FLAGSTAFF, AZ - AUGUST 04: Quarterbacks Kevin Kolb #4 and John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals drop back to pass during the team training camp at Northern Arizona University on August 4, 2011 in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Arizona Cardinals Safety Adrian Wilson Signs New Four-Year Deal

According to a tweet from XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki, Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson has signed a new contract extension with the team. The deal is said to be a new four-year deal through 2015. Wilson's original deal had only two years remaining.

The 32-year-old is a proven staple of the Cardinals franchise and the Cardinals are rewarding him for that. Wilson may as well be the Larry Fitzgerald of the defensive side of the ball. With the team since 2001, Wilson is a five-time Pro-Bowl selection including each of the last four seasons. He was named an All-Pro three times (2006, 2008, 2009) and was a member of the Cardinals' 2008 NFC Championship team.

In 12 years with the team, Wilson has recorded 840 tackles, 22.5 sacks and 26 interceptions.

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In An Offseason Full Of Legal Mishaps, The Arizona Cardinals Continue To Stay Professional

While the rest of the NFL continues to run into legal troubles, the Arizona Cardinals continue to mind their own business and act professionally.


Arizona Cardinals Offseason: Kevin Kolb Facing Hefty Expectations In 2012

The Arizona Cardinals brought Kevin Kolb to their franchise a year ago to solidify the quarterback position for the foreseeable future. Injuries and mixed results on the field have led many to wonder if Kolb is the right man to lead the franchise moving forward, and it's safe to say the upcoming season will be the make-or-break year for him.

The Cardinals are a team close to contending for a playoff spot, but they'll need strong QB play if they hope to have any chance of making a run. According to Rich Gannon, who knows a thing or two about playing the position, he thinks there's more pressure on Kolb than anyone else in football.

"I think it's quite conceivable that there's not another NFL player facing as much heat as Kevin Kolb will be this season," CBS NFL analyst and former NFL QB Rich Gannon told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf Tuesday. "Here's a guy that was paid a lot of money, he was expected to come in and be the starter."

It's going to be a very interesting next few months for Arizona Cardinals football. There's no questioning that ownership would like to see Kolb become an elite quarterback for the team each week; could a permanent change really be made if things go south early in the season?

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Arizona Cardinals Announce Flagstaff Training Camp Schedule, Will Practice With Chiefs

At long last, the Arizona Cardinals have released the full schedule for their training camp in Flagstaff Arizona. They previously released the information that they would report on July 24 and have their first practice on the afternoon of the 25th. The earliest they could have reported was July 21, based on the fact that they play their first preseason game (of five) against the New Orleans Saints August 5 in the Hall of Fame Game.

The team will in fact have a Red and White practice. That will occur on the first Saturday, July 28. there will be an autograph session before the practice and end with a goal-line session. There will also be a night practice in NAU's remodeled Walkup Skydome stadium.

In the case of rain or other inclement weather, practices will be moved inside the stadium, but, unlike last year when there was construction going on, fans will be able to go inside and watch, just as it was in years previous to last.

There will be a week in which the Cards will not practice in Flagstaff. After the Hall of Fame Game, they will travel to St. Joseph, MO to practice jointly with the Kansas City Chiefs prior to their preseason contest on Aug 10.

If you are headed up north for any part, get your reservations now. They tend to fill up. Beat the Phoenix heat and watch the Cardinals (and the QB battle).

Here is the full schedule:

Wednesday, 7/25/12: 3:05-5:00 PM
Thursday, 7/26/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through), 3:15-5:00 PM
Friday, 7/27/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through), 3:15-5:00 PM
Saturday, 7/28/12: 11:30 AM-1:20 PM (Red and White Practice)
Monday, 7/30/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through), 3:15-5:00 PM
Tuesday, 7/31/12: 3:15-5:15 PM
Wednesday, 8/1/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through), 7:15-9:15 PM (Lumberjack Stadium)
Thursday, 8/2/12: 3:15-5:15 PM
Friday, 8/3/12: 9:00-11:00 AM

Trip to Canton, OH for Hall of Fame Game & Kansas City for Chiefs game

Monday, 8/13/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through), 3:15-5:00 PM
Tuesday, 8/14/12: 3:15-5:15 PM
Wednesday, 8/15/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through), 3:15-5:00 PM
Monday, 8/20/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through), 3:15-5:00 PM
Tuesday, 8/21/12: 8:45-10:20 AM

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Sam Acho One of 2011 Draft's Best Third Day Picks

Yahoo! Sports is busy counting down the best third day draft picks of the 2011 NFL Draft, and linebacker Sam Acho comes in ranked number four (one of four NFC West players to be included). The Cardinals drafted Acho in the 4th round with the 103rd pick overall and the Texas Longhorn product made an immediate impact filling in for the injured Joey Porter to the tune of seven sacks - most for a Cardinals rookie since Simeon Rice cracked skulls for a collective 12.5 sacks in 1996.

