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The Patrick Peterson injury is as expected a minor one. The Arizona Cardinals defensive back had an MRI today to take a look at his ailing left Achilles tendon, and the results were positive. Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic had this report that there were no tears, just inflammation and tendinitis.
Peterson will probably be able to play in the season finale against the Seattle Seahawks, although at this point you'd have to wonder how wise a decision that would be. Peterson and the Cardinals were eliminated from the playoffs this past weekend and have nothing to play for. It might make more sense for Peterson to shut it down for this season and get ready for 2012, where he will probably be one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL.
Peterson has had a solid rookie season and could be destined for great things, so there's no real need to risk his future by bringing him back prematurely.
To discuss Peterson and the Cardinals, head on over to Revenge of the Birds.
The Arizona Cardinals were disappointed to get knocked out of the NFL Playoffs despite how thin their chances were after a 1-6 start to the season. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt is pleased with the fight and resiliency his team has shown this season but is still searching for ways to get off to better starts in games.
The Cardinals have one final game left on the 2011 NFL schedule, a Week 17 home game against the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams are 7-8 and fighting for second spot in the NFC West.
While it's only symbolic at this point, Whisenhunt is highly motivated to see his team finish with a .500 record and thinks it can help build momentum headed in to the offseason similar to what happened in 2007. That team hovered around .500 all season and then came back the next year and went to the Super Bowl.
With that in mind, Whisenhunt will approach the game will full force and use all his healthy players.
CB Patrick Peterson injured his Achilles tendon on Saturday and had an MRI Monday. The results of that test, along with how he responds, will determine if he gets the chance to set an NFL record by returning his fifth punt for a touchdown.
QB Kevin Kolb is still day-to-day. Last week he was still having "little symptoms" come up and on Saturday didn't feel good when he got to the field in Cincinnati. There was concern about the bright sun and the stadium noise so he was held out.
"Most of the time he's good (but) he has his moments where he doesn't feel great. Whether it's the installation meeting, one day he'll not feel good doing that or it's out there on the field and other days he doesn't have those (symptoms)," Whisenhunt said. "We're adhering to what the policies are, which I agree with, and that is that we're going to make sure we're conservative or cautious with it."
So, once more we enter a week not knowing who the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals will be.
John Skelton had three interceptions and played poorly for this first three quarters before finding a groove and getting himself and the team going. The team has tried all sorts of things to get him going, including earlier use of the no-huddle offense.
Whisenhunt (and presumably Skelton) are as frustrated as anyone with the slow starts but according to the coach, this isn't uncommon for a young quarterback with less than a full season's worth of starting experience.
"The one thing I'll take over all of it is the ability to make plays in the fourth quarter to give you a chance to win games. When you have six games, five that he's been involved with, where you come back and won at the end, that's pretty strong," Whisenhunt said, reminding us that quarterbacks have been judged through history for their ability to finish games.
At the same time, "If we can get John to start faster, it would be a pretty good thing."
Fan favorite Deuce Lutui saw action for the first time this season outside of special teams. He played right guard in the second half of the Bengals game in place of Rex Hadnot. Whisenhunt said Deuce played "OK" and than he came in the game due to knee and back issues that Hadnot has been dealing with.
Whisenhunt reacts to Jerome Simpson TD flip
"It's a great, athletic play by the guy. Am I impressed by that? I'm impressed every day with what I see these guys do," Whisenhunt said.
"I don't like it that it happened against us, obviously, but the guy is a tremendous athlete and made a good play. And listen. it's great that people are excited about it, it's great for our sport, it gets more interest in it.
"Hopefully, somebody will make a play and we won't have to see that going forward because it certainly doesn't bring back good memories of the game. Now, if we'd have pulled it out and won another one of those close games at the end, I'd be okay with that. That's the emotional part of the game that we have to go through."
Arizona Cardinals rookie sensation Patrick Peterson has been a bright spot in an otherwise trying season. Along with several other young Cardinals players, Peterson has provided the team with a spark but no one else on the roster has given the team the lift that comes with an NFL record-tying four punt return touchdowns.
