Talley is roster replacement for Schofield

Posted by Darren Urban on November 7, 2012 – 9:00 am

The Cardinals officially put linebacker O’Brien Schofield on injured reserve, ending his season, but the man they brought in to replace him on the roster wasn’t a linebacker. Instead, the Cardinals re-signed defensive end Ronald Talley, who was released by the team at the end of the preseason. The Cardinals already were carrying an extra linebacker after promoting Zack Nash recently, so numbers-wise, it’s not out of whack.

The Cardinals also lost cornerback Crezdon Butler off the practice squad when the Buffalo Bills signed him to their active roster. So the Cards brought back cornerback Greg McCoy to the practice squad, whom they had released from that spot recently to bring back Butler.

The team also officially announced the injury settlement with offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges, releasing him off of injured reserve. Bridges is free to sign and play with any team other than the Cardinals. In theory, Bridges could come back eventually, but I’m not sure that will happen.

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Campbell feeling his hate for Niners

Posted by Darren Urban on October 23, 2012 – 4:21 pm

It’s 49ers week. In case you weren’t sure, Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell grabbed everyone’s attention with his Sirius XM NFL interview today during the “Moving the Chains” show.

“I really felt I could have had four sacks last week (against the Vikings) and I had zero. I have to make up for that this week, especially against the 49ers, who I really hate with a passion,” Campbell said.

Surprising? No. But here we go.

“Alex Smith I have gotten him down a few times. I know he’s thinking about me a little bit,” Campbell said, and when one of the hosts mentioned that the 49ers didn’t like Campbell and the Cardinals either, Campbell said “That’s the way it is. That’s cool.”

“It’s a rival game. You’re not supposed to like each other. Off the field I don’t have anything against anybody. But on that field, come Monday night, it’s on and crackin’.”

Campbell chuckled when it was mentioned the 49ers don’t like Darnell Dockett even more. “He’s ready,” Campbell said. “He’s probably the person who hates the 49ers more than anybody on our team. Literally, when (the Niners) are playing anybody else, he’s talking trash about every single one of them every game they are playing. He hates them with a passion.”

Dockett has talked about this in the past, but my guess — because, for instance, my San Fran colleague Matt Barrows already noticed this interview too — is that the Niners are going to notice Campbell’s words. Not that they reveal anything surprising. That’s how it’s gone between these teams.

— The Cardinals made a practice squad move Tuesday, bringing back cornerback Crezdon Butler — who was re-signed for one game and active against the Bills — and releasing cornerback Greg McCoy.

— It’s time to vote. No, no, none of this Presidential stuff. It’s the Pro Bowl voting, which is of course much, much more important than picking the leader of the free world. Daryl Washington approved this message. Here’s the ballot.

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Cards bring back OT McQuistan

Posted by Darren Urban on October 16, 2012 – 4:28 pm

The Cardinals added an offensive tackle Tuesday, and you know him — it’s Pat McQuistan, who was with the team the first three weeks before being released. It will be interesting to see if he gets a chance to play at some point in front of the struggling D’Anthony Batiste or Bobby Massie. It does produce another option, however, and at this point, options are good.

To make room for McQuistan, and in a good sign of the rehab process for Michael Adams and Greg Toler, the Cardinals released cornerback Crezdon Butler.

The Cardinals also made a practice squad move. Practice squad receiver Isaiah Williams, after hurting his finger in practice, has been placed on the injured reserve – practice squad list, clearing the way for receiver Gerell Robinson to return to the practice squad after serving his four-game suspension. Robinson had been suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.

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CB Butler returns as Williams goes to IR

Posted by Darren Urban on October 9, 2012 – 9:04 am

The expected happened this morning, with running back Ryan Williams going on injured reserve — officially ending his season, even though that was made plain yesterday — and the Cardinals adding not a running back but a cornerback to his place on the roster. Crezdon Butler comes back for the secondary. Not only did coach Ken Whisenhunt emphasize yesterday that the plan for now was to use LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell and Alfonso Smith as the running backs and probably not add anyone right now (don’t forget Beanie Wells will be back in about six weeks), but Butler’s return also may speak to the health of the cornerbacks.