Great Starts: 2011′s best third-day draft picks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports

As with many young Cardinals defenders, Acho thrived in the aggressive schemes put up by underrated defensive coordinator Ray Horton, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt was impressed as well. "It doesn't take very long to figure out when you're around Sam how smart he is," Whisenhunt said last November. "He's got athletic ability, but he makes plays because he understands where he needs to be and what he needs to do. What a good young man and a good young player.

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2012 Cardinals Offseason: Larry Fitzgerald Speaks

Always one of the classiest guys in sports, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver sat down with KTAR in Arizona with Doug and Wolf to discuss his offseason. And even though Doug and Wolf tried to get some deeper conversation out of Fitzgerald, he managed the situation like Fitz always does and stated nothing that would show favoritism to any of his teammates. He focused only on the positive, which is always Fitzgerald's outlook.

On how close he expects the quarterback competition to be between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton:

"That's really a question for Coach [Ken] Whisenhunt can probably answer. [Quarterbacks coach] John McNulty can answer better. I really just try to stay out of it as much as I possibly can. Just try to make my plays and do what I am coached to do and be responsible for that. The cream rises to the top. I know by Week 1 when we go out there, we'll have our guy. We'll be supportive of that person."

While Fitzgerald steers clear of any quarterback controversy, he's reverted his attention to making sure that rookie wide receiver Michael Floyd is on the right track.

On his first impressions of Floyd:

"...He consistently catches the ball. He's strong and physical at the line of scrimmage. He's an intelligent young man. He's really picking up and grasping things. [Cardinals Offensive Coordinator] Coach [Mike] Miller will tell him one thing one time in a meeting and the next day you see him apply it on the field. It's really nice to see a young guy take coaching in the classroom and apply immediately on the football field."

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Arizona Cardinals In Good Salary Cap Shape With Roster Set

The Arizona Cardinals earlier in the offseason were only a few hundred thousand shy of the salary cap. However, after signing their draft picks and moving some contracts around, they are in much better shape. The Cardinals are currently $4.55 million under the salary cap, according to Pro Football Talk.

This number is bigger than 13 other teams, but is not a final number.

Darren Urban notes on the team's official website that the current number is based on the highest paid 51 spots on the roster. The final number will include the final 53-man roster, in addition to any players on the practice squad or on injured reserve.

With that much room left, it gives the team some flexibility. They do not necessarily have to make any roster moves based on salary alone. They also have room to pick up a player upgrade, should one come available after cuts later on.

In the meantime, however, it looks like Arizona will be content standing pat with the players they currently have.

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Optimism Abounds For Arizona Cardinals Defense

Comments by Daryl Washington and Ray Horton are simply what the media and fans are thinking about the potentially dominant defense.


Ken Whisenhunt Excited For Rookie CB Jamell Fleming After Minicamp

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is not one to give unbridled compliments about players without also tempering it with expectations and a healthy dose of reality. However, recent comments about third-round draft pick, cornerback Jamell Fleming our of Oklahoma, seems to give us reason to believe that he sees something special in the young defensive back.

Said Whisenhunt after minicamp was over:

"He's been a productive player at a big-time program, one that has played in some big-time games against good talent, so you like that. But the thing that jumped off the film to me was his quickness. Even watching him out here and doing some of the stuff inside in the nickel, his change of direction is really, really outstanding. You like to see that. He's a competitive guy, he's big, he was physical off the tape, which is one of the things you like.

"But when you talk about a guy who can play inside or outside, those guys have to be physical. The bigger they are, makes it more difficult for the offenses. I'm interested to see how it's going to translate, if he can handle that position. The physical skill set is a good match for that."

Fleming was a surprise draft pick after Arizona selected Patrick Peterson in the first round a year ago and also because of the group of young cornerbacks already on the team. However, the team had him very highly rated, so much so that they said that, when he was on the board when their pick came around, they had to draft him, despite the fact that they had not yet addressed their offensive line.

Based on comments like these, you it seems like Fleming, although maybe not starting, will see a healthy dose of playing time this season, more than likely as the team's nickel corner.

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Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams Planning On Playing In Season Opener

When the Arizona Cardinals drafted running back Ryan Williams, the coaches believed that there was something special about him. when he was in training camp last year, he looked special. When he went down in a preseason game with a torn patella tendon, which immediately ended his season, his teammates reacted in a way only common for players that made an impact on his teammates -- and Williams seemed to have done that in just a short amount of time.

Now in minicamp a year later, Williams is still limited, but participated in Wednesday's Fan Fest, carrying the ball three times in 11-on-11 drills.

