Larsen active, Watford down for Steelers game

Posted by Darren Urban on October 18, 2015 – 8:27 am

Here’s a twist on today’s game: Guard Ted Larsen is active, and Earl Watford is not. We’ll see if that means anything in terms of Larsen playing, but it definitely means Bradley Sowell is now the lone backup tackle in case something happens to either Jared Veldheer or Bobby Massie.

The Cardinals remain healthy. The only injured guy who is down is linebacker Alex Okafor. Rookie wide receiver J.J.Nelson is healthy with his shoulder but the Cards are sticking with veteran Brittan Golden as their sixth receiver.

The full list:

— QB Matt Barkley

— WR J.J. Nelson

— LB Shaq Riddick

— LB Alex Okafor (calf)

— T D.J. Humphries

— T Earl Watford

— NT Xavier Williams

One final quick pre-game fact. Some had talked about Super Bowl XLIII and the history between the Cards and Steelers. But there are more players and coaches on the Cardinals now who actually won that game than lost it. That tends to tamp down any “revenge” factor.

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28 Responses to “Larsen active, Watford down for Steelers game”

  1. By cards62 on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Very interesting a healthy Watford a guy we have to try to get on the field who can play guard or tackle can not even be on our active roster. I hope this means Larsen and Sowell have improved a lot. Just very strange what do you guys think?

    70 passes last week. I just hope we do not see 70 running plays this week. I think the only way Pittsburgh can beat us is if they can run the ball on us. I worry about our run defense so very interested in watching our run defense today verses L. Bell.

    Go Cards beat Pittsburgh

  2. By LadyBird04 on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    I’d guess Larsen is in as insurance if Iupati’s back acts up. Is this the first time Spoon is active?

  3. By Darren Urban on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    LadyBird —

    RE: Spoon

    Last week was the first time he was inactive, actually.

  4. By hollywoodshepps on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    I think this has to do more with Iupati’s back injury than anything. If he has a setback during the game, Larsen can be plugged in at LG.

  5. By rod on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Yeah strange to see Watford not active.

    I don’t know who I was watching today, some crappy team from Arizona…what happened.


  6. By Dr. G. on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Well, Arians’ gambling play calling, Palmer’s ugly execution, and some help from the refs can assume all the credit for this pathetic loss. I guess all the Country Club relaxation was fun for Arians…. I know Palmer will man up…just wondering about BA… And on to next week…ugh….

  7. By Dr. G. on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Post script…long plane ride home after the gift to the Steelers.

  8. By Scott H on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Well…a shame we couldn’t keep Vick in the game.

    Ya know, the INT probably killed us ( and I didn’t see it, so I can’t comment on the throw ), but my God, man, did we have to give up an 88 yard TD pass two plays later??? C’mon, defense….

    Losing to a 3rd string QB is NOT excusable, don’t care where the game was played or what time of day or what the weather was. That is just lame.

  9. By Tucsontim on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Sad day for Cardinal fans!

    I haven’t been a fan of Ed Hochuli for a long time. I don’t think any sport should have celebrity officials. I have been worried for a while that the officials see themselves as important as the game…and they aren’t. They are there to make the game safe and fair. These officials saw themselves as some sort of handicappers. Keep the game close (for TV ratings???)

    It’s hard. Cardinals could have been ahead by 3 touchdowns with reasonably fair officials at the end of the first half. Still, none of the officials threw that HORRIBLE interception, NEEDLESS interception with #11 open for a first down. So, I hate the officials, but at the end of the day the Cardinals were in a position to win with less than 2 minutes.

    What hurts is that we were in the same situation against the Rams. And now twice with a game on the line, Palmer has not looked to #11, who has been open, to keep the drive alive and win a close game.

    So depressed that this might cost us home field. So depressed that we have only won against bad losing teams.

    One more thing. You fly home and you take care of your business and then you get on the plane and fly to your next business trip. Yes, it sucks to cross time zones. But I am sure hundreds if not thousands of road warriors do that every week from PHX. The week long vacation at the elitist whitopia called Greenbrier was a bad idea.

  10. By Dan on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Should have kept Josh McCown…………Palmer CHOKES!

  11. By Darren Urban on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Dan —

    RE: QB

    Yes. That’s rational.

  12. By Dan on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    I blame Palmer for the Rams loss and this one…………wide open WRs and he either doens’t see them or throws a horrible ball…….no excuse on that last pick other than him just winging it without looking at the safety, sure guys underneath were probably wide open, would have probably missed him anyway……..frustrating blowing a game against a garbage opponent….guess we suck too.

  13. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    That’s two losses where we dominated the other team, except we (a) lost the turnover battle 3-0, and (b) were unnecessarily aggressive when driving for the potentially winning score.

    I don’t blame the end-of-game INT on Arians’ play-calling; I assume Palmer isn’t supposed to make that throw unless he’s open. And Brown had his man beat… Palmer just didn’t see the safety, apparently.

    Still, trying to go for it all on 1st down there when we were in four-down territory and were moving the ball well… don’t like it.

    I also thought we were a little too lackadaisical on that drive… Pitt kicked off with 7:19, we need a TD, and we played like we were guaranteed we were going to get it. I would’ve sped things up a bit so that if we didn’t make it, there’d be more time on the clock, instead of leaving it where one first down and we lose the game. Of course that was academic after we gave up the long TD.

