LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field with teammates Nick Eason #98 and Lyle Sendlein #63 after losing to the Washington Redskins 22-21 at FedExField on September 18, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Redskins Control Game Early And Late, Win 22-21

The Arizona Cardinals had a chance to win but couldn't hold on to an eight point fourth quarter lead. The Redskins bad the plays in crunch time and the Cards didn't. Game over.

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Cardinals Vs. Redskins: Monday Coaches Notes And Injury Report

Coach Ken Whisenhunt addressed the media on Monday following the Arizona Cardinals 22-21 loss to the Washington Redskins. Several players also took questions in the locker room before the team headed into film sessions. 

"Well, obviously a disappointing loss for us. I think whenever you're on the road and you have a chance at the end of a game to get a win, those kind of things are precious. For us to have an opportunity to do that (Sunday) and not pull it out was tough," Whisenhunt said to open his comments.

There were no new injuries to report. Whisenhunt doesn't expect anyone to miss any time as a result of the Redskins game.

Other notes and quotes:


  • Didn't play our best. Still have a lot of things can work on and clean up. Commend team for hanging tough and making plays to give chance to win.
  • In second half moved the ball offensively which allowed defense to rest more and energized the defense. Defense made enough plays to keep us in the game. We're a work in progress with the offense too. 
  • Didn't have a tremendous amount of offensive penalties but when they hit, they were big. Defense had some "dumb" ones that allowed Washington to continue drives. Have to be better at, especially on the road. Will talk long and hard about with team.
  • Kerry Rhodes flagged early in game for personal foul during scuffle was for bumping into an official. It was inadvertent which is why he didn't get ejected.
  • Passing game can be even more efficient and make more big plays. Some of that is getting used to number of different formations and packages. Kolb showed a lot of toughness.
  • Tight ends getting involved helps round out offense. All very pleased with TE position. 
  • It's tough when other team has so many more plays but also don't mind quick scoring. Average yards per play on offense is pretty high.
  • "Running game is like that...We didn't have a lot of opportunities in the first half. In the second half we got into a package we were having success with, it was giving them problems and Beanie (Wells) ran the ball very well. We were able to mix it up."
  • Pretty decent compared to the league in running game. (Cardinals 17th in total rushing yards and 8th in yards per carry)
  • Having LaRod Stephens-Howling out didn't change game plan. 
  • Corners improved but also had a couple of busted plays. Can see improvement from Peterson and Jefferson and their confidence is going to go up.

Beanie Wells

  • "We can be effective once we get the mindset of what we want to do. We can't play like we did in the first half, obviously. Once we have our mind set, being it running the ball or passing the ball we can be a very effective football team."

Kevin Kolb

  • Time of possession: "It's a good question. If we were 2-0 it wouldn't be a problem at all. We're two points away from being 2-0. I think striking quick is a good thing but at the same time, I told you all this before, when we go on those seven, eight, ten play drives that's when you know you really own somebody. We want to do that but we'll get in the end zone whatever it takes."
  • Jeff King is going to start getting drafted in fantasy football leagues.

Jeff King

  • "I would have liked two wins better (than two touchdowns)."
  • Kolb not pigeonholing himself into throwing to specific guys. Going through his reads and finding the open guys. 

Washington Redskins Dominate Crunch Time, Cardinals Fall 22-21

The Arizona Cardinals had no business being in the game and down just three points after the first half and while they improved in the second, when it mattered most the Washington Redskins made the plays and the Cards didn't. The big story for this game will be the continued atrocious defense and then the failure to move the ball at key points in crunch time.

Arizona went into the fourth quarter up 14-10 and after another good red zone stand that held Washington to a field goal, clung to a one-point lead. At that point the Cardinals offense which had found some rhythm in the second half delivered a big strike to extend the lead. 

Kevin Kolb hung in tough against pressure to complete a pass to Larry Fitzgerald for a 73-yard touchdown to give the Cardinals a 21-13 lead. From there it was all down hill.

The Redskins put together a drive that went 73 yards in 13 plays and ended in a touchdown in what would prove to be the most crucial play of the game. With a fourth and three at the 18-yard line, the Redskins not only went for it, they went big. Rex Grossman completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Santan Moss against what seemed to be a blown assignment from safety Adrian Wilson. The Redskins went for two but couldn't convert.