Speaking with writer Darren Urban after the practice, Williams said, "I haven't run that fast since I got hurt. They sprinkled me in there. My first carry, I was like, ‘Wow, I'm almost back. I'm almost back."

That doesn't mean we are going to see a ton of him in training camp at the end of next month, or even in the preseason.

"My expectation is back by Week One," he explained. "Preseason is more ‘We'll see, do we want him in here.' Most important thing is Week One. Regardless of what goes on in preseason, by the first week, the record is still 0-0."

Williams, paired with Beanie Wells, who is also recovering from knee surgery, leave the team with two very big question marks in the running game. However, if Williams is healthy and effective, regardless of what happens with Beanie, the Cardinals offense will look much better and fans will feel the excitement that Williams brought in just a short time a year ago.

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Arizona Cardinals Offensive Lineman Senio Kelemete Ready To Show He Can Make A Contribution

Arizona Cardinals guard Senio Kelemete may have just graduated, but now is not the time to relax. He still has lots of work to do before the regular season begins.


Michael Floyd Making Transition From College To Pros With Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals first round pick Michael Floyd signed his first professional contract on Monday and spoke to reporters after his first practice in mandatory minicamp. Although he just barely got his contract done, he was not worried and had planned on participating anyway. "I was confident the whole time," he said, regarding the contract situation. "I'm not one of them guys that would sit out anyway, because it would eventually get done, so I just want to get out here and get better each and every day. Eventually, that would have worked out."

When asked about the biggest difference between being in college and in the pros so far, he gave one of the standard answers, "I think that it mostly is the speed of the game." But then he added on a lighter note, "you don't have to worry about four or five classes every single day."

Luckily, he has Larry Fitzgerald as a teammate, who helps him in two ways. One is that he checks to be sure that Floyd is studying the playbook and "he tries to make sure I make less errors on the field" and helps with reading defenses.

Floyd is off to a good start, but still has some issues with the quad he injured earlier in the offseason. Ken Whisenhunt noted that Floyd has not wanted to come off the field, which is a trait he admires and likes seeing. Plus, he does make plays every once in a while "that remind us why we drafted him."

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Michael Floyd, Jamell Fleming Signed By Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have locked up all their unsigned rookies. These two were arguably among the most crucial.

Michael Floyd was the first pick of the Cardinals in the 2012 NFL Draft, as the rookie from Notre Dame was selected with the 13th pick overall. The Cardinals rewarded Floyd with a five-year deal. Floyd figures to bolster a receiving corps that desperately needed to give Larry Fitzgerald more help last season, and came up woefully short in that regard. Floyd should be an instant contender to be the second receiver.

Jamell Fleming was the second pick of the Cardinals in the 2012 NFL Draft, which came much later in the third round with the 80th overall pick. Fleming received a four-year deal for his efforts.

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Arizona Cardinals Re-Sign Vonnie Holliday, Release Conrad Obi

Vonnie Holliday is nearing the end of his career as an NFL player, as the North Carolina graduate enters his 14th season in the league. At 36 years old, you have to figure he doesn't have much time left.

Holliday was traded to the Arizona Cardinals last year and performed adequately in limited action, registering 16 tackles during the regular season mainly in backup and mop-up duty. The team announced they're staying with him for another season, as they re-signed him to a one-year deal.

Concurrently, the Cardinals released defensive end Conrad Obi, who was an undrafted free agent for Arizona out of the University of Colorado.

A segment of the press release regarding the signing of Holliday is below.

The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has re-signed defensive end VONNIE HOLLIDAY to a one-year contract and has released defensive end CONRAD OBI. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Holliday (6-5, 288) is entering his 15th year in the NFL after playing in all 16 games and recording 16 tackles with the Cardinals in 2011. He joined the Cardinals last July after being traded to Arizona from the Redskins. He originally entered the NFL with the Green Bay Packers as a first-round selection (19th overall) in the 1998 NFL Draft and played his first five seasons with the Packers (1998-2002) before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003. After playing two seasons with the Chiefs (2003-04), Holliday joined the Dolphins and played four seasons (2005-08) in Miami before spending the 2009 season with the Denver Broncos.

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Arizona Cardinals Getting Set For Mini-camp, Will Be Limited By New CBA Rules

Starting on Tuesday, June 12, the Arizona Cardinals will begin their first mini-camp in almost two years. All NFL teams were forced to skip them last year because of the labor battle that was ensuing.

Unlike the organized team activities (commonly referred to as OTAs), the mini-camp requires mandatory participation. If a player decides not show up for the three day session, they will be fined a total of $60,000 per day. Fortunately for the Cardinals, there are not any players expected to hold out.

While attending camp, players will still be severely limited in what they are able to do because of the new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA states that players are only allowed to be on the field for a maximum of 3 1/2 hours per day, with only 2 1/2 of those hours being designated to full-speed drills and contact. The second practice, usually coming sometime in the afternoon, is basically a walkthrough. Players can have no physical contact with one another, as helmets and shoulder pads are forbidden.