Peterson suffered a duel blow on Saturday against the Bengals when he hurt his Achilles tendon on an interception that was subsequently reversed by a questionable roughing the passer call. Peterson left the game and did not return, but fortunately, he appears to have avoided a severe injury.
The young up-and-coming star cornerback will have an MRI on Monday morning which is expected to reveal either a strain or tendinitis.
According to coach Ken Whisenhunt, Peterson wanted to return to the game on Saturday and hasn't been ruled out of playing the final game of the season against Seattle.
"I'm not going to sit here and say that (it's not a tear) because I don't want to create the bad mojo. Just based on the examination and how he feels and talking with him, we're optimistic that it's not going to be too bad," Whisenhunt said.
The Arizona Cardinals came up short against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, losing by a final score of 23-16. The offense was practically nonexistent through the first three quarters before coming to life in the fourth. Sadly, the offensive explosion was too late.
Let's take a look at some of the Arizona numbers.
Arizona quarterback John Skelton had a terrible first half but a terrific fourth quarter. He threw three interceptions and was sacked five times before halftime. He ended up being the leading passer in the game, however, finishing 23-for-44 with 297 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Larry Fitzgerald led all receivers with 105 yards on six catches, including a 30-yard touchdown pass from Skelton. Receiver Jeff King had the other Cardinals touchdown on his only catch and target of the game.
Beanie Wells picked up 53 rushing yards on 14 carries, also tallying eight receiving yards on a catch.
For all news and information regarding the Arizona Cardinals, head to Revenge of the Birds.
To say that it was a season of ups and downs for the Arizona Cardinals would be something of an understatement. The first half of the season displayed the Cardinals as one of the worst and most offensively inept teams in the NFL. The second half of the season featured the Arizona squad reeling off a four-game winning streak and winning six out of seven as they made an improbable run at a playoff berth.
All of those postseason hopes crashed and burned on Sunday, however. With a 23-16 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cardinals were officially eliminated from the postseason. They can take some solace in the fact that they can beat the Seattle Seahawks in the final week of the season to finish the season in second place in the NFC West. It would be at least some measure of redemption given where it looked like they'd end up at the start of the season.
The Cardinals showed just enough in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game to make fans think that they'd pull off a late comeback once again and stay in the hunt, but the awakening of John Skelton and his offense proved to be too little, too late.
To discuss things with Cardinals fans, head to Revenge of the Birds.
The Arizona Cardinals remained quiet through the first three quarters of their Week 16 game against the hometown Cincinnati Bengals. The Arizona offense was nonexistent and looked completely lost through the bulk of the game before waking up in a big way in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the offensive explosion came too late and fell short, as the Cardinals lost by a final score of 23-16.
Andy Dalton and the Bengals completely owned the first three quarters. Dalton threw a touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham in the first quarter. Gresham made a terrific catch to stay in bounds, but had his play dwarfed and then some by Jerome Simpson in the second quarter, who made a front flip over a Cardinals defender to finish up a touchdown catch in what was easily the play of the year. Cedric Benson also picked up over 50 rushing yards to push him over 1,000 rushing yards in the 2011 season.
Arizona quarterback John Skelton, who had been sacked five times and thrown three interceptions before the fourth quarter, tossed two touchdown passes within five minutes. First a 30-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald to get the Cardinals on the board, followed by a 2-yard pass to Jeff King. The Cardinals failed the two-point conversion but had closed the gap to 23-13. Skelton was able to get the Arizona squad back to the red zone with just over 3:00 left to play in the game, but the Cards failed to convert on 3rd and goal and were forced to settle for a short field goal to bring them within a touchdown.
The Cardinals were able to halt the Bengals and force a punt, which had them beginning a drive at the 40 yard line with 0:48 left to play. Skelton and his receivers attempted to put together a last-minute drive, but were out of time outs and ran out of time. With the loss, the Cardinals fall back to 7-8 and have seen their playoff hopes slip away.
The Arizona offense continues to struggle mightily, as the Bengals defense has refused to let up on quarterback John Skelton. The Cardinals QB has been held to under 100 passing yards while throwing three interceptions and being sacked five times.
If there is one positive to be taken away from the first three quarters for Arizona, it is that the Cardinals defense has performed better in the second half. After allowing 10 points in each of the first two quarters, they only allowed a 32-yard Mike Nugent field goal in the third quarter.