That put the game at 21-19 Cards with 5:17 to go.

A decent drive at this point and the Cardinals win the game. Instead, they went three and out using just 57 seconds before having to punt the ball away. Levi Brown committed a false start infraction and Kolb went 0-2 and Wells ran for just two yards. There's plenty of blame to go around.

From there, the Cardinals defense that gave up 458 yards for the game once again couldn't hold. Washington moved the ball 48 yards to put them in range of a 34-yard field goal by Graham Gano

Arizona had one last chance with 1:39 on the clock but Chansi Stuckey fumbled the ball after a 12-yard reception.

Aside from the defense that was far too willing to give up yards, the Cardinals didn't help themselves with two turnovers and 10 penalties for 97 yards. Kolb was sacked three times for 20 yards in the wrong direction while the defense only got to Grossman once and didn't get enough pressure to make the blitz schemes effective.

On the positive side, the Redskins were just 2-7 in the red zone and the Cardinals got two interceptions and a blocked field goal. In the second half they ran the ball well at times with Beanie Wells finishing with 93 yards on 14 carries after having just six yards in the first half. Tim Hightower rushed for 96 yards on 20 attempts but rookie Roy Helu added another 74 yards. 

Kevin Kolb looked good at times and finished with 251 yards (17-30) but he also forced a ball into coverage for a red zone interception and couldn't move the ball at the key moments in the game. Grossman went 25-43 for 291 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. 

For more on the game, visit Revenge of the Birds.


Cardinals vs. Redskins: After Three Quarters, Arizona Leads 14-10

Beanie Wells wasn't about to be outclassed by his former teammate.

After a first half dominated by former Arizona Cardinals running back Tim Hightower, Wells returned the favor in the third quarter with 84 yards on the ground, including a two-yard touchdown run that gave Arizona a 14-10 lead over the Washington Redskins in week two NFL action.

Kevin Kolb continues to struggle, completing only 15 of 26 pass attempts for 166 yards. Larry Fitzgerald got into the action in the third quarter, and now has 60 yards on six catches. 

The Cardinals have looked undisciplined, much like Arizona State against Illinois yesterday. Through three quarters, Arizona has nine penalties for 92 yards, while Washington has only committed two penalties for ten yards.

Despite an inexperienced duo of cornerbacks, the Cardinals have still held Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman to limited success. Stewart Bradley, Kerry Rhodes and Paris Lenon all have five tackles through three quarters.


Cardinals vs. Redskins: Halftime Report, Arizona Struggles Against Washington Pass Rush, Trail 10-7

After a first quarter that saw the Arizona Cardinals take a 7-0 lead, the Washington Redskins went back to what works best: a power running game. Former Cardinal Tim Hightower ran the ball 15 times for 83 yards in the first half, providing a much-needed boost to the Redskins offense after Rex Grossman threw two interceptions early on.

Neither Grossman or Kevin Kolb could get anything going on the passing front, even though Washington was able to run 41 offensive plays in the first half. The time of possession was skewed heavily in the Redskins' favor, and their defense proved to be quite effective at stopping the Cardinals' offense in their tracks.

Jeff King was the leading receiver for Arizona in the first half, catching two passes for 36 yards, including one that went for Arizona's only score.

The Skins brought a strong pass rush all half, rushing Kolb at every opportunity and limiting the team to only 85 net offensive yards through the first two quarters.

Washington got on the board with a 26-yard field goal, taking the lead with a touchdown pass from Grossman to Fred Davis, who was wide open in the back of the end zone.

Calais Campbell provided a big boost to the Cards at the end of the second half, blocking a Graham Gano field goal attempt to keep the score within a field goal.

At the half, the Cardinals trail 10-7. Ken Whisenhunt must account for the strong pass rush in order to give Kolb and his talented skill players a chance to work.


Cardinals Vs. Redskins: Two Picks And Kolb TD Toss Gives AZ Early Lead

The Cardinals got off to a good start on the road with two interceptions on the first two Redskins drives and a touch down pass from Kevin Kolb to TE Jeff King. Washington was able to move the ball fairly well, but Arizona made plays on both sides of the ball to jump ahead in the first quarter. 

The Redskins first drive went 70 yards into the red zone before Adrian Wilson intercepted a Rex Grossman forced pass. The drive had been stalled before some extra shoving after the play resulted in a penalty on on the Cardinals.