As aforementioned, the camp begins on the 12th and will come to a close on June 14. The players will still be trying to get accustomed to their playbooks and gain chemistry with their teammates. Once mini-camp breaks, they will need to wait until July when training camps open for business.

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Arizona Cardinals Look to Avoid Similar Practice Violations as Seahawks

The Seahawks become the first team in the NFL to be docked OTA practice time for what the NFL and NFLPA deemed to be violations of the new CBA and its curtailing of contact in the offseason. Pete Carroll, in typical fashion, explained it in his terms, saying "It [was] really simply that we were practicing in too physical of a nature. We were getting after it in a way that they thought was more than expected and we had a visit from one of the official guys from the Players Association. He watched our practice and thought it was a good practice, but they went back and looked at some tapes of other practices that they thought were over the top, so we've asked these guys to compete and bust their tales to get everything that we can these days and in their eyes we took it to a physical nature that was too high of a level of intensity."

Now, because we haven't seen any official word from the NFL on this in terms of the exact nature of the violations, one can wonder what, exactly, the tipping point would be. What exactly constitutes a 'no-contact' violation? Carroll complained that the Seahawks hadn't received much information on it, nor had they received specific examples of their transgressions. They didn't even know which day of practice violations occurred.

This type of thing isn't new - it happened to Dennis Green and the Cardinals back in 2004, where Arizona lost a week of their strength and conditioning program because the violations weren't discovered until OTAs had wrapped up. With so little information or explicit instructions on how to avoid breaking the rules, one might wonder how a coach approaches practices at this point. Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt addressed that recently.

"I think our guys have a good understanding of the tempo. They go hard but they know when to pull off. You get competitive situations, like line stunts, when you are trying to get timing, but they know they have to pull off and no one has gotten in a position where it has gone over the top. They understand how to practice. It's not pads, so you can't really turn it loose like in training camp."

Still sounds fairly vague to me, but they feel confident in their tempo and intensity. Still, it wouldn't surprise me to see a few other teams face sanctions from the league as offseason OTAs continue.

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Arizona Cardinals Re-sign Veteran LB Clark Haggans

As the Arizona Cardinals are in their final week of OTAs, the have made a roster move that has long been expected. They have re-signed veteran linebacker Clark Haggans and released undrafted free agent Broderick Binns to make room for him on the roster.

Haggans started all 16 games for the Cardinals a year ago and had three sacks, 54 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

He is expected to be returning in a reserve role, likely backing up third-year player O'Brien Schofield.

This will be Haggan's fifth season with Arizona. He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers when Ken Whisenhunt was coaching there.

With the signing, it more or less cements the OLB rotation. They now have Sam Acho, Schofield, Haggans and Quentin Groves, plus Stewart Bradley who can play both inside and outside.

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Arizona Cardinals Could Be Arranging Combined Training Camp Practice With

The Arizona Cardinals will play two preseason games within five days to start their schedule. They will play in the Hall of Fame Game against the New Orleans Saints on August 5 and against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on August 10. In a move perhaps to cut down on travel and maximize practice time, it is being reported that the Cardinals are looking to have some practice with the Chiefs at Missouri Western State University.

In 2010, the Cardinals practiced with the Tennessee Titans, but after their preseason contest. In this case, it would appear that it might be before the game.

Nothing is actually scheduled yet, but there is the possibility of it happening. If it were to happen, it would reunite the Cardinals with former player and current Chiefs receiver Steve Breaston.

The Cardinals will start their training camp on July 24 in Flagstaff, Arizona and hold their first practice on the afternoon of the 25th. The rest of the schedule is yet to be determined. The Chiefs have not yet released the start of their training camp. The earliest that teams can begin is two weeks before their first preseason game.

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Arizona Cardinals Make Changes To Scouting Department

The Arizona Cardinals made changes to their scouting department on Thursday, announcing hiring and parting ways with numerous folks. Here is the latest from Words From The Birds Blog, the official blog of the team.

The Cardinals have made some scouting department changes, adding a extra body to their previous group by hiring Zac Canty - who most recently spent the last two seasons as a pro personnel assistant with the Bears - as the team representative for the National Football Scouting Service, and also bringing in former Dolphins scouting assistant John Richter to scout the northeast region of the country.

The team parted ways with scout Don Corzine.

The team reassigned some current scouts, putting Mike Boni on the near East, Kyle Johnson in the Midwest and Luke Palko in the Southeast. Malik Boyd remains a cross checker for the western half of the country, Chris Culmer remains in the West and Dru Grigson as a cross checker for the eastern half of the country.

Also officially announced was the addition of former running back Josh Scobey as a scouting assistant, although Scobey has been on board for a while now.

