11-3-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Kolb Still Hurting

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Time for more links, which mostly involve Kolb's massively swollen foot. The Cardinals are also wearing their black jerseys on Sunday so everyone can match the current color of Kolb's toe.

Also an amusing link from Deadspin on how the comments section of a Tebow story on ESPN has now turned into a ton of people spamming the new "X > Tebow" fad, and the poor soul that has to try to delete all of those comments. Watching the comments on that story, there is literally a new one every second.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb still battling toe injury
Kevin Kolb's first priority is doing everything possible to become healthy enough to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. In the meantime, can someone do him a favor and come up with a better name for his injury than "turf toe?" As the Cardinals' starting quarterback said on his weekly appearance on KGME-AM (910), it makes him sound like a "weenie." "I remember Deion Sanders was the first one I have ever saw that had 'turf toe,' and I was thinking the same thing as a fan: 'What? Why is (he) out for two weeks with a turf toe?' " Kolb said. "Then you get one and realize it's a little more painful than it comes across as." Kolb didn't practice Wednesday but did move from a walking boot to an unlaced tennis shoe. "Progress," he said.

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: Quarterback Kevin Kolb shed his walking boot Wednesday and has a better chance to start Sunday as a result. He did not practice. Kolb played most of the team's game at Baltimore with a turf-toe injury. The Cardinals should be able to lean on their ground game against St. Louis. That could help Kolb get through a game at less than full strength. Backup John Skelton had a 2-2 record as a starter last season. Top running back Beanie Wells is hurting, but he ran hard against Baltimore's rugged defense, playing 54.7 percent of offensive snaps despite a bad knee. Coach Ken Whisenhunt called Wells a "tough sucker" and said he expected Wells to be ready against the Rams as well. Tight end Todd Heap is expected back from a hamstring injury, but much depends on how he fares during practices. Fullback Anthony Sherman's ankle injury led the team to bring back Reagan Maui'a, who knows the offense and should be able to function. Backup tight end Jim Dray helped out at fullback last week.

Kolb's Day-To-Day Wait
Notebook: QB deals with toe injury; Beanie sits but is "OK"; Maui'a returns

Two Different Paths To The QB
Rising pass rushers Acho and Schofield mesh well despite differences

Word From the Birds Blog - Black shirts return Sunday
It’s not a huge surprise, since NFL rules dictate that this is the last opportunity the Cardinals have to wear their alternate third jersey, but the Cardinals will wear their black uniforms for a second and final time Sunday against the Rams. New NFL guidelines say those uniforms can’t be worn after flex scheduling begins, and that starts next week. Since the Cards had only four home games with which to choose the alternate jersey — and one was against the normally-black-clad Steelers, and the other was the season opener, which seems to ask for traditional colors — that left the Giants and the Rams games.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Beanie Wells in a difficult "cycle"
-- Running back Beanie Wells said after last Sunday's game that his right knee ailment would be something he would have to manage all season. That was the case on Wednesday. Wells didn't practice, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said the running back "is going to be in this cycle where he works back into shape for the game every week. He's going to be limited or work through things earlier in the week and he'll get more (work) as the week progresses."

Taking stock: NFC West defensive rookies - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Late-round find. The Cardinals have been pleased with sixth-round defensive lineman David Carter, even though another sixth-rounder, Quan Sturdivant, came to the team with higher expectations for making an immediate impact. Carter has pushed 2010 first-round pick Dan Williams for playing time. Williams has 152 snaps. Carter has 105.

Which running backs see eight-man fronts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Separately, the Cardinals' Beanie Wells has gained 51.6 percent of his 506 total yards after contact, the highest percentage among the four primary backs in the division. Seattle's Marshawn Lynch is next at 48.3 percent, followed by the St. Louis Rams' Steven Jackson (36.9) and Gore (35.0). Those numbers reflect a back's power and also how much running room he enjoys initially.

