8-30-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Toler To IR

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We start off the links for today with the news that Greg Toler will be out for the season with a torn ACL. Huge loss for the Cardinals at what was a position of depth going into the season, even after trading DRC.

The first roster cuts were also made yesterday, the deadline for all the teams to get down to 80 people is at 4:00 ET.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals' Greg Toler out for the season with torn ACL
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and is out for the season. Toler, a starter, suffered the injury last Saturday against the Chargers, and underwent an MRI on Sunday. He is expected to be placed on injured reserve and undergo surgery.

Greg Toler's loss and Cardinals' secondary - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Losing Greg Toler for the season with a torn ACL hurts the Arizona Cardinals at a position of strong depth. Toler, the starter at right cornerback, suffered a non-contact injury when he stepped awkwardly during the team's preseason game against San Diego on Saturday night. Richard Marshall, Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson give the Cardinals three cornerbacks they feel comfortable playing extensively in the regular season.

Quick look at Cardinals' 80-man roster - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals are the first NFC West team to announce roster moves made to comply with the Tuesday deadline for 80-man rosters.

Beating The Heat
Notebook: Temps bring mental toughness; Fitz to lose weight

Drawing Three At The Corner
With Toler injury, Cards counting on Jefferson, Peterson, Marshall

Cardinals QB Kolb ready to face Carolina Panthers - ArizonaSports.com
The regular season is just about two weeks away and Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb is already preparing for the opener. The Cardinals open up at home against the Carolina Panthers on September 11, and Kolb has begun the process of reviewing game film.

Cardinals' trades come back to haunt team - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals made a couple of trades during the offseason, sending Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Tim Hightower to Philadelphia and Washington, respectively. The moves made sense, as the team had depth the cornerback and running back positions, and the trades were used to help fill holes the team had. Oops.

Bears RB Taylor would look good in Cardinals uniform - ArizonaSports.com
A report from the Chicago Sun-Times stated that the Bears are close to releasing running back Chester Taylor. Ron Wolfey from Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf show thinks the Arizona Cardinals would be wise to check out the veteran back.

Injuries could force young corners into action for the Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt is not going to let the recent rash of injuries distract the team from focusing on the ultimate goal: Super Bowl. "It's part of the game," Whisenhunt said of injuries. "It happens all over the league." After news broke that CB Greg Toler will be out for the season, Whisenhunt cited last season's champions as an example of a team playing through injuries.

Daryl Johnston on Kolb and NFC West champs - ArizonaSports.com
Former Dallas Cowboy great and current Fox NFL analyst Daryl Johnston likes the Arizona Cardinals' pick up of Kevin Kolb, but isn't convinced that the team will run away with NFC West crown.

Cardinals add cornerback Fred Bennett - ArizonaSports.com
The Cardinals didn't need much time to find a replacement for Greg Toler, signing veteran Fred Bennett late Monday.

Patrick Peterson makes me ask 'Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who?' - ArizonaSports.com
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who? It took one play on Saturday night to make me, and most fans, ask that same question and it wasn't just because I have bad memory. That single snap just happened to be one of Patrick Peterson's first as a member of the Arizona Cardinals starting defensive unit -- thanks to a torn left ACL suffered by starter Greg Toler -- and he made the most of it.