None of these moves appear to be too critical for the franchise, but the addition of Canty could prove big in the coming months. Arizona has typically drafted well the last few years, so it really doesn't make much sense to blow up the scouting department. These moves simply appear to be of a logistical fix for a few scouts.

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Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt Says He Wants Kevin Kolb To Win Quarterback Job

The Arizona Cardinals are in the process of OTAs right now, and there is a quarterback battle taking place. While a team would ideally like to avoid a situation of not having a bonafide starting quarterback on the roster, it is interesting to see how Kevin Kolb and John Skelton will respond to battling for the job every day in practice.

Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt has kept an open mind about the quarterback position in recent weeks, but today he let out a little more about who he hopes wins the job. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic has the latest from camp.

Whisenhunt was asked about balancing the idea of fair competition with the reality that the team traded cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick to the Eagles for Kolb, who has made $19 million since joining the Cardinals.

"I don't think about that when you're on the field," he said. "I don't look at a player and think what's he's making or what you did to get him here. I look at them based on what kind of plays they're making.

"I obviously know how much we invested in Kevin. I want Kevin to be successful. I want him to be our quarterback, but I'm not going to ignore the fact that John Skelton worked pretty hard and did a good job in there when he was playing, too. He's earned the right to compete for that spot."

The fact that Whisenhunt wants Kolb to win the job really doesn't come as a surprise -- you kind of got the same feeling even without him directly saying so -- but it is good to see Arizona committed to letting the best man win the job. Kolb and Skelton have reportedly both looked strong in recent weeks, and this is a position battle that appears destined to go into the summer months.

Hey, at least it'll keep things interesting around training camp.

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Cardinals Free Agnecy 2012: Arizona Inks WR Gino Crump, Releases CB Korey Lindsey

The Arizona Cardinals announced on Wednesday morning that that they have signed rookie free agent and former Arizona Wildcat Gino Crump, and in a corresponding roster move have released cornerback Korey Lindsey. Per team policy, terms of Crump's deal were not disclosed.

Crump (6-2, 210) played just two seasons at the University of Arizona, seeing time in 23 games while making 11 starts for the Wildcats. He caught 65 receptions for 610 yards and two touchdowns during the 2011-12 season after grabbing four receptions for 39 yards the year before.

Crump went to Glendale Community College for a few years starting in 2007 before transferring as a redshirt to West Virginia in 2008. He joined the University of Arizona in 2009, sitting out that season as a transfer.

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Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb Not Concerned About Concussions

The Arizona Cardinals have had trouble with their passing game, primarily because of the lousy pass protection they've had. Quarterback Kevin Kolb has been the primary victim, as he's been sacked and injured on multiple occasions. Most notably, Kolb suffered concussions that took him out of action for the final few games of the 2011 regular season.

There are definite concerns as to how healthy Kolb will be next season. But Kolb doesn't seem all that concerned and thinks he should be okay. Darren Urban of Cardinals.com files this report.

"I don’t worry about them," Kolb said. "It was a freak deal. They don’t happen all the time."

He also insisted he isn’t worried about the long-term problem, saying, "you can’t. If something comes up I’ll worry about it then. Right now, my head is clear and I know I will be in the league a long time."

Kolb searched for and found a new helmet to wear this offseason, one he said will give him better protection — especially in the back of the head, where "most of the concussions come from."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic has more on Kolb, including a potential recovery period from Greg Toler. If all the proper precautions are in place, Kolb should be ok as time goes by, and Toler should also be on the path to recovery as well.

much when voluntary practices began. Toler is coming off ACL repair and estimated he was 85 percent. He wanted to do more than ran and cut in individual drills: he wanted to guard receivers.

He's getting his wish -- sort of. Toler was impressive in the first week of OTAs last week and his work load increased just a little on Tuesday, the first day of the second week.

"It's hard to not give him more after what we saw last week," coach Ken Whisenhunt said, "but he's on a pretty strict play-count. I think we're obviously focusing more on making sure he's ready to go in training camp. And we've got a lot of guys at that position right now that we want to look at.

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Arizona Cardinals Sign Quentin Groves, Release Marc Wilson

The Arizona Cardinals made a handful of moves on Thursday, signing a young linebacker and releasing a wide receiver who did not figure to see much playing time in 2012. Here is the team's official press release.

"The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has signed free agent linebacker Quentin Groves and has released wide receiver Marc Wilson. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Groves (6-3, 265) joins the Cardinals after playing the past two seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He played in 31 games with the Raiders, including all 16 contests last season where he started three games and had 19 tackles and a forced fumble. A former second round selection (52nd overall) by Jacksonville in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Auburn, Groves spent his first two seasons with the Jaguars before being traded to the Raiders in 2010.

