9-18-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 12: Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals lays on the ground after being sacked against the St. Louis Rams during the NFL season opener at the Edward Jones Dome on September 12 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Rams 17-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Some quick links before all of the College games start.

Injuries continue to plague Wells, Doucet
Injuries are part of life in the NFL, and the Cardinals are no exception to the rule. Given the violent contact endured by players throughout the 16-game regular season, bumps, bruises and even concussions are now normal occurrences around the league.

KTAR.com - Gambo: A win that changed a franchise
The Arizona Cardinals take to the road to face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and for many Cardinals players it will bring back great memories. Just 21 months ago the Cardinals faced the Falcons in a first-round playoff game in front of a sold-out home crowd and came away with a 30-24 victory that propelled them to a Super Bowl appearance.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons: Five Things for Arizona To Win | Bleacher Report
It feels really good to be going into this game 1-0. It really, really does.

Just one week into the 2010 NFL season and there are plenty of reminders about how important durability is - ESPN
In recent seasons, debates about the NFL's best safeties have consistently revolved around Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu, Baltimore's Ed Reed and Indianapolis' Bob Sanders. Those debates sometimes omit Arizona's Adrian Wilson, and that's a shame. He has evolved into arguably the game's top safety. In Arizona's Week 1 game against the Rams, Wilson became the first player since Julius Peppers in 2004 to have a sack, interception and blocked field goal in the same game. In 2009, his ninth season as a Cardinal, Wilson started all 18 games played. It was the first time he has played in all 16 regular-season games since 2006. Polamalu didn't finish last season, and Reed and Sanders already have missed time this season. Wilson should become a fixture in conversations about the game's best safeties.

Arizona Cardinals' Tim Hightower addressing fumble issue head-on
Tim Hightower's locker at the Cardinals' headquarters in Tempe is only a few yards away from the shower, where he could have taken refuge this week from all the reporters asking questions about his fumbling.

Friday before the Falcons
On road trips, I always write the "aftermath" blog on the plane. Not often that I’m writing the "Friday before" blog on the plane too, but that’s what happens when the team leaves a day early to make sure they are used to the time change for Sunday’s game.

Rookie Stephen Williams could see extended action in Cardinals game against Falcons Sunday - Phoenix arizona cardinals | Examiner.com
The Arizona Cardinals got bad news Thursday when it was confirmed that number three receiver Early Doucet would be sidelined for up to eight weeks after surgery for a sports hernia. This means that rookie receiver Stephen Williams will likely see extended playing time when the Cardinals take the field Sunday against the Falcons.

An Underdog Weekend In Arizona For Cardinals, Suns Devils And Wildcats - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Arizona teams seem to have a reoccurring problem with being criminally underrated. Sure, we don't win championships, but still, we usually have winning teams. I don't know why it happens. East-coast bias? A sacrifice to the sports gods gone wrong? Who knows?

Cards DT Dockett Fined $5,000 For Pre-Game Tweet - SB Nation Arizona
Well, the league handed down its punishment. Darnell Dockett will have to pay $5,000 for tweeting "AMEN!" within the 90-minutes-before-kick-off no-tweet zone.

Darnell Dockett gets $5,000 Twitter fine | ProFootballTalk.com
On Sunday, Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett posted an entry on his Twitter page 20 minutes before kickoff of the team's game against the Rams. It was an obvious violation of league rules, which prohibit the use of social media 90 minutes before the start of a game.

NFL fines Cardinals, not two others - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL fined Arizona Cardinals defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett $5,000 apiece for their actions in Week 1.

Beanie Wells Questionable For Cardinals Due To Knee Injury - SB Nation Arizona
Yesterday, the plan was for Beanie Wells to get a full practice today in preparation for Sunday's Cardinals game against the Atlanta Falcons. Today, we learned that Wells was once again limited and his knee continues to swell after working out.

Cardinals Calais Campbell Fined For Mystery Hit On Sam Bradford - SB Nation Arizona
The NFL has fined Calais Campbell $5,000 for a Roughing the Passer hit on Sam Bradford in the third quarter of the Cardinals-Rams game. No one can seem to recall the play and there’s no video evidence of the hit readily available, which makes us ask what exactly he got fined for other than touching the league’s next Chosen One?

Rookie Stephen Williams could see extended action in Cardinals game against Falcons Sunday - Phoenix arizona cardinals | Examiner.com
The Arizona Cardinals got bad news Thursday when it was confirmed that number three receiver Early Doucet would be sidelined for up to eight weeks after surgery for a sports hernia. This means that rookie receiver Stephen Williams will likely see extended playing time when the Cardinals take the field Sunday against the Falcons.

Five questions for Atlanta Falcons Examiner Phil Foley as the Cardinals travel to Alanta in Week 2 - Phoenix arizona cardinals | Examiner.com
Each week during the NFL season, NFL Examiners get together and discuss the upcoming games involving the teams they cover. This week, with the Cardinals traveling to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, we spoke with Atlanta Falcons Examiner Phil Foley. Phil has some interesting observations.

Beanie Wells looks unlikely to help Cardinals | ProFootballTalk.com
We just banged out 15 things to know about the Week Two injury report. Here's No. 16, which seemed worthy of its own post.

First Look - The Ken Whisenhunt Show - Week 2

Mailbag: Assessing Rams' Sam Bradford - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Shawn from Phoenix writes: Sando, you called the Cards' defense vulnerable. Without the two fumbles deep in Rams territory, this wasn't even a game. The Rams had to throw 50 times to get 250 yds passing, and the Cardinals held Jackson to 3.7 yds per carry. The Rams were also max-protecting and still gave up two sacks. The loss of Antrel Rolle is the most overrated of the offseason, and Karlos Dansby never made a Pro Bowl. Watched the game and despite four fumbles, the defense gave up 13 points and that's vulnerable? You're nuts!

Cardinals report (09.17): Wells, Dockett especially hyped for Sunday
Outside of WR Larry Fitzgerald’s knee sprain, RB Beanie Wells has the most-talked-about injury in Arizona. Wells has been nursing a bruised knee and missed the regular-season opener in St. Louis.

Cards-Falcons breakdown: When will Beanie be healthy?
When running back Beanie Wells suffered an ankle injury in his first training-camp practice last season, the Cardinals termed it a freak accident.

Sarkisian: Reggie Bush ‘looks like an idiot again' - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
The USC saga has thrown some interesting consequences into the wind. Pete Carroll is up in Seattle, getting the Seahawks to buy into his positivity. Lane Kiffin is probably wondering why he ever left Tennessee. Vince Young(notes) is still in Tennessee, trying to get ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers and probably getting very tired of answering all those "Would you have accepted the 2005 Heisman Trophy if it hadn't been vacated?" questions. And Reggie Bush(notes), the man whose Heisman award doesn't exist anymore, was probably hoping he didn't scratch his Super Bowl ring when he was packing up the trophy he decided to return (which, of course, was the equivalent of jumping before he was pushed).

NFL.com news: Lions' Johnson hoping for second chance to celebrate a TD
Calvin Johnson is hinting at a special end-zone celebration this weekend -- as long as he scores a touchdown that's allowed to stand, of course.

Epic Singletary video disappears | ProFootballTalk.com
We started the day by pointing out a memorable interview of 49ers coach Mike Singletary, in which he pulls out the term "dad-gum" and pays homage to Drew Rosenhaus by dropping a "next question." Someone at KPIX and/or the 49ers organization apparently didn't think the interview was so memorable. Or, perhaps more accurately, they wanted it to be forgotten.

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