Roberts, Campbell active for Cardinals

Posted by Darren Urban on December 9, 2012 – 12:58 pm

The Cardinals will have WR Andre Roberts and DE Calais Campbell active today, which is a good sign. The surprise inactive today is rookie cornerback Jamell Fleming, who has been dealing with a back issue but more importantly has lost snaps over recent weeks falling down the depth chart.

Also inactive:

— QB Kevin Kolb (ribs)

— DE Ronald Talley (ankle)

— WR LaRon Byrd

— G Senio Kelemete

— T Pat McQuistan

— TE Kory Sperry

Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is active, but given his on-field argument with Kerry Rhodes last weekend and his disagreement with the decision of the coaching staff at the end of the Jets game, he is expected to lose some playing time. With Talley out, the Cards figure they will need Dockett.

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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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Campbell still hurting, Heap will sit too

Posted by Darren Urban on November 25, 2012 – 12:56 pm

Injuries will keep defensive end Calais Campbell (calf) and wide receiver Early Doucet (ribs) as inactive today against the Rams, but it would seem that it is a coach’s decision that will keep tight end Todd Heap inactive once again. Heap practiced full all week and was probable for the game, but after missing every game since Week 2 with knee issues, coach Ken Whisenhunt warned that Heap being active on game day would depend on the rest of the 46-man game day roster. With Rob Housler playing a bigger role, Heap just isn’t as crucial at this point.

With Doucet down, rookie Michael Floyd will have to perform, and it means LaRon Byrd is active too.

Besides Heap, Doucet and Campbell, the rest of the inactives:

— QB Kevin Kolb (ribs)

— RB Alfonso Smith (with Beanie back and LaRod Stephens-Howling playing despite sore ribs, Smith must sit)

— G Senio Kelemete

— T Pat McQuistan

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Carter starts for injured Campbell, Heap sits

Posted by Darren Urban on November 18, 2012 – 9:30 am

No surprise, but defensive end Calais Campbell won’t play today with his bad calf. David Carter will get the start instead, and he’ll get a big chance to show his advances at the new position. It’ll also be another missed game for tight end Todd Heap, who is still dealing with a knee injury.

The other inactives:

— QB Kevin Kolb (ribs)

— WR LaRon Byrd

— LB Jamaal Westerman (meaning undrafted rookie Zack Nash is the only backup outside linebacker behind Sam Acho and Quentin Groves)

— G Senio Kelemete

— T Pat McQuistan

For the Falcons, wide receiver Julio Jones is playing despite missing all week of practice with an ankle sprain. I can’t imagine he’ll be anything but limited today. Starting linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who also has an ankle sprain, is sitting.

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Tradeless, and the tackles – UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on November 1, 2012 – 2:18 pm

The trading deadline came and went Thursday and the Cardinals — as well as most of the NFL — did not make a deal. Many were wondering about the Cards getting an offensive lineman in a trade.

UPDATE: General manager Rod Graves said in the end, while there were the normal amount of conversations with teams about trades over the past two weeks, “there was not enough interest to consummate a trade.”

“So many different factors come into play,” Graves said, noting medical history of the player, age, contractual situations and the coaches’ feelings on a particular player being able to fit in to the locker room and the system. “You don’t have a plug-and-play situation” in the NFL, Graves said.

— After practice, coach Ken Whisenhunt was talking about the two reserve tackles already on the roster: rookie Nate Potter and veteran Pat McQuistan (who can also play guard.)

Whiz said the Cards are feeling “a lot more comfortable” with McQuistan, who has been active on game days and serves as an important backup swingman now that Adam Snyder has been out and Rich Ohrnberger has been in the starting lineup. You still get the sense McQuistan is there for a reserve/just-in-case role. It might be different for Potter. Whisenhunt played question-and-answer with himself about the rookie today. Does Potter’s progress “mean he is ready to play in a regular-season game? At some point, you have to look at it,” Whisenhunt said, noting that Potter’s practices have been good and the rookie playing “is something we’re looking at doing at some point.”