For his career, Groves has played in 63 games with 22 starts and has 95 tackles (73 solos), 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries."


Neither of these moves figure to be too prominent for the Cardinals, but you never know about finding a diamond in the rough.

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Arizona Cardinals OTAs: Jeff King And Beanie Wells Injury Updates

The Arizona Cardinals saw their OTAs start up earlier today. There was unfortunately one major casualty in tight end Jeff King, who went down with a partial quadriceps tear. Darren Urban filed this report from the Birds Blog.

The Cardinals had almost everyone on the field today to start OTAs. One man who had hoped to be out there was veteran tight end Jeff King, but it turns out he suffered a partial tear of his quadriceps tendon recently working out at the facility. He had surgery to repair it and is scheduled to return for training camp.

UPDATE: King saw my tweet of this blog post and replied via Twitter: "Will come back stronger…."The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire." "

Beanie Wells also deflected talk about surgery on his right knee, although he appeared pretty positive about the whole situation. Kent Somers filed this report for AZCentral.com.

So, he was asked, what were the details of the surgery? "Just a scope, cleaned things up."

He asked if meniscus was involved.

"Naw, not really meniscus. It was a little more complicated."

Asked later if he had microfracture surgery, Wells smiled as he walked into the locker room.

So it's pretty unclear what type of injury Wells actually got surgery on, so it's hard to see how long the surgery would keep him sidelined. There's a lot of uncertainty there, but the Cardinals running back sounded upbeat, so it might not be too much of a concern.

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Arizona Cardinals 2012 OTAs Start Tuesday

The Arizona Cardinals have the remainder of their offseason schedule all set up.

Cardinals minicamp will be June 12th through the 14th, and OTAs will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday this week on May 29th, May 30th, 31st. There will be additional OTAs on June 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th next week. None of the OTAs will be open to the public, and there will only be one minicamp practice that' will end up being open: June 13, the Fan Fest Event in the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Darren Urban of the Cardinals blog had further details as well. OTAs don't allow live contact; players can wear helmets, but no shells and pads. OTAs are places where Cardinals hope to show off their technique and ability for the coaches to see. Players won't win roster spots with their performances, but they'll go a long way to doing so.

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Arizona Cardinals Announce Arrival Date For Training Camp

The Arizona Cardinals are still months away from the start of preseason games, but the club has announced their start date for summer training camp. According to their official team blog, the Cardinals will report to Flagstaff on July 24. That's a Tuesday for those of you thinking about playing hooky from work. Their first team practice will take place the following afternoon (July 25).

The Cardinals will face the Saints on August 5 for the annual Hall of Fame Game. The team has an option to report earlier than other squads due to their early scheduling, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt did not feel that would be necessary. Summers in Arizona can be brutal even in Flagstaff, so it makes sense to not physically drain his team weeks before any meaningful games are played.

More details about Cardinals training camp will be made in the coming weeks.

For more on the team and their roster battles, head on over to Revenge of the Birds.


Arizona Cardinals, Lyle Sendlein Restructure Contract

The Arizona Cardinals are changing up the contract of yet another one of their offensive linemen, this time cneter Lyle Sendlein. Darren Urban of CardsChatter files this report.

Veteran center Lyle Sendlein said he had restructured his contract recently, which will help the Cards in their quest to keep some salary cap space cleared this offseason. Sendlein reduced his 2012 salary from $2.4 million to $700,000, according to the NFLPA. The extra $1.7M was converted to a bonus so it could be spread over the remainder of the contract, which runs through 2015.

Sendlein's deal reduces his salary by quite a bit, but he should be able to make it up if he performs well via the bonus system the Cardinals set up.

This is not the first Cardinals offensive lineman to restructure his deal. Left guard Daryn Colledge has also redone his deal, lowing his salary significantly from 3.8 million to help clear up cap space. Colledge's deal will be similar to Sendlein's, where money owed to the lineman from the deal will be distributed throughout the remainder of contract (also running through 2015).

Sendlein has started all 64 games plus playoff starts at center since the 2008 regular season.

To talk about the significance of this restructuring with Cardinals fans, head on over to Revenge of the Birds.


Monday Night Football Schedule: Cardinals/49ers Back On Monday Night For More Memorable Moments

The Cardinals play the 49ers on Monday Night Football in 2012. What will be the thing we remember this year?


Thursday Night Football Schedule: Arizona Cardinals To Play St. Louis Rams On Week 5

The Arizona Cardinals will have two national TV contests next year, and one of them will be on the NFL Network as part of the expanded Thursday Night Football coverage. Arizona is going to be headed up to St. Louis to take on their divisional rivals the Rams on October 4th. Game is scheduled to kickoff at 5:20 PM PT, as all Thursday Night games will be.