The defense cannot do it alone, however, as it looks like the Cardinals will need an enormous offensive fourth quarter in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Arizona Cardinals have not scored in the first quarter of a game since Week 2 of this season. That streak has continued on into their Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, as they have yet to score in the entire first half. As the teams enter halftime, the game has been decidedly lopsided and the Bengals lead by a score of 20-0.
Arizona John Skelton has been hurried and flustered the entire game. He is only 5-for-13 with 63 passing yards, has thrown two interceptions and has been sacked three times.
His counterpart, Andy Dalton, has been solid throughout the half, leading the Bengals on four scoring drives. Through two quarters of play, Dalton is 15-for-22 with 136 passing yards, no interceptions and two touchdown passes. The first TD pass came in the first quarter on an 11-yard pass to Jermaine Gresham, who made a terrific play to get both feet down in the end zone before falling out of bounds. That play will be all but forgotten by the end of the game as Jerome Simpson may have made the play of the year with a 19-yard touchdown that ended with a full front flip over a Cardinals defender into the end zone.
The Cardinals need to regroup in s big way in the second half if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson (89) flips over Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (58) for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
The Arizona Cardinals are once again off to a slow start in their Week 16 road game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cincinnati team is taking advantage of a sluggish Arizona defense and is basically putting on a show as they lead 20-0 heading into halftime.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is proving to be a formidable opponent, passing for over 100 yards in the first half with two touchdowns.
That second touchdown came in the second quarter on a 19-yard pass from Dalton to Jerome Simpson that put the Bengals up by a score of 17-0. It may have also been the most spectacular touchdown pass in recent memory, as he leaped entirely over a Cardinals player, performed a front flip, and landed on his feet in the end zone. Must be seen to be believed:
The Cardinals have already fallen behind 10-0 after the first quarter of play and can ill afford to lose this game if they want to keep their postseason hopes alive much longer. The loss of a key defensive player will be a big blow throughout the remainder of the game.
The Arizona Cardinals are in Ohio for Week 16 taking on the Cincinnati Begals. Both teams are desperate to keep their postseason hopes alive with only two games remaining in the 2011 season. Through one quarter of play, the Bengals lead, 10-0
The opening drive for the Cardinals did not go terribly well. After a John Skelton pass to Larry Fitzgerald to give the Cardinals a second first down, Skelton was sacked for a loss of 11 yards. On the subsequent 2nd-and-21 play, Skelton threw an interception to Rey Maualuga, which set up the Bengals right on the verge of the Cardinals red zone. Luckily, the Bengals were forced to settle for a 24-yard Mike Nugent field goal that put Cincinnati up, 3-0.
On the following Cardinals possession, Skelton was again sacked, forcing Arizona to punt. The Bengals took over at midfield and quarterback Andy Dalton led them on a 5-play drive that ended with an 11-yard pass to Jermaine Gresham, who managed to get both feet down in the end zone before landing out of bounds. The touchdown gave the Bengals a 10-0 lead.
Beanie Wells managed to pick up 14 yards on his first five carries and now has over 1,000 rushing yards for the season. Skelton has been sacked three times in addition to the interception.
The Arizona Cardinals will be without their starting quarterback for the sixth time this season as John Skelton once again gets the start over an injured Kevin Kolb. Kolb missed four games this season with a foot injury and will miss his second-straight game due to a concussion.
Kolb has started nine games but really only played in eight after getting knocked off the field on the first offensive possession against the San Francisco 49ers. Kolb has a QB rating of 81.1 in his games but he also presided over the Cardinals 1-6 start to the season.
Skelton will start his fifth game of the season but played all but three snaps of a sixth game. His QB rating is 69.8 with the Cardinals winning five of six games with the Fordham grad.
During Kolb's first seven starts the Cardinals defense allowed 26 points per game and scored 20 per game. Since that point with mostly Skelton under center, the defense allowed 17 points per game and the Cardinals averaged 19 points on offense.
The Arizona Cardinals have propelled themselves into the NFC playoff race, although they'll need a lot of help if they hope to reach the postseason. With a record of 7-7, the Cardinals are currently tied with the Seahawks, Bears, and Giants and sit two games back of the Falcons (9-5) and Lions (9-5). Arizona cannot win their division with the 49ers already clinching the NFC West.