  14. By Scott H on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Seattle looks like they are taking care of business against Carolina today. No surprise. With another game for them on Thurs night – against San Fran – Seattle will probably have 2 more wins under their belt before the Cardinals take the field again. So, two wins for Seattle ( probably )….a loss for the Cards today….that is either a +3 for Seattle or a -3 for the Cardinals. Either way, same thing.

    And we let this happen against a Steelers team initially without Big Ben, and THEN reduced to their 3rd string QB??? Real friggin nice. Getting the Steelers without Big Ben should have been a GIFT for the Cardinals. Instead, it was a gift for the Seahawks.

    Can you say critical juncture?

  15. By Scott H on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    OK, Seattle just LOST! Thank you, Panthers.

    Alright, scratch what I said about Seattle winning two games before we play again, all that +3 / – 3 stuff.

    BUT keep what I said about the Cardinals giving away what should have been a gift for them today. That stands. HORRIBLE loss to take when you get the Steelers as we did today.

  16. By Scott H on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Dan –

    C’mon, man….should have kept McCown?? Does that mean we should have never brought Warner here???

    I’m not happy, either, but….geez!

  17. By James Ricketts on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Officials kept this game close in first half by design . Steelers & NFL were most likely in cahoots knowing Vick would be either pulled or injured at halftime. Landry Jones was one prepared 3rd string QB while the Cardinal defense was not prepared for him. Conspiracy theory? Maybe. Maybe not.

  18. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Hate the loss and the way It all unfolded. But better to have it now and fix it than to have it at the end of the season or in the playoffs. BA and staff will fix this and the team will be accountable for all the mistakes. I feel sorry to the Ravens. The bounce back is going to be nasty. Going to be another Cardinal win at home on National TV. I think it will be a statement game. On to the next game. We can’t do anything to change the outcome of this one.

  19. By Richard L on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Terrible officiating, horrible Cards kicking game, poor decision making by Palmer, no run game, failure by Betcher to adjust defense to 3rd string QB, weak OL play. Cards were still on vacation and the Steelers were ready to play. Arians needs to prove he can win the tough games on the road.

  20. By Richard S on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Disappointing loss. I was moaning about the officiating during the game and wondering when the Steelers diagnosed a run whether with 3 backs and each specializing in a certain part of the game if our offense is not becoming too transparent when each back is in the game. Sure could have used more Ellington along with more cowbell. As for crossing time zones, my son is in Stockholm and he’s rooting for his team in the middle of the night.

  21. By Richard S on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Oh I did see Cam Newton play today and was very impressed. Carolina is definitely a lot better team than my system indicates, but if they keep playing like that the system will eventually catch up. Right now I’d say Cam merits elite QB status. That Carolina defense is pretty good too.

  22. By Credit Card on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    The game felt like a Daytona 500 race car was trying to drive up a steep 4-wheel drive road. My opinion, the offense is like a high powered speed machine, but simply not built to be tough and durable.

  23. By Tucsontim on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Even with the pathetic kick into the end zone Butler was 33.7 avg/kick. Does he have photos???

  24. By Dr. G. on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    Cards Fans…Most fans will support Arians’ aggressive style as do I, but to clarify my critique, he has done this too much at the wrong times.

    Wisdom does not call for this tactic on 1st down in the Red Zone with ample time…and especially now with a good run game when you can take the lead…time for grinding it out a bit. Palmers’ last INT showed JBrown to be the hot and only read…on a double team?? …shoulda thrown that one into the stands… later…

    Remember how the Super Bowl concluded…?…not unlike that one…

  25. By G.Witt on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    The Cards looked like they were relaxing at Greenbrier today.

  26. By clssylssy on Oct 18, 2015 | Reply

    These kinds of losses may come back to haunt us. We had the better team but got out coached on both sides of the ball. Once again we got pass happy and didn’t stick to our strong running game long enough, Palmer was forcing the ball to Brown when there were stronger players open, we had way too many drops, fumbles and poorly executed plays. Our mechanics were sloppy and our “No fly zone” seemed to have flown the coop prematurely…we didn’t finish the game. It seemed as if everyone just was going through the motions so they could get home and really weren’t worried about an impending loss.
    Not being able to win against a good team and their 3rd string QB really should be a reality check of just how good we really are! I don’t want to hear that “we weren’t prepared for Laundry” because it would have been the same or worse with Big Ben (who we were supposedly ready for). No excuses, just fix it in time for the Ravens!

  27. By Jon Elder on Oct 19, 2015 | Reply


    Your presence is nothing if not predictable. You’ve been talking garbage across the internet for years. Funny how quiet you’ve been this year. Remember when you said the Rams were gonna finish ahead of the Cardinals last year? And that the Cardinals would win 6 games? How about all that time you spent saying that Stanton was ten times the QB Palmer would ever be?

    Finally decided to come out of your hole again then, and with Josh McCown in tow no less lol. Its sad dude.

    An internet troll posing as a Cardinals fan across multiple seasons. I bet it burns you up that Palmer is having a career year. You’ve been rooting against Palmer and this team for years.

    Enjoy your one little insignificant moment in the sun. It ain’t gonna last…

    GO CARDS!!

  28. By scott on Oct 19, 2015 | Reply

    Please stop these Road trips…3 since 2008 and 3 Pathetic performances.Only win was an ugly 3 pt Win verse a Bad Tampa team starting a rookie in his first ever start!!!

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