The Cardinals managed to get the better of the Rams in their two regular season appearances last year, winning 19-13 in overtime on a dramatic Patrick Peterson punt return, then edging them 23-20 in St. Louis thanks to a huge performance by Beanie Wells and a go-ahead field goal by Jay Feely.

The current Thursday Night football contract stipulates that each NFL team appears at least once, so every NFL team will earn a national TV appearance.

To talk about the game with Cardinals fans, head on over to Revenge of the Birds. To learn more perspective of what Rams fans feel about the contest, check out Turf Show Times.

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Arizona Cardinals 2012 NFL Schedule

The 2012 NFL schedules were just released on TV, and the Arizona Cardinals get two national television appearances this year, with one Thursday Night appearance against the St. Louis Rams. The Cardinals look to improve on a 8-8 season, although they won't have an easy time trying to get past the defending NFC West champs, the San Francisco 49ers, who they'll have to play twice, including one game on Monday Night Football in Week 8.

Week 1: Sunday, September 9th, vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1:15 PM PT

Week 2: Sunday, September 16th, at New England Patriots,10 AM PT

Week 3: Sunday, September 23rd, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:05 PM PT

Week 4: Sunday, September 30th, vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:05 PM PT

Week 5: Thursday, October 4th, at St. Louis Rams, 5:20 PM PT

Week 6: Sunday, October 14th, vs. Buffalo Bills, 1:05 PM PT

Week 7: Sunday, October 21st, at Minnesota Vikings, 10 AM PT

Week 8: Monday, October 29th, vs. San Francisco 49ers, 5:30 PM PT

Week 9: Sunday, November 4th, at Green Bay Packers, 10 AM PT

Week 10: Bye

Week 11: Sunday, November 18th, at Atlanta Falcons, 10 AM PT

Week 12: Sunday, November 25th, vs. St. Louis Rams, 1:15 PM PT

Week 13: Sunday, December 2nd, at New York Jets, 10 AM PT

Week 14: Sunday, December 9th, at Seattle Seahawks, 1:15 PM PT

Week 15: Sunday, December 16th, vs. Detroit Lions, 1:05 PM PT

Week 16: Sunday, December 23rd, vs. Chicago Bears, 1:15 PM PT

Week 17: Sunday, December 30th, at San Francisco 49ers, 1:15 PM PT

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Arizona Cardinals Should Look At Riley Reiff, Melvin Ingram, Courtney Upshaw, Michael Floyd

The Arizona Cardinals might be coming close to making a decision. One beat writer has an idea on who the Cardinals might pick.

Why would the Cardinals want any of these prospects? They would all help upgrade discernible weaknesses for Arizona.

  • Reiff gives Arizona an immediate tackle prospect to anchor on one side of the line to better protect their quarterbacks.
  • Upshaw and Ingram are probably two of the best pass rushers out there to help give Arizona's defense more pop.
  • Floyd gives Larry Fitzgerald a partner on the other side as a second option for wide receivers.

To talk about who the Cardinals should draft in the 2012 NFL Draft, head on over to Revenge of the Birds. To learn more about the prospects the Cardinals are interested in, head to Black Heart Gold Pants to talk to Iowa fans about Reiff, Roll Bama Roll to talk to Alabama fans about Upshaw, Garnet and Black Attack to talk to South Carolina fans about Ingram, or One Foot Down to talk to Notre Dame fans about Floyd.

You can get more coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft on our SB Nation YouTube coverage dedicated to the event by checking out the videos below.


Kevin Kolb Talks About Peyton Manning, His Health And More

Kevin Kolb had a humbling summer. After finishing his season early due to injury, Kolb then watched an offseason filled with speculation over the Arizona Cardinals possibly adding Peyton Manning to the roster. But with all of that seemingly behind him, Kolb sat down with XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix to discuss various things surrounding the upcoming season and it looks like his head is in the right place.

On dealing with the Peyton Manning situation:

"Obviously with some of the stuff that's gone on at my position, it's good to put it behind us and move forward and focus on winning games. That's the most important thing."

On how long he felt concussion symptoms after the season ended:

"It lingered for about three weeks - if I remember correctly - once I went back home. And that was a little longer than I expected. But a-okay now, everything's checked out. I feel back to normal"

On having a full offseason to work with this time around:

"Oh, it's huge. I mean, everybody was dealt a different role last year. And that's something you just gotta adjust and go on with. But it is nice. It's nice not only for the reasons that are apparent as far as OTAs and practices and going through the playbook and running through cut-ups. This time of year is for fine detail. ...But I think one thing that most people don't realize is, this is where you build chemistry as a team."

For more from Kevin Kolb's interview, go here. And for more on the Cardinals offseason, check out Revenge of the Birds.