With just two games left, the Cardinals are eliminated from the playoffs if either the Falcons or Lions win in the next two weeks. Atlanta faces New Orleans on Monday night, while the Lions face the Chargers in week 16. A victory from either team would give them 10 wins, a number Arizona cannot reach.
As for the teams tied with the Cardinals, the Seahawks host the 49ers this week, the Bears travel to Green Bay for Sunday Night Football, and the Giants travel across town to face the Jets. All three of the Cardinals' main competition for the wild card birth will be underdogs in week 16, which could be big for the team.
If the Cardinals lose either of their two remaining games, the team is eliminated regardless of what happens around the league.
Who To Root Against: The Falcons and Lions are the two big teams here. Either of them win and a playoff spot is eliminated for Arizona. A loss from the Seahawks, Giants and Bears would help greatly as well.
Both teams still have a shot at a playoff berth, with the Cards needing a win this and a Falcons and/or Lions loss, which could become a possibility with the Lions playing the Chargers and Falcons taking on the Saints. Only one team in NFL history has ever made the playoffs during a season in which they had a 6-game losing streak; the 1970 Bengals. Could the Cardinals join them in the record books?
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Kickoff: 11:00 a.m. MT
TV: Fox (Thom Brenaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin), Direct TV channel 712, NFLRedZone.
Radio: Arizona Sports 620 (Dave Pasch, Ron Wolfey, Paul Calvisi) Sirus XM channel 113, Spanish Radio KMIA 710.
History: Bengals own 5-4 overall advantage.
As the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals get ready to fight it out on Christmas Eve at Paul Brown Stadium, both squads have a laundry lists of injuries to report at Friday's practice, though many of the players are probable for Saturday's matchup.
Cardinals QB John Skelton is expected to start Saturday vs. Cincinnati while Kevin Kolb continues recovering from most recent concussion.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2011
As for the rest of the team, here is a look at the Cards full injury report along with their game statuses for tomorrow:
Luckily only tackle Brandon Keith will be out with an ankle injury, while every other player is either questionable or probable.
As for the Bengals, they too have a few players less than 100%, though most of them should be a go tomorrow:
Good news from Arizona Cardinals practice on Thursday as only one Cardinal player did not participate in practice, a great sign that Coach Whisenhunt will be playing with as close to a full deck as possible at this part of the season.
RT Brandon Keith (ankle) only Cardinals who did not practice at all today. Not likely to play on Sunday.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 22, 2011
With questions still surrounding who will be calling the shots behind center this weekend, having the majority of your players taking part in practice, even in a limited capacity, is always a plus for a Coach this late in the season. Somers does have a bit of a hunch as to who will be QB this Saturday as Kevin Kolb was once again limited:
Since Kolb was limited again today, I'd say odds are Skelton starting in Cincinnati are very high.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) December 22, 2011
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It is a question that Ken Whisenhunt cannot escape. Kevin Kolb or John Skelton? Who will start for the Cardinals on Saturday against the Bengals. Most NFL pundits say if you have two quarterbacks you have no quarterback and that is exactly what the Cardinals have. Two quarterbacks.
In one corner we have John Skelton, who is 4-1 as a starter and alongside an improving defense has led the Cardinals resurgence over the second half of the season. In the other corner we have Kevin Kolb, who the Cardinals spent a lot to get and then spent a lot to make him "their man."
Both players and the entire team have been downplaying the situation all week.
"Overall, as an entire team we've been playing really well lately," said Skelton. "No matter who's at quarterback, whether it's Kevin or me, I know that the offense and the entire team is really going to rally around either one of us."
"Either guy in there we're comfortable with them. We've won with both of them. Whoever is going to play, we're going to go out there and support them and give it all we got," said Larry Fitzgerald (who has caught 5 of his 7 TD receptions from Skelton).
The most pressing issue in this decision for Whisenhunt is Kolb's health. Last Sunday, Whisenhunt said Kolb was bothered by the noise and lighting in the stadium. If Kolb is not 100% I do not believe that Whisenhunt will play him.