The Cardinals first drive started with a first down toss from Kevin Kobb to Larry Fitzgerald but the Cardinals were forced to punt after a couple blitzes went unblocked.

The second INT went to Richard Marshall who snagged a tipped ball. The replay showed CB A.J. Jefferson grabbed the receivers arm and got away with a penalty. The pick lead to touch down pass to Jeff King who was once again wide open.

Washington has 129 total yards already in the game with eight first downs. Tim Hightower has 35 yards on nine carries and Grossman is 8-14 for 98 yards. The Cardinals are once again bringing a lot of pressure and seeing mixed results.


Cardinals vs. Redskins: TV Schedule, Kickoff Time, Radio Coverage & More

The Arizona Cardinals head east to play the Washington Redskins in our nation's capital in early Sunday NFL action.

Both teams are 1-0, with the Redskins defeating the New York Giants last weekend at FedEx Field. Rex Grossman impressed with efficient game management. The Cardinals struggled against the Carolina Panthers and rookie dynamo Cam Newton, but were able to pull off a victory in their home opener in the premiere of Kevin Kolb.

Kickoff: 10:00 a.m.

TV: FOX, though the regional broadcast can only been seen in Arizona, Virginia and Maryland.

TV announcers: Chris Myers, Tim Ryan

Radio: Arizona Sports 620 AM

Radio announcers: Dave Pasch, Ron Wolfley, Paul Calvisi

Line: Washington is currently favored by 3.5 points.

Watch it online at:, if you have the money to pay for it.

Complete online coverage Revenge of the Birds is our Arizona Cardinals blog, though you can get updates every quarter right here.


Cardinals Take Flight for Nations' Capital

TEMPE -- Boxes of takeout food, suitcases and staff running around the locker room packing equipment bags -- and the occasional club employee in shirt and tie -- mean only one thing on a Friday early afternoon at Arizona Cardinals headquarters, or really any NFL team's facility.

It's time to pack up, get on the bus to the airport and fly to a road game at least two time zones away.

Such was the scene at Cardinals headquarters as the team made ready to fly to Washington, D.C. for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

"This is an East Coast trip, which has historically been a little bit difficult for a lot of teams in the West," coach Ken Whisenhunt said after practice. "We're going to stay true to the way that we've been preparing for it and we'll see how we play on Sunday. I think our guys are fired up about playing and seeing if we can do a little bit better than the way we played last week, especially defensively."

Washington poses a challenge having won at home at FedEx Field (which by the way has the worst press box vantage point in all of the NFL, end zone and low, thanks Dan Snyder) last week. It's a huge stadium and fans are devoted. 

"You've got to learn how to go in there and play well in these situations, so it'll be a great opportunity for us," Whisenhunt said.

One of the keys for the Cardinals is veteran leadership going into the first big road game of the season.

"We've got some good leaders that will hopefully get this young guys up to speed quickly. We've got a mix of older guys and young guys, jelling that team is a process," Whisenhunt said. "But we made progress this week."

Rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson is one of those young guys. He said the biggest thing he worked on this week was taking what he learned from practice leading up to last Sunday's game and putting it to use this week. 

"Continue to have that confidence level through the sky and continue working hard and not letting one play get you down," he said. 

Peterson imagines that his first NFL regular-season road trip will be much like a preseason trip, but just a little more intense.

"Knowing that we have to win, because winning can definitely predict what's going to go on in the future," he said. "Just want to go up there and get a road win, because good teams get road wins."


Whisenhunt said LB Daryl Washington, who didn't practice all week including Friday because of a calf injury, is improving but a decision on his availability won't come until game day. LB Joey Porter (knee) practiced in full Friday and is probable, and RB LaRod Stephens-Howling wasn't able to practice for a third straight day because of a hand injury and is questionable for Sunday.

Peterson watched his LSU Tigers beat Mississippi State Thursday night. When asked about it, he looked at teammate Kerry Rhodes and said, "What I told you, Kerry. We won by 13. We beat them by 13 every year, dog. For real!"  Peterson said there was only one year during his time in college (sophomore season) when LSU didn't defeat the Bulldogs by 13. A little research, however, shows that LSU never beat Miss. State by 13 points in the three years Peterson was there, but the Tigers did win all three games. 