Word From the Birds Blog - Toler out for season; Komar among cuts
Cornerback Greg Toler was "praying" for a light ACL sprain when he went in to have an MRI of his left knee Sunday. His prayers weren’t answered. Toler — who tore his ACL on a non-contact play Saturday against the Chargers — was placed on injured reserve Monday, ending his season. The Toler move was one of 10 the Cards made to reduce the roster to the required 80 heading into the final week of the preseason. It’s a painful one too, since Toler was starting. It’s a good thing A.J. Jefferson has been playing so well, and it puts rookie Patrick Peterson — and veteran Richard Marshall — squarely in the spotlight as the Cards’ top three corners.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Some bad luck
Cornerback Greg Toler suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in last Saturday's game and was placed on injured reserve Monday. Running back Ryan Williams (knee) also was placed on injured reserve. Curiously, both Toler and Williams figured to play big roles on this team partly because of trades. The Cardinals traded Tim Hightower to the Redskins and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Monday post-practice
-- If Ken Whisenhunt has decided upon Greg Toler's replacement, he's not saying. Whisenhunt said both Richard Marshall and Patrick Peterson are in contention. Now that practice is closed to the public, media are not allowed to report what happens in practice. So I can't tell you which player ran with the starters on Monday. I'm not sure it matters right now, anyway. Let's see how the next two weeks play out.

-- Whisenhunt said the team will look for cornerback help and running back help, but feels no immediate need to obtain it. That's pretty much the standard line. I don't think cornerback is as great a need. In addition to Marshall and Peterson, Mike Adams is returning from knee surgery soon. At running back, however, the team could use a No. 2.

Arizona Cardinals DB Greg Toler out for the season - ArizonaSports.com
Well that's not good. The Arizona Cardinals have lost cornerback Greg Toler to a torn ACL, an injury suffered in Saturday's preseason loss to the Chargers. He has been placed on injured reserve.

Word From the Birds Blog - An eye open, but no rush to add
The loss of cornerback Greg Toler to a knee injury is a blow, and it’s a tough coincidence that the two good players the Cards dealt in trades — Tim Hightower and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie — happen to play the positions where the two season-ending injuries occurred with Toler and Ryan Williams. In the meantime, coach Ken Whisenhunt continued to say the same thing: The Cards will keep an eye on who is available, but in neither case are they definitely going to add someone.

Arizona Cardinals inlude Komar among roster cuts - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals made their first batch of roster cuts Monday. The team trimmed its roster to 80 players, a limit that all teams have to meet by Tuesday afternoon. The most notable move was waiving wide receiver Max Komar, who recorded 12 catches for 117 yards last season.

Greg Toler, starting Cardinals cornerback, suffers torn ACL | ProFootballTalk
The Arizona Cardinals have taken a major hit in the secondary.

Cards Daily: Opportunity Knocks for Young CB's - Video
Coach Whisenhunt wants to see young players step up in the wake of the season ending knee injury suffered by CB Greg Toler. Plus, QB Kevin Kolb and some of his teammates talk about having the pieces in place to be a successful team in 2011.

Wired: OLB O'Brien Schofield @ GB - Video
OLB O'Brien Schofield was wired for sound when the Cardinals traveled to Green Bay to take on the Packers. Check out the intensity on the field as the second year player makes strides in Ray Horton's defense.

Larry's Legacy: The Next Chapter - Video
The new contract signed by Larry Fitzgerald allows the star wide receiver to grow his legacy as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. Paul Calvisi reports.

Arizona Sports News:

Daniel Hudson, Ryan Roberts lift Arizona Diamondbacks over Colorado Rockies
Daniel Hudson had a lot of help - a leadoff home run from Ryan Roberts, a jaw-dropping catch by center fielder Chris Young and a big inning in which he played a part. He also brought his "A" game to the mound. The right-hander (14-9) triggered a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night in front of 19,478 at Chase Field, propelling the Diamondbacks to their seventh win in a row. They held a four-game NL West lead over San Francisco entering the game. The Giants faced the Chicago Cubs late Monday night.

Phoenix Coyotes trade Lee Stempniak to Calgary Flames for Daymond Langkow
The Coyotes acquired Daymond Langkow from the Calgary Flames Monday in exchange for Lee Stempniak.

NFL News:

Michael Vick's Eagles Contract Extension Worth $100 Million - SBNation.com
More than a few "Hey look, Michael Vick is back" moments have come and gone by now, but this might be the biggest one yet: the Philadelphia Eagles have secured the quarterback's services for the next six years on a $100 million contract, with Michael Lombardi reporting $40 million of that deal is guaranteed.