Don’t forget Greg Toler, on the bomb he was beaten on in St. Louis, limped off the field with some sort of leg injury. Michael Adams has also been on the injury report with a sore hamstring, although he’s been playing. Maybe the Cards need insurance at corner. I know everyone is waiting for a new running back, but as I said a couple times in a couple places yesterday, I don’t expect one, not anytime soon.

As for Williams, he was in surprisingly good spirits last night at the Cards’ Kingpin Challenge bowling event. I’ll be honest, I was surprised to see him there, his left arm in a sling while he waited to have the left shoulder surgery that he said would take place today. But he mentioned to me he had been through so many emotions the past year with his patella injury that he feels like he can conquer anything.

“After the roller coaster I went through last year, and made it through, I’ll get through this,” he said.

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Cards cut to 53

Posted by Darren Urban on August 31, 2012 – 4:52 pm

The key point anytime a team gets to the 53-man roster on final cuts is this: It’s never quite the final roster. That’s something to keep in mind when looking over the Cards’ cuts today, which leaves an unbalanced roster for now.

The team decided not to move tackle Levi Brown off of injured reserve, leaving 22 cuts to be made:

Injured reserve — RB Javarris James (knee), QB Rich Bartel (shoulder)

Waived-injured – LB Brandon Williams (shoulder), WR Stephen Williams (Achilles)

Released – CB Crezdon Butler, LB Antonio Coleman, S Blake Gideon, LB Clark Haggans, G Russ Hochstein, DT Ricky Lumpkin, LB Colin Parker, CB Larry Parker, WR DeMarco Sampson, TE Steve Skelton, RB Alfonso Smith, LB Quan Sturdivant, DE Ronald Talley, DE Everrette Thompson, TE Martell Webb, C Scott Wedige, WR Isaiah Williams, T D.J. Young.

So this is what we get out of this:

— The Cardinals cut Sampson and Stephen Williams, leaving five receivers and undrafted LaRon Byrd (pictured below) as No. 5.

— OLB Quentin Groves makes the cut but both Clark Haggans and Brandon Williams are out – you’d have to think another linebacker is on the way.

— Right now, the Cards have 11 defensive backs and nine offensive linemen, and you figure one or the other, if not both, will be trimmed down. All three OL draft picks are on the squad right now. The defensive backs will have to come down if you are looking for a place to cut to add at another position. In my guess at 53, I had guessed six WRs and eight OL, and the Cards took one from receiver to add to the line. And they took one of eight linebacker slots and added it to the 10 defensive back spots, so I was kind of close. We’ll see how it shakes out.

— Running back William Powell indeed makes the team too.

— This group probably won’t be the exact group that hits the practice field Monday. That’s the cold reality of the NFL.

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Fleming and the secondary

Posted by Darren Urban on August 22, 2012 – 12:29 pm

Rookie Jamell Fleming isn’t going to go into a bunch of detail about his work at cornerback.

“I want to keep working hard I take pride in what I do,” Fleming said. “I want to be the best.”

Defensive coordinator Ray Horton had said he thought Fleming had hit a bit of a wall in camp. Fleming had looked good in OTAs and minicamp, so maybe a bit of a plateau was going to come. Fleming shrugged it off – “All rookies get a little wall in the way” he said. “You’ve got to push through it.” – and he certainly wasn’t bothered by the two questionable calls against him last game, one for hitting a defenseless receiver and the other for pass interference. Both calls certainly could have gone the other other way.

“Stuff is going to happen like that in the NFL, especially at corner,” Fleming said.

There is little question the third-round pick will be counted upon this season. The battle at defensive back has turned into the interesting story as expected, although I think the Cards would have liked more dynamic plays at this point to help separate people. I think right now, barring something odd, William Gay will stay as the other cornerback starter alongside Patrick Peterson. Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes are your safeties.

Then what?

At safety, veterans James Sanders and Rashad Johnson have been running as backups and special teamers, but now the Justin Bethel factor comes in. Bethel is getting some work at cornerback now as well as safety, but he will be on the roster because of special teams. Do they keep five safeties because of that? Could the Cards keep 10 instead of nine defensive backs? If so, that leaves five cornerbacks, or three to join Peterson and Gay. Fleming is on this team. So that leaves Greg Toler, Michael Adams, A.J. Jefferson and Crezdon Butler vying for two spots.