Cardinals Vs. Redskins Practice And Injury Report: Fixing The 'Comedy Of Errors'

The Arizona Cardinals continue to prepare for their Week 2 meeting with the Washington Redskins on Sunday. When the schedule came out, this looked like a fairly easy early season game but with the way the Redskins played in their opener against the Giants has changed some minds. The Cardinals are a four-point road underdog. A win in this game would be a pretty big accomplishment.

"They played a good game. They played very physically on defense. Moved the ball on offense and had some opportunities for some plays," Coach Ken Whisenhunt said about Washington's win over the New York Giants. "This will be a challenge for us."

The focus of preparation remains the defense, and specifically the secondary, which gave up far too many big plays down the field. Defensive coordinator reminded us, and himself, to be patient.

"It was very difficult. I had expectations for us. The thing I have to remember is our two starting corners, this will be their second start in their career. I've got to be patient, and I am. I learned a lot just from being patient that I've got two young kids starting corner in the National Football League," Horton said.

Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson likely won't be tested quite as much against Rex Grossman and his core of good but not exceptional receivers. 

Injury Upate

Starting MLB Daryl Washington is still nursing a calf injury that kept him out of practice so far this week. Whisenhunt said he's making progress and will be evaluated as the week goes on and that he could be a game day decision. Learning to play despite not getting reps during the week is all part of the growth process according to Whiz, "That's what being a pro, being in the NFL is all about. He's a young player and hopefully he's learning the right way." 

RB LaRod Stephens-Howling has the same official status as Washington (did not practice, will be evaluated) while Joey Porter (knee) was limited in practice after sitting out Tuesday. Other reported injuries include WR DeMarco Sampson (hamstring, DNP); CB Crezdon Butler (ankle, limited); TE Jim Dray (pectoral, limited); P Dave Zastudil (calf, limited).

For the Redskins, LB Keyaron Fox (back); S LaRon Landry (hamstring); and LB Brian Arakpo (ankle) were all listed as limited practice participants on Thursday.

Other quotes:

  • "The thing I was so comforted by was that during training camp they (Peterson and Jefferson) were perfect. You expect that all the time and you just have to realize that they are not going to be." -- Ray Horton
  • "(Adrian) Wilson had a fantastic week of practice. He was phenomenal this week." -- Ray Horton
  • "It's a passing league with the rules the way they are. That's why our games are so exciting. They're not 1-0 soccer games." -- Horton
  • "One mistake on defense is big. One mistake on offense, who cares." -- Horton
  • "Obviously, the first game didn't go the way any of us wanted it to go. But we're going to improve and get better, I know that and I can see it in the way that we're practicing. Hopefully, that will show up Sunday." -- Ken Whisenhunt
  • "We had a comedy of errors in the back half." -- Whisenhunt
  • "We were fortunate to get a win and that's a tribute to the players." -- Whisenhunt

Cardinals Vs. Redskins Preview: Thoughts From A Washington Expert

When you want to know about a team often the best person to ask is the beat writer who covers that team on a daily basis. We did just that and spoke with Daniel Shiferaw of SB Nation DC for this preview of the NFL Week 2 battle between long time NFC foes, the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals.

The Redskins finished 6-10 last season and were ranked 21st in defense and 25th in offense in Mike Shanahan's first season as head coach. A lot like the Arizona Cardinals this year, however, they think they've solved their biggest problems and are very optimistic about the 2011-12 NFL season. A big Week 1 victory over their division rival New York Giants helps fuel that confidence going into this Sunday's game.

Here's what Shiferaw had to say about the team he covers.

Redskins defense

The Redskins switched to a 3-4 last season when Mike Shanahan came in and the team struggled with the new system. They didn't have the right players up front to run the scheme and in the case of Albert Haynesworth, a guy who didn't want to play in the 3-4.

Washington focused in the offseason on getting the right players for the system. They drafted OLB Ryan Kerrigan 16th overall from Purdue. Kerrigan had a big play against the Giants when he returned an interception for a touchdown in a play that was crucial in getting the 28-14 win.

They also brought in two free agents to start on the defensive line, NT Barry Cofield from the Giants and DE Stephen Bowen from Dallas. The team is also impressed with seventh round draft pick, rookie NT Chris Neild who had two sacks in Week 1.

"The big thing is (Defensive coordinator) Jim Haslett taking this defense in year two and now has more parts to work it, particularly up front. Because of that, the Redskins defense is really much, much better than it was a year ago," Shiferaw said.