Jeremy Shockey saves Carolina Panthers teammate from choking, agent says - ESPN
Jeremy Shockey saved Ben Hartsock's life by saving him from choking in the Panthers' lunch room Monday.

Injuries, ejections mar Giants-Jets game | ProFootballTalk
It’s our last preseason game recap for the third preseason week.

Cedric Benson Sentenced To 20 Days In Jail - SBNation.com
Cedric Benson will be spending the Cincinnati Bengals bye week in jail. The Austin-American Statesman reports Benson pleaded no contest to an incident in which he allegedly assaulted an employee of a bar in Austin, Texas and was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Peyton Hillis hands off Madden 12 game to Cleveland Browns - ESPN
Peyton Hillis passed out advance copies of Madden 12, the popular football video game, in Cleveland's locker room.

On the Seahawks' Kelly Jennings trade - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five quick notes/thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' trading cornerback Kelly Jennings to Cincinnati for defensive tackle Clinton McDonald:

Raiders provide a different view of the Black Hole | ProFootballTalk
The recent ugliness between 49ers and Raiders fans has prompted plenty of criticism of those who root for Oakland’s NFL team, even though the incident occurred at Candlestick Park. CEO Amy Trask spoke out last week against efforts to paint with a broad brush those who may be inclined to paint their faces silver and/or black.

Vernon Gholston Among Chicago Bears Roster Cuts - SBNation.com
The Chicago Bears released several players to get down to the 80-man roster limit, including former New York Jets LB Vernon Gholston.

Andre Gurode Released By Dallas Cowboys As NFL Roster Cut Deadline Nears - SBNation.com
In a move that doesn't come completely out of the blue, the Dallas Cowboys released C Andre Gurode on Monday. The Cowboys were reportedly asking him to take a pay cut in order to remain on the team, which he apparently declined, so the team released him.

Which 2011 first-round picks are starting - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Twenty-one 2011 first-round draft picks have started at least one preseason game this summer.

Sam Bradford’s charm brings a young lady to tears - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Without even speaking to her or looking at her face, quarterback Sam Bradford made a woman cry. That signature of his must be magical.

Niners nearly violate PUP rules with Crabtree | ProFootballTalk
49ers receiver Michael Crabtree remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list. If he’s not activated by Saturday, he’ll remain there for at least six weeks. And since he hasn’t been activated yet, he can’t practice with the team. On Monday, he almost did.

Where NFC West teams stand near deadline - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL teams have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to comply with 80-man roster limits. Teams must reduce to 53 players by Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

All three Florida teams facing blackouts | ProFootballTalk
It’s a given that some, most, or all of the Buccaneers’ 2011 home games won’t be televised locally. The Jaguars once again are in jeopardy of having their games blacked out in their home market, too. So why not go for the Trifecta?

NFLN made a run at Trey Wingo | ProFootballTalk
With Rich Eisen leaving NFL Network’s Total Access and the teams of Andrew Siciliano and Kara Henderson (Monday through Thursday) and Scott Hanson and Lindsay Soto (Friday and Saturday) replacing him, there’s a little bit more to the story. Per a media source with knowledge of the situation, NFLN made a run at ESPN’s Trey Wingo. He ultimately decided to stay put in Bristol.

Madden NFL 12 ‘Club 100′ Ratings Winners | pastapadre.com
With all the extensive coverage of Madden NFL 12 at the end of last week, along with the availability to play via the ‘Season Ticket’, the announcement of the ‘Club 100′ winners understandably got pushed to the side. Now though lets take a look at the five players who won the right through a vote to receive the coveted 100 rating in a particular category.

NFL Game Recaps:

New York Jets vs New York Giants Recap - August 29, 2011 - NFL - SB Nation
Mark Sanchez threw for 64 yards and a touchdown as the Jets took a 17-3 preseason victory over the Giants.

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