It turns out linebacker Gerald Hayes, who has been battling back trouble since last year, will be on the sidelines to begin training camp, Kent Somers reports, after he had a surgical procedure a few weeks ago. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Hayes will be reevaluated as the Cards go up to camp but it’s going to take some juggling. The Cards were already trying to figure out one inside linebacker spot with Paris Lenon and rookie Daryl Washington and now they will have to figure out a contingency plan (which I am sure has been in the works) in case Hayes’ return drags out. It’s a difficult situation with Hayes because backs are always troublesome injuries.
The situation with Deuce Lutui is a little more cut and dried (Somers was on fire today). Whisenhunt acknowledged Lutui was indeed 396 pounds when he signed his new deal and Whisenhunt repeated to Kent what he said last week, that he was hoping for Lutui to have been in shape and probably could have benefited from the Cards’ offseason conditioning program. Lutui’s agent Ken Harris strongly disagreed. “If the club isn’t pleased with him, I’m happy to assist them on a possible trade,” Harris told Somers. “Otherwise, we should let his play on the field this season speak for itself like it did last year.”
I don’t see a trade happening. The Cards, before Lutui signed, still saw him as a long-term piece to the puzzle. There has to be disappointment in the weight gain, but there probably isn’t surprise. Those first few days of camp will be real interesting.
Finally, in case you didn’t see it, info is out on the new Protect The Nest plans when it comes to single-game tickets. The marquee games this year? No surprise: Monday night against the Niners and Christmas night against the Cowboys.
Tags: Deuce Lutui, Gerald Hayes, tickets
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The Cards just announced there were fewer than 2,000 tickets left for Sunday’s playoff game between the Cards and Packers, and as I had pointed out to a couple of people, a sellout has long been expected.
The Cards are also asking people to try and pick up tickets ahead of time — either at University of Phoenix Stadium or at the Tempe facility — in order to avoid long lines at will call on game day.
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As expected, the Seattle game — thanks to the 24-hour extension — has officially sold out, meaning it will be broadcast on local TV (Fox). As usual, there remain some scattered tickets available, so just because the sellout is official doesn’t mean it isn’t too late to attend the game if you want.
Speaking of the game, two key elements to remember Sunday. Don’t forget NASCAR’s fall foray into the Valley is this weekend, with their big race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway just about the same time as the Cards’ game. As a result, the race day will end about 5 p.m. in the West Valley and alternate routes should be considered if you live in the East Valley and use I-10 to get home. Fans can call 511 to get the latest traffic updates from the Department of Transportation.
Also, the annual food drive put on jointly by the Cards and Gila River, so volunteers will be at the game collecting non-perishable food items (and/or money) for St. Mary’s Food Bank to help the less fortunate here during the holidays.
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Just in case anyone is wondering, there are still tickets available for every one of the seven remaining home games. With the 49ers game over, the “Protect the Nest” plans are over, so that has opened up the ability to buy tickets just for the Vikings and Packers games. Now, there are fewer tickets available for some games than the others — Vikings, Packers, Colts come to mind — but none of the games have yet sold out.
And frequently, even a game that is officially announced as a sellout usually has a few tickets left when the other team returns part of their allotment. So if there is any game you want to go to, don’t give up hope that a ticket can be found until you make a call. (That’s 1-800-745-3000).
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Here are some important reminders if you are going to the game Sunday:
GATES OPEN: All fans should be aware main entrance gates at University of Phoenix Stadium open 90 minutes prior kickoff this season. Fans can enter the stadium starting at 11:45 AM on Sunday. (Main gates have opened two hours prior to kickoff in previous years.)
PARKING LOTS: Sportsman’s Park carparks and other game day parking lots will open four hours before kickoff for each Cardinals home game this season. Vehicles can enter starting at 9:00 AM on Sunday morning.
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER: The Cardinals will unfurl their NFC Championship banner at 12:55 PM. Former Cardinals CB Aeneas Williams and team President Michael Bidwill will speak and a ceremonial video will be shown.
JORDIN SPARKS: Grammy nominated and 19 Recordings/Jive Records platinum-selling artist JORDIN SPARKS will sing the National Anthem prior to kickoff.
GREAT LAWN: The Great Lawn will open four hours prior to kickoff at 9:00 AM. The Verizon Wireless Stage will feature the Charlene Tarango Band for fans to enjoy while tailgating.
TICKETS: Sunday’s game is a sellout though a limited number of tickets returned from the visiting team allotment are available for purchase. The Cardinals have sold out all 35 games they have played at University of Phoenix Stadium since it opened in August of 2006.
FAN CODE OF CONDUCT: Just like last season, the NFL and all 32 NFL clubs will continue to enforce the Fan Code of Conduct to help promote a positive fan environment at all NFL stadiums. The fan code of conduct is designed to set clear fan expectations and encourage a stadium environment that is enjoyable for all fans. For more information on the Cardinals Fan Code of Conduct, fans can log onto www.azcardinals.com.
If fans require assistance during their visit to University of Phoenix Stadium, stadium staff can be reached at:
• Game Day Phone Hotline: 623-433-7156
• Game Day Text Message Hotline: Text “Cards” <space> Issue and Location to 41513
PAT DOWNS: In order to further enhance fan safety and comfort, everyone entering University of Phoenix Stadium will be subject to pat down hand searches. Fans are encouraged to arrive early at stadium gates to help facilitate this additional security measure.
PROHIBITED ITEMS: All fans should be aware of items not allowed inside University of Phoenix Stadium. The 2009 University of Phoenix Stadium A-Z Guide and complete list of prohibited items can be viewed at: http://www.azcardinals.com/stadium/a-to-z-guide.html
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It’s official: The Cardinals have sold out Sunday’s home opener against the 49ers to beat the (extended) deadline and now the local TV blackout will be lifted. The game will be aired on Fox 10 in the Valley.
Everyone can breathe easier now.
UPDATE: There are still a limited number of tickets still available for those who want in the building to see live not only the Cards’ first game but also the NFC Championship banner ceremony. You can get them via Ticketmaster by phone (800) 745–3000 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com, or at the Stadium box office.
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