Redskins offense

The attention on offense all goes to quarterback Rex Grossman. Shenahan surprised everyone in the preseason with the announcement that Rex Grossman would be starting over John Beck.

"Obviously, the knock on Gross man is that there's 'Good Rex' and 'Bad Rex'," Shiferaw said. "He'll look really good like he did against the Giants and then he'll have other moments where he just inexplicably turns the ball over, whether it will be a bad interception or a fumble when he should have just kept the ball."

Grossman went 21-34 for 305 yards against the Giants while former Cardinals running back Tim Hightower rushed for 72 yards on 25 carries. Fred Davis had five catches for 105 yards while Santana Moss had six catches for 76 yards. 

According to Shiferaw, Grossman says that he's not the same guy and there is no more 'Bad Rex' but the jury is still out with the fans and media in Washington.

Shiferaw says that Hightower was a little upset that Cardinals traded him and about the team drafting Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams after he was already on the roster. He's happy to be in Washington where Shanahan sees him as a feature back.


"Revenge or no revenge (with Hightower), the Redskins are going to have to run the ball against the Cardinals. And from there, Rex Grossman -- if he winds up playing like 'Good Rex' it will be a close game.

"I think it's going to be a very high scoring game because the Cardinals obviously have a very good offense and the Redskins are having some secondary trouble (injury to S LaRon Landry)...I think both teams score in the 20's at least and I give the Redskins the edge because they're at home, probably by a field goal at the most."

Thanks to Daniel Shiferaw for his insight into the Redskins. We'll have more on the this game throughout the week in this StoryStreamFor more on the Cardinals, head over to Revenge Of the Birds and for more on the Redskins check out Hogs Haven and SB Nation DC.


Larry Fitzgerald 'Encouraged' By Kevin Kolb's Week 1 Performance

The Arizona Cardinals were back on the practice field Wednesday preparing for their Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins. It should be an interesting early season test for both teams who are full of confidence and convinced they are much better than their records showed last season. The winner will roll into Week 3 with legitimate momentum while the loser, depending on how the game goes, could potentially suffer a significant set back. 

For the Cardinals, the offense is suddenly not the big area of woe that it was all last season. Kevin Kolb has solidified the quarterback position and even there's even confidence in the two backups should they need to step up. 

Larry Fitzgerald suffered through a full season of QB mess, but it sounds like that's all in the past.

"Last week I was encouraged by the way Kevin (Kolb) was able to get the ball to everybody. I think that's good for offensive guys to know -- if you win (your match up) consistently, Kevin's going to find you and I think that's going to make guys work a lot harder," Fitz said.

Kolb is looking forward to playing against the Redskins and taking on both a team he knows well from his time with the Eagles. He called the Washington front seven, "legit, as good as anybody." They are aggressive and do unique things, according to Kolb.

Like any of the Cardinals we spoke with, Kolb's not satisfied with the way the team played last week but having studied the game film is not discouraged.

"I think the mistakes we made were very simple when you go back," Kolb said. "It's just slowing the game down and just thinking about things. That's going to come with time. That's going to come with more games and again, it's something we can fix very easily."

Tim Hightower to-do

At some point this week Tim Hightower committed the media sin of speaking what was on his mind. He said that he thought the team he now plays for would beat the team he used to play for. How this qualifies as news escapes us, but it prompted all sorts of questions to various Cardinals about Hightower's remarks.

The responses all sounded something like this from Clark Haggans: "It's a game. We just want to get to another win."

Although the best answer came from Ken Whisenhunt who said, "If I was him, I would be looking forward to facing our defense the way we played last week as well. Hopefully, we'll get a little better this week."