Potter can play both right and left tackle, so I don’t know which side at which he’d get his first crack. Nor does that mean Potter is on the verge of playing, say, this weekend, necessarily. But he’s on the radar and clearly, the coaches have been evaluating him. Josh Weinfuss will have more on Potter — and rookie running mate Senio Kelemete — later this afternoon on

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Left tackle logic

Posted by Darren Urban on October 17, 2012 – 10:11 am

It’s not like Vikings coach Leslie Frazier was breaking any new ground when he said this morning on a conference call that teams need to have the left tackle position solidified in today’s NFL. Minnesota — thanks to their 3-13 record a year ago — was able to draft Matt Kalil with the third fourth pick overall and have been able to do just that. The Cardinals, with Levi Brown done for the year and D’Anthony Batiste (below) filling in, are trying to make do the best they can. The Cardinals did bring Pat McQuistan back this week after releasing him after the third game, and maybe that means a change is possible.

Even Kalil has needed help once in a while, although Frazier said it hasn’t been nearly as much as the coaches expected. The Cardinals have done some things to help Batiste, although they also have to help out rookie right tackle Bobby Massie too. And the more help needed for the tackles, the more it changes what a team can do in the passing game.

“When people can force you to keep seven people in or even eight people in, it just reduces your potential to make plays down the field, so you better have a dynamic guy outside when you go max protection and a dynamic quarterback as well,” Frazier said. “You don’t want to end up having to utilize people often to help on the offensive line. You are going to have to do it sometimes, but to get into a situation when you’re doing it much more than releasing players, you simplify to the point where you make it a lot easier for defenses to defend you.”

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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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Cards add fullback Hall

Posted by Darren Urban on September 25, 2012 – 1:02 pm

There has been no word on the status of fullback Anthony Sherman but apparently something happened, because the Cardinals Tuesday added fullback Korey Hall to the roster. Reserve guard Rich Ohrnberger played a snap at fullback at the end of Sunday’s win, so it makes sense something is up with Sherman. I’m sure it will be addressed Wednesday. Hall spent four years with the Packers and last season with the Saints before the Saints cut him at the end of camp this season. Hall not only played with guard Daryn Colledge in Green Bay, but also at Boise State.

To make room for Hall, the Cards cut tackle Pat McQuistan.

The Cards also made a practice squad move, bringing back linebacker Zach Nash, who was with the team in camp but injured most of the time, and releasing linebacker Ricky Elmore.

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Adrian Wilson inactive, as are Heap, Skelton

Posted by Darren Urban on September 23, 2012 – 11:30 am

This one is a blow to the Cardinals: Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson, who had been listed as questionable for the game with ankle and groin issues, is inactive for today’s game against the Eagles. The ankle had already had Wilson on the list but the groin problem cropped up sometime this week in practice. Rashad Johnson starts in Wilson’s place. Tight end Todd Heap (knee) is also out for today.

Kevin Kolb is starting at quarterback today. John Skelton (ankle) remains inactive, and for those wondering, Kolb’s wife is not expected to give birth today so Kolb shouldn’t be going anywhere either.

The rest of the inactives:

— WR LaRon Byrd

— RB William Powell

— G Senio Kelemete

— T Pat McQuistan

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Tackle signed, practice squad named

Posted by Darren Urban on September 3, 2012 – 9:52 am

The Cardinals officially announced all the moves swirling around over the weekend. Veteran free agent offensive tackle Pat McQuistan was signed to a one-year deal and reserve lineman Jeremy Bridges (thumb) was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. The team brought aboard outside linebacker Jamaal Westerman via waivers. And the practice squad is filled like this:

— LB Colin Parker

— CB Larry Parker

— DT Ricky Lumpkin

— TE Steve Skelton

— OLB Ricky Elmore

— T Steven Baker

— WR Gerell Robinson

— WR Isaiah Williams

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