Fullback Reagan Maui'a happy to be back with Arizona Cardinals
No Cardinals player was happier to be in the locker room Wednesday than fullback Reagan Maui'a. He rejoined the team Tuesday because fullback Anthony Sherman suffered an ankle injury Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Are the Cardinals worse than last year? - ArizonaSports.com
ArizonaSports.com's very own Mark Asher penned a column today that pointed out the things that he now knows about the 2011 NFL season. The first item was this:

Familiarity will help Skelton if called upon - ArizonaSports.com
With Kevin Kolb still battling turf-toe and sitting out of practice, the likelihood of backup John Skelton starting on Sunday seems to be growing. If that is the case for the Cardinals, they will at least bring in a backup who already has some experience within the offensive system.

Kolb doesn't practice, but making progress - ArizonaSports.com
Despite missing practice on Wednesday, the report from Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is that Kevin Kolb continues to make progress on his turf-toe injury.

What if Skelton plays and outshines Kolb? - ArizonaSports.com
When the Cardinals traded away a starting cornerback and a second round pick for Kevin Kolb, the days of the backup quarterback being the most popular player on the team were supposed to be over. But a turf-toe injury has prevented Kevin Kolb from practicing, and the QB may find himself watching the game from the sidelines for the first time this season. Which brings us full circle to the Cardinals new annual tradition of the what-if quarterback dilemma.

Misses in the draft are costing the Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
It's no secret the draft can lay the foundation for a successful football team, provided it nets an organization quality players year after year. That the Cardinals are struggling now should be no surprise, as the team has not landed enough impact players in recent years. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, mistakes in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009 really stand out.

NFL.com news: Newton would still be top pick, but other QBs rise in re-draft
5. Arizona Cardinals Actual pick -- Patrick Peterson Adjusted pick -- Christian Ponder: History says it's far easier to find a corner than a quarterback. Ponder has played really well in his two starts and his lack of arm strength would be mitigated by the fact that the Cardinals play indoors. He's very smart and recognizes things quickly. Peterson has started seven games and taken back two punts for touchdowns, but when you have continued issues under center that has to be your top priority. This also would have allowed the Cardinals to bypass the Kevin Kolb trade.

Kevin Kolb isn’t a big fan of the "turf toe" diagnosis | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb has turf toe. And he doesn’t like that. Not just because he prefers to be healthy. Kolb doesn’t like the name. On Wednesday, he told KGME-AM radio (via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic) that the term "turf toe" makes him sound like a "weenie." "I remember Deion Sanders was the first one I have ever saw that had ‘turf toe,’ and I was thinking the same thing as a fan: ‘What? Why is [he] out for two weeks with a turf toe?‘" Kolb said. "Then you get one and realize it’s a little more painful than it comes across as."

Kevin Kolb looks unlikely to face Rams | ProFootballTalk
Be careful what you wish for, Cardinals fans. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Kevin Kolb is unlikely to play against the Rams Sunday because of his turf toe. Even if that makes him sound like a "weenie."

In ranking QBs, Kevin Kolb is near the bottom - ArizonaSports.com
Kevin Kolb has completed 129 of 227 passes for 1,706 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in his first seven games as a Cardinal, numbers that don't exactly put him among the NFL's elite. However, in a season that has been highlighted by incredible offensive displays and quality QB play, Kolb's struggles put him near the bottom of the NFL. At least, that's how Sports Illustrate's Jim Trotter feels, as he ranked Kolb 24th...out of 32 signal callers.

Should Cardinals Look To Defense To Spark Offense? | Football Nation
Rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson has electrified the crowd twice already, taking back punt returns of 82 and 89 yards for touchdown in his first seven games as a professional. You might think that punt returns are far different than running routes, catching passes and making your way through a defense; and you’d be right. However, Peterson has been compared to Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, who was used from time to time as a slot receiver for the Cowboys during their heyday.

Cardinals Underground - STL Preview
Paul Calvisi, Ron Wolfley, and Darren Urban talk about QB Kevin Kolb and his toe injury, potential lineup changes, and the match-up with the Rams.

Cards Daily - With Kolb Ailing, Skelton Prepares
While QB Kevin Kolb's injured toe continues to improve, John Skelton prepares to play if called upon.