Arizona Cardinals Preseason Schedule Dates And Times

The Arizona Cardinals released the official dates and times for their five preseason games this coming fall. Highlighting the schedule is the Cardinals' second-to-last preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on August 23rd. The Friday night game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Another notable game is the team's August 5th meeting with the New Orleans Saints. This game kicks off the 2012 NFL preseason and will be televised on the NFL Network. The team will announce its regular season schedule on Tuesday at 4:00 pm PT.

2012 Arizona Cardinals Preseason Schedule:

Sunday, August 5th, 5:00 pm PT vs. New Orleans Saints

Friday, August 10th, 5:00 pm PT at Kansas City Chiefs

Friday, August 17th, 7:00 pm PT vs. Oakland Raiders

Thursday, August 23rd, 5:00 pm PT at Tennessee Titans

Thursday, August 30th, 8:00 pm PT vs. Denver Broncos

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Calais Campbell Will Likely Sit Out Voluntary Cardinals Workouts

The Arizona Cardinals are gearing up for the upcoming season and will begin their offseason workouts this week. One of their key players may not be present for any of the upcoming voluntary team workouts.

According to Darren Urban at the official Arizona Cardinals blog, defensive end Calais Campbell will not be attending any workouts until he can work out a deal with the team. The Cardinals opted to apply their franchise tag to Campbell in the offseason, but the player has not yet signed his tender.

Asked if he was planning to come this week, Campbell said in text message "Not until I sign a deal and that hasn't happened yet so hopefully soon but not yet."

There are some other notable players around the league who have also not signed their franchise tenders, but unlike those cases, Campbell is being communicative about the issue. He sounds upbeat and optimistic about the situation and the two sides have until July 16 to work out a potential long-term deal

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Arizona Cardinals To Begin Offseason Schedule

After a somewhat boring offseason involving free agency, the players for the Arizona Cardinals officially are back at work on Monday, albeit in a voluntary capacity. On Monday, Arizona will begin their offseason workouts, the first of three stages of the offseason.

For the next two weeks, only strength and conditioning coach John Lott will be able to work with the players. They cannot wear pads or helmets. In fact, unless there are quarterbacks throws to receivers (uncovered).

The players, who don't start collecting paychecks for their contracts until the regular season begins, will get paid $155 per day for the workouts, as long as they work out at least three of the four days.

For rules compliance, the NFL requires that teams film these offseason drills and they must save those videos until 30 days of the regular season have passed.

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Arizona Cardinals Reportedly Have Almost No Cap Space Left

The Arizona Cardinals have made a lot of solid free agent acquisitions this offseason, but it might come at the cost of having to let some current members of their team go. They appear to have very little money left over that could go to signing any new free agents, or even their draft picks on the rookie pay scale.

In fact, the Cardinals rank dead-last in remaining cap space, and they'll have to do a lot of But it's a pretty wide gap between the team with the second-least amount of cap space and the least. Aaron Wilson of RavensInsider has this report.

If this report does end up being true, Arizona might have to let go of several players on their original roster overall.

To talk about the cap space situation with Cardinals fans, head on over to Revenge of the Birds.

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Arizona Cardinals Offseason Dates Announced

The Arizona Cardinals are heading into the meat of their offseason. Here's what happening with this team the next few weeks, according to the reports from Darren Urban from the team website:

April 16: Strength and conditioning begins for the team players.

April 26-28: The NFL Draft takes place in New York City. The Cardinals have the 13th pick in the first round.

May 11-13: Mini-camp for the new rookies taken in the NFL Draft takes place, with five practices taking place over three days.

May 14: Cardinals Charities Golf Tournament at Whirlwind Golf Club

May 22-24, May 29-31, June 4-7: Voluntary organized team activities with veterans and rookies. These are where the OTAs take place, which are generally voluntary but helpful to new players.

June 12-14: Mini-camp for veterans and rookies begins. Five practices over three days and is probably mandatory.

June 24-27: NFL Rookie Symposium takes place.

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Arizona Cardinals Sign James Sanders

The Arizona Cardinals had been pursuing safety James Sanders, including hosting him a few days ago. The free agent safety had spent his last season with the Atlanta Falcons, but his best days are behind him.

It appears they made enough of an impression for Sanders to make a deal with Arizona. He tweeted the following earlier.

How Sanders fits into Arizona's overall picture is uncertain. Sanders hasn't really played special teams and Hamza Abdullah remains unsigned. It's unclear whether Sanders will be devoted to either special teams or whether his primary job will be to fill in a position on the two-deep at safety. It's unclear how he'll be used defensively, as the Cardinals have only used three safeties in their rotation really the past couple of years

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Arizona Cardinals 2012 Preseason Schedule: Cardinals Play Saints In Hall Of Fame Game

The NFL Preseason schedule has been announced and the Arizona Cardinals have drawn the Pro Football Hall Of Fame game against The New Orleans Saints.

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