Other notes

  • LB Reggie Walker has shown tremendous improvement since he got here as an undrafted free agent according to Whisenhunt. Healthy now with no nagging injuries like he's had in year's past.
  • "Listen, what we're trying to preach with our guys is we've got to play a disciplined scheme. That's what hurt us last week and our guys have got to learn that." -- Whisenhunt
  • "There's a lot of negatives packed up against us but I think that's pretty much our style and we like it that way. It's very important for us to go in there and play well and win...I think we have an underdog role here anyway. That's kind of our mentality." -- Kolb
  • "We're excited to play against this team. They really played with a lot of energy last week against the Giants. They have some great emotional leaders on defense so it will be a really good test for us to go out on the east coast and try and get a victory." -- Fitzgerald
  • "I think we have a lot to build on. By no stretch of the imagination do we feel like we played good...We know we have to execute our assignments." -- Fitzgerald
  • "They're very fast. They're quick off the ball. They play very up-tempo. Between the run, the pass, the play action, they do execute with a lot of precision." -- Clark Haggans
  • "I know we won the game but we left some plays out there. Made some mistakes. We're just out there today trying to clean that up and just play better." -- Haggans
  • "We're fine. We'll move on to the next game. Leave last game behind us and learn from it." -- Adrian Wilson
  • "No excuses. We'll move on to the next game and leave that game behind us. We're not going to make a big deal of it. We'll let you guys do it." -- Wilson
  • "They're a good football team. They're going to try and run the ball and take shots down the field just like every other team." -- Wilson

Early Doucet Thriving On Kevin Kolb's Confidence, Ken Whisenhunt's Adjustments

Early Doucet could be in for a big season. On the heels of a nice Week 1 performance (105 receiving yards and one touchdown on three receptions), the fourth-year receiver is generating buzz and could become an intricate piece in the Cardinals offense.

Quarterback Kevin Kolb noticed Doucet's talent in training camp. Kolb noted, "About four days in I knew Early (Doucet) was going to be that way. I told Chad Pennington in the production meeting to watch out for him. Early's got a special feel for the game. He's explosive. He's been battered up and bruised a little bit. If we can keep him healthy, which I know we will, then he'll have a great year."

That's big praise from the starting quarterback, and it's also something to keep in mind as the two continue to develop on-field chemistry. Of course, the last part of Kolb's comment might be the most important. Doucet needs to stay healthy and capitalize on a full season, something he hasn't done yet in his three-year NFL career.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt seems to agree and has been careful in handling Doucet so far this season. In Whisenhunt's words: "Yes, we did (pace Doucet differently in camp) but it was more of a function of his injury from last year and getting back healthy this year. We were a lot more conservative early in camp with (Doucet)...It was nice to see Early have success in the game last week."

Indeed it was. Whisenhunt's adjustments seem to have done Doucet a lot of good, and the wideout could replicate his Week 1 success in the coming weeks. Doucet already has the confidence of his quarterback. Now he only needs to stay on the field and translate that chemistry into yardage.


Cardinals Vs. Redskins Injury Report: Joey Porter & Three Other Arizona Players Miss Practice

The Arizona Cardinals had four players miss practice on Wednesday, calling into question their availability for Sunday's matchup with the Washington Redskins.

LB Joey Porter (knee): Porter didn't look like he was injured during Sunday's game, so he might just be resting up in preparation for Saturday.

LB Daryl Washington (calf): Suffered a strain in the second half of the Panthers game. He did tell Craig Grialou of 620 Sports Radio that the calf felt pretty good though and he expects to suit up this weekend.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt was typically vague only saying that Washington was improving and would be further evaluated as the week goes on. If Washington can't go, expect to see a mix of Reggie Walker and Stewart Bradley. I would be an interesting exercise to see which got the nod as the starter.

RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (hand): Hit on his arm in the Panthers game.  Grialou reports that the wrist is really sore and Stephens-Howling hopes to get the swelling down so he can play on Sunday.

TE Jim Dray (pec): Dray was out of Week 1, and it looks like the pectoral strain might keep him from playing in Week 2 too.

Limited in practice were WR DeMarco Sampson (hamstring) and P Dave Zastudil (right calf).

The Redskins are also dealing with injuries to a couple of key defensive players:

Cardinals Vs. Redskins Injury Report: LaRon Landry, Brian Orakpo Limited In Practice Wednesday - SB Nation DC
Two key defensive players for the Washington Redskins were limited in practice on Wednesday before Week 2's game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to coach Mike Shanahan.

For one player, LaRon Landry, that is an improvement over his status last week. For Brian Orakpo, it is a downgrade.

Landry missed the team's Week 1 game against the New York Giants with a hamstring injury. He admitted he did practice a bit and that it's "feeling better." His status for Sunday is still unclear. Orakpo, meanwhile, played through an ankle injury on Sunday against the Giants. His status is also unclear for Sunday.

For more news on the Cardinals, head to Revenge of the Birds.

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