Arizona Sports News:

Goalie Mike Smith, Radim Vrbata lead Phoenix Coyotes to victory over Colorado Avalanche
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith paraded around the dressing room with a flashy replica of a championship belt slung over his right shoulder. It was an easy giveaway for anyone wondering who the Player of the Game was for Phoenix. Not that there was much room for debate. Smith was cool under pressure as he stopped 39 shots to lift the Coyotes to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Justin Upton, Daniel Hudson earn Silver Slugger Awards
Arizona Diamondbacks' outfielder Justin Upton and right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson have been named the Louisville Slugger 2011 Silver Slugger Award recipients for the National League at outfielder and pitcher, respectively, as announced by Louisville Slugger.

Arizona Diamondbacks agree to terms with John McDonald
The Diamondbacks purchased an insurance policy at shortstop Wednesday, agreeing to terms with defensive specialist John McDonald on a two-year deal. McDonald, whom the team acquired from Toronto in August along with second baseman Aaron Hill, had filed for free agency earlier this week. Shortstop Stephen Drew still is rehabbing from the season-ending ankle injury he suffered in July, and his status for Opening Day remains up in the air. Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers said last month that he wanted to prepare for the possibility that Drew wouldn't be ready to start the season on time.

NFL News:

NFL power rankings - Week 9
Here is an updated version of NFL Power Rankings as we get ready for Week 9. I'll update them every Tuesday throughout the season. Previous rankings in parenthesis:

2011 NFL Midseason Awards: Aaron Rodgers And Packers Dominate The Halfway Point - SBNation.com
Through eight weeks of NFL action, there are plenty of stories to tell, but only a few players and a few teams are worthy of special recognition and a few fake trophies. SB Nation's midseason awards takes a look at the best players and best teams, as well as the worst and most disappointing teams.

Year Of The Rookie: Cam Newton And The Long, Strange Trip Of Football's New Icon - SBNation.com
It's been exactly one year since Cam Newton became the most polarizing player in college football, and 12 months later the entire NFL is in love. So as the NFL toasts its new star, let's look back at the past year and what it says about Newton now.

Mickey Rourke and Rex Grossman Are Soul Mates - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
This will not shock you in the least, but Mickey Rourke's favorite quarterback in the NFL is Rex Grossman. It makes sense: both enjoyed success early in their careers, have struggled in their journey to maturity, and have taken beatings in public in the name of art. (Rourke for cinema in The Wrestler, and Rex Grossman in the Bears 2007 offense.) Video of Rourke pledging allegiance to the Sex Cannon is after the jump.

Rams' evolving offense with Brandon Lloyd - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Brandon Lloyd's arrival in St. Louis has coincided with Steven Jackson's fuller return to health over the past two weeks. The offense has gone through quite a transition.

How Contempt For Tim Tebow Caused An ESPN.com Commenter Revolution
How Contempt For Tim Tebow Caused An ESPN.com Commenter RevolutionThe ESPN.com comment section is a den of iniquity and misspelling, and for the world's largest sports site, it's curiously inessential. The open registration means the discourse tends toward lowest common denominator, and it's too big to engender much sense of community. But once in a long while the disparate masses are united by a polarizing figure. This week, one Mr. Tim Tebow has worked that miracle.

ESPN.com Moderators Launching Tet Offensive Against "X > Tebow" Right Now
ESPN.com Moderators Launching Tet Offensive Against "X > Tebow" Right NowGo to the Tebow column's comments, and make sure you've got it set to "live." You can see the poor mods deleting every single "X > Tebow" comment in real time. They've worked their way back to yesterday, but still have a day and a half more to go.

OccupyTebow Enters Day Four; ESPN.com Admits Defeat
The sit-in at ESPN.com continues unmolested, as the overworked mods have apparently ceded the comment section to mob rule. Meanwhile, people who should know better still don't realize this has long stopped being an attack on Tebow himself, or even draconian comment moderation on a site that's more than happy to contribute to the oversaturation of Tebow when it suits them. This is bigger than all of them now: it's a meme, which needs no end other than itself. "X > Tebow" is as much about Tebow as Nyan Cat is about Pop-Tarts.

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