Whisenhunt doesn't believe in starters losing their jobs because of injury, however Whisenhunt also owes it to the fans and more importantly the team to play the quarterback that gives the Cardinals the best chance to win. The time for Kolb to "get his feet wet and get reps" is over.
Fans will likely not know who the quarterback will be on Saturday until at least Friday and most likely Saturday morning as Whisenhunt usually keeps these type of things close to the vest.
If both are healthy, who would you start?
The Arizona Cardinals have a serious issue at the quarterback position, namely who should be the one starting for them on Saturday. Kevin Kolb is practicing, but with his concussion history he's being extra cautious. John Skelton is still the guy you should look to be handling the ball under center on Saturday unless Kolb feels extra good by this weekend.
The Cincinnati Bengals have similar issues of their own concerning their premier wide receiving talent A.J. Green. Green has suffered a separated shoulder, which probably could impair his ability to catch the football. However, the Bengals seem confident that Green will be able to return to action and play this Saturday without trouble. Green's presence will be necessary for Andy Dalton to get his offense playing at a high level this weekend.
Check out the rest of the injuries below.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE: S Sean Considine (foot), T Brandon Keith (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: CB Michael Adams (shoulder), LB Stewart Bradley (hamstring), S Rashad Johnson (knee), QB Kevin Kolb (head), RB Alfonso Smith (back), KR LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring), RB Chris Wells (knee), P Dave Zastudil (biceps)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: WR DeMarco Sampson (ribs)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE: WR Andre Caldwell (groin), T Andrew Whitworth (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: S Chris Crocker (knee), WR A.J. Green (shoulder), RB Brian Leonard (knee), RB Chris Pressley (knee), T Andre Smith (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE: LB Dontay Moch (illness)
Wednesday was a disappointment for those of us hoping to get through a week of Arizona Cardinals football practice without having to hear about Kevin Kolb's head to toe health. Of course, it's not nearly as disappointing for us as it is for him as he enters another week of practice officially limited with his status for the weekend's game very much up in the air.
"To have one of the better halves (against Dallas) that I've had and to be set back again for this, and it's something you can't mess around with, it's very frustrating, I'm not going to lie. What are you going to do? You just come to work and hope to get better and keep working hard," Kolb said on Wednesday.
He said he split the reps in practice with John Skelton and that he felt "pretty good" after experiencing sensitivity to light and sound as recently as Sunday. Kolb reported having a "few symptoms this morning, but nothing much" and that he felt better than he did last week after being knocked out of the game against the 49ers with a concussion.
"He looked good. It's still a process," coach Ken Whisenhunt said about Kolb.
The next step will be to see how he responds and how much he can practice on Thursday. Right now, as of Wednesday, the general feeling in the media room is that Skelton will start on Saturday in Cincinnati but that's just a guess.
A better question might be if Kolb would start even if he is healthy. Whisenhunt was vague when asked that question, "We'll see. I don't have to make that decision right now, do I?"
The Arizona Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they placed veteran linebacker Joey Porter on the injured reserve list and promoted linebacker Brandon Williams from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. Porter has battled this season with a knee injury that required surgery although recently it appeared as if he was recovering from that injury and could be game ready.
While it's not clear if Porter suffered a set back, the decision could indicate an end to the career of the 13-year pro according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.
Word From the Birds BlogPorter to IR, future cloudy "
There’s a good chance the 13-year pro, a free-agent-to-be, also has played his last down in the NFL as he deals with the chronic knee issues. Porter came into the season needing three sacks to reach 100 for his career. He notched just one before he played for a final time this season against the Steelers the sixth game of the season; the knee sidelined him since.
Williams has been with the practice squad since November 22. He played six games with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 and was drafted by Dallas in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He missed his rookie season due to a knee injury and was cut by Dallas before this season. Williams will wear jersey No. 59.
The Cardinals re-signed running back William Powell to take Williams' place on the practice squad. Powell was with the Cardinals in Training camp and carried the ball 35 times for 86 yards in the preseason. He was an undrafted rookie free agent our ot Kansas State.
The Arizona Cardinals and the Cincinnati Bengals face off in a matchup of two teams trying to keep their playoff hopes alive.
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