Fleming isn’t ready to step in across from Peterson, but he could end up as the nickel back.

“I think he is learning and growing, especially playing the nickel inside and playing this level of competition,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “It’ll ramp up quite a bit in the regular season. He has done a nice job from when he first came in as far as what was expected of him. He has been told he needs to get better at some things but I’ve been pleased with how he has progressed.”

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The list of Not-Dressing for the Hall of Fame game

Posted by Darren Urban on August 5, 2012 – 3:56 pm

There is no inactive list technically for the preseason because there doesn’t have to be any inactives, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be guys who will not dress. Most are injury related. Some we knew about, some we didn’t. Don’t Didn’t know the details on every injury, but I’ll try to track them down when I can know I do. Don’t expect any to be serious:

— CB Crezdon Butler (hip)

— DT Darnell Dockett (hamstring)

— DE Nick Eason (He isn’t here; His mother has been very ill, as he has pointed out on Twitter)

— CB Marshay Green (hamstring)

— RB Javarris James (abductor strain)

— TE Jeff King (PUP — quad)

— LB Zach Nash (ankle)

— RB Beanie Wells (PUP — knee)

— RB Ryan Williams (patella)

— WR Stephen Williams (hamstring)

— S Adrian Wilson (calf)

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Kolb back by Wednesday, to start Sunday

Posted by Darren Urban on July 31, 2012 – 12:22 pm

Quarterback Kevin Kolb indeed has a right thigh contusion, and while he may not practice this afternoon, coach Ken Whisenhunt said Kolb will return by Wednesday and he will start in the Hall of Fame game Sunday against the Saints. Starting Sunday doesn’t mean much; I’d expect that John Skelton will get a start or two in the preseason as well as the two continue to compete for the permanent starting job.

— CB Crezdon Butler has been nursing a hip flexor suffered Saturday. He is day to day.

— The Cards are considering adding a running back because of injuries, Whisenhunt said, but with Beanie Wells’ return apparently imminent (well, next week), the team doesn’t want to have too many backs either.

— Whisenhunt said LB Stewart Bradley “will be involved” this season and is pushing Paris Lenon for the starting spot.

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With Marshall gone, Butler eyes a chance

Posted by Darren Urban on March 15, 2012 – 3:11 pm

Next to the now-empty locker where Richard Marshall was once housed — his name plate was already gone Thursday morning — Crezdon Butler sat, having finished another rehab workout, knowing that he may have lost a neighbor but gained an opportunity.

“I would say that,” Butler said. “I’m just trying to get back 100 percent.”

Marshall left as a free agent Wednesday night. Butler, along with fellow rehabber Greg Toler, are among the pieces to replace him. If you don’t know much about Butler — or even remember he was on the team — that’s OK. He was a blip on the radar screen for many. Butler was claimed off of waivers Sept. 5 after the Steelers cut him. He played in the season opener against the Panthers, but in practice the next week, he went down with a dislocated ankle, wrecking the ligaments inside. He wasn’t put on injured reserve until Sept. 20, but almost from the moment it happened the Cards knew he was probably done for the season.

At that point, having been with the Cards for about 10 days before the injury, “I didn’t get to really talk to everybody,” Butler said. “I didn’t even meet all the coaches yet.”

That’s not a problem anymore. He didn’t go home, which, given his surgery, he could have done at least for a little while. He stuck around, met all those people he had not yet. He began working out with Brett Fischer. Now he expects to be back for OTAs, has been studying the playbook at home and getting ready for multiple positions: cornerback, nickel back, and “a little safety.”

“We’ll see,” Butler added.

Butler said he has a “bond” with defensive coordinator Ray Horton, no surprise since Horton was his defensive backs coach in Pittsburgh. He’s also gotten to be good friends with Toler, himself coming off major knee surgery and probably the key component in the Marshall decision (the Cards didn’t match the Dolphins’ offer). A healthy Toler — which must be shown on the field, of course — could change outlooks when it comes to Marshall’s departure, and the Cards are undoubtedly counting on it.

“We have been working so hard, pushing to get back to where we were before our injuries,” Butler said. “I guess (fans) will have to wait and see because we can’t say how good or bad it will feel when we get out there.”

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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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