer which inevitably led to the Ram’s game winning Field Goal. This team should start G/T Nate Potter on the left side since he did a nice job last year as a rookie.
    -K Jay Feely needs to be a kicker than can kick 50+ yard field goals. There are not that many good kickers in free agency right now but if he doesn’t improve, he will be the kicker that leaves this team. We will need a replacement for him next year.
    -There were only a few good defensive players that did well today. Tyrann Mathieu did a nice job stripping the ball from TE Jared Cook but that 38yd pass interference penalty hurt the team. Jaspar Brinkley did a nice job tackling. John Abraham provided nice pressure and I think he can be an every down linebacker.
    -Patrick Peterson, Rashad Johnson, Yeremiah Bell, and Jerraud Powers were all confused today. They need to make plays and need to improve on coverage. I expected more from Peterson.
    -The Defensive Line did not provide enough pressure. If you look throughout the game, QB Sam Bradford seemed extremely comfortable.
    -The linebacker position was okay but this team needs to be able to stop the slant routes of the Wide Receivers. There were 5-10 plays where the Rams had an open receiver on the screen pass and they gained a lot of yards.
    -Offense finally does better than the defense. The defense last year was more aggressive than the one that we saw today out of the Cardinals. The Offense today was a billion times better than last years.

  26. By Rio on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    coach loss this one, not the players, he got tight in the second half, could have done play action on first day a few times, then on the third and two ,he goes for the wheel play to a rookie on his first play in the nfl, a play that calls for great timing for bqb and back.

    why run for the first with two downs to pick up 2 yards if needed or any little short pass play.

    coach pull a wiz and try to set on lead.

    also coach your boy powers gave up the long pass play right before the field goal

  27. By Robert Harris on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply


  28. By Dieselbomb on Sep 8, 2013 | Reply

    Feely makes the Field Goal? Then it’s OT. But he muffed it. It usually comes back to bite you – and it did.

    I’m thinking we’ll have the other place kicker back on the team within the week if he’s still available. The Fact that Arians put together a Kicker’s Competition shows lack of trust.

    I really like Feely, but first game – and the game is on the line – no points for a usually easy-maker doesn’t look good considering the way Arians has been working the team.

    We went toe-to-toe. The Defense wasn’t overworked as they had been the last three seasons – they just blew some coverages and couldn’t tackle worth a darn at key times.

    I absolutely HATE ‘Come from Ahead Losses!’ We played well enough to win this game outright. Being able to close-out a win just seems near impossible for our guys these last few weeks and I don’t know why that is.

  29. By monzz on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    -darren got job re: CM PUNK

    This was coach’s first live game as HC and almost pulled it out! Several questions why keep lindley active a waste of roster space. Why all the conservative calls in 2nd half? Who is calling the plays? To me Levi isn’t a NFL caliber LT sorry but Palmer won’t last the season if Levi remains. Next week the Lions will crush the cards on the line if Levi remains. This looks like Whiz N Punt coaching all over again!!!!

  30. By Dr. G. on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    Kent Sommers said it as bluntly as anyone, “The Offensive line is responsible for this loss.” He was speaking of course of #75. I thought for sure after 2 sacks, BA would put a TE and adjust the plays to help, ‘cuz Levi just does not have the speed to block “any” good DE to the finish of the play. (I know he tries) Levi is probably a very nice man, but this is a business, and it needs to get fixed now (9/9/2013) before Palmer starts flinching. I know BA had the lights come on about this…all over the Media, national as well…. Palmer has proven to be a tough guy, but we need him healthy. Any young strong LT can be a better blocker…maybe help with a TE…. Palmer will start flinching if this doesn’t get fixed. This team is for real…. Holding, Jumping off sides, QB Hurries, Stripped from behind, Sacks…..not parts of the BA formula… I give him a Mulligan for this one…. Watch for changes… G’day fans…. It will be better…We don’t want this to become an embarrassment… Darren, please follow what BA does on this and let the fans know… Thanks…..

  31. By Dr. G. on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    One more and I finish my rant for the day…. What’s up with running the ball from the end zone? …and fair catch at the 4 yd line? Let the ball go into the end zone!!! A good athlete with no cerebral strategy equals disaster usually… Arenas tried his best to be PP or Usain Bolt yesterday… I saw only one post regarding the return game… … This is indeed embarrassing ‘cuz many parts of the team were hitting on all cylinders… Now, to the Lions…. gotta show some stuff!!!! Be well….

  32. By clssylssy on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    It’s wonderful to have such a wealth of knowledgeable fans in our midst, I always wonder why they are wasting their expertise just coaching from their armchairs and aren’t working for the NFL? The Rams were favored in this, their home opener (counts for a lot) and while the Cards had their mistakes so did most of the other teams this week including Denver who had a really ugly first half before the Ravens took each other out of play (ARG!). The Ravens, Packers, and Falcons also lost their season opener so, I guess, we are in good company if we can learn from our mistakes and make adjustments. The Cards run game was light years better than it has been since forever and our defense showed moments of hope courtesy of some young players still enthusiastic and as yet unjaded. The Offensive Line was identified as the MAJOR area needing improvement all last season, which was ignored by the front office during the draft and free agency. So, if it’s the blame game fans want to play, then blame should go where it belongs, which is higher up the food chain than singling out one or two players and the coaches. Next week we will be at home facing a much improved Lions Team that we beat late last season and I only hope we can learn from our mistakes with the Rams, and reclaims some of the enthusiasm that was present in the first half of this first game. Even the sportscasters, who are not normally complimentary to the Cards, recognize the wealth of talent that is on this team so it will be a matter of knowing how to capitalize on our strengths to minimize our weaknesses. Last year, the team became demoralized after we started off so good and then began having losses largely because of injuries The uproar of constant criticism from “the extra man” couldn’t have helped either. It’s only one game and a new year…GO CARDS! ….Out of the ashes, etc…LOL!

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