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Time for todays links, with a look at the Cardinals offseason from one of the main NFL writers of this fine site that RotB is a part of.
Cardinals Offseason Report: Seeking Health In The Desert - SBNation.com
After a brief flirtation with Peyton Manning, the Cardinals stuck with the status quo at quarterback. Will their other offseason moves be enough to make a run at a division title in 2012?
Word From the Birds Blog | Pushed by Fitz
The other day, running back Ryan Williams was finishing up with his three sets on the military press — 10 reps each with 50-pound dumbbells — when veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald told Williams he wasn’t done yet. There would be three more sets, with the 80-pound dumbbells. "He don’t let me slack at all," Williams said. "When I say I love working with Fitz and I hate it at the same time, I mean, that’s the best way I could put it."
Fitzgerald: Feel bad for suspended Saints, but Goodell had to act | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald can sympathize with NFL players who are suspended. But that doesn’t mean he thinks the NFL is wrong to do it.
Chris Crocker visiting Lions, Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
Dropped by the Bengals last month after starting every game during the 2011 season, veteran safety Chris Crocker is finally generating some interest.
Zoom: Episode 6 Preview
John Skelton and his brother Steve have been teammates at every level of football including the NFL. On the next episode of Zoom, we'll take a look at their bond both on and off the field.
Arizona Sports News:
Arizona Diamondbacks get swept at home by St. Louis Cardinals
Carlos Beltran's sharp grounder bounced twice, hit off the heel of Diamondbacks third baseman Ryan Roberts' glove and then smoked Roberts in the jugular. The moment sort of summed up the past three days for the Diamondbacks. The best news to come out of Wednesday night's 7-2 loss, which completed a three-game sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals? The Cardinals aren't scheduled to return to Chase Field this season. The Cardinals roster is populated with red-hot hitters, and it seems that no matter whom they have in their lineup on a particular day, any of them is capable of stinging a ball to any part of the ballpark. Another microcosm of the series: In the ninth inning, closer J.J. Putz got an off-balance swing from Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday, and Holliday drilled it high up the wall in center field. The Cardinals offense could not be stopped.
Arizona Diamondbacks' Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs impressing in Double-A
Though Diamondbacks lefty Pat Corbin got the first crack at the big leagues, his former rotation mates at Double-A Mobile are impressing in their own right. Right-hander Trevor Bauer and left-hander Tyler Skaggs both are posting impressive numbers and showing good stuff to go with it, farm director Mike Bell said.
Daron Sutton and Mark Grace secure second date for Romeo Diamondbacks fan | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
With 162 games of airtime to fill, there's a lot of opportunity for baseball's broadcast crews to make mischief during some of the down time, especially in blowouts. Some do it. Some don't. But for my money, there are few better than Arizona's Mark Grace and Daron Sutton. That was evident earlier this week when the pair's audio feed cut out, but they scored more points with a fun situation on Tuesday.
Deuce Lutui sounds hungry, in a good way - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Deuce Lutui, a newcomer to the Seattle Seahawks after six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, brings more to the table than fork and spoon. The longest-tenured guard in the NFC West is an Eagle Scout and a former finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He owns 72 regular-season starts and four more in the playoffs, including one in a Super Bowl. His college teammates once voted him most inspirational player. Prodigious girth has nonetheless defined Lutui's career, to the point that visions of him adopting a vegan diet seemed farcical. They were accurate more in spirit than in fact.
Terrell Suggs Injury: Partial Tear Of Achilles; 4-6 Month Recovery - SBNation.com
The Baltimore Ravens announced on Tuesday night that Terrell Suggs went through successful surgery to repair an injury to his Achilles' tendon, which was suffered on the weekend of the 2012 NFL Draft. What they didn't announce is whether Suggs had a complete or partial tear of his Achilles. Suggs tells the Baltimore Sun that it was only a partial tear, which makes his return to the field in 2012 more realistic.
Jacob Bell Retires; 'Personal Health' A Factor - SBNation.com
Former Rams guard Jacob Bell has announced he will retire from football, citing health concerns among other reasons. The lineman played in the NFL for eight seasons.
Man Sues Jaguars For Copyright Infringement Of Football Tee - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
As an extremely intelligent debate recently reminded us, contemporary Americans are somewhat litigious in nature. Many of us will watch an infomercial or read about an invention and grouse, "Aw, I could have invented that!" and curse our fool luck that we never went to the patent office when we got the idea for the Slap-Chop while eating a bucket of fried chicken (or whatever, I'm just speaking hypothetically). But it is the true trailblazers who will sue someone who they feel has stolen their intellectual property. Today, we salute one of those individuals.
Cris Carter On Bounties: 'I'm Guilty Of It' - SBNation.com
Former NFL receiver Cris Carter admitted to placing bounties on opposing players in his time in the NFL.
On John Beck, Texans finally listen to Kyle Shanahan | ProFootballTalk
Last year, as the Redskins were trying to justify entrusting the quarterback position to Rex Grossman and John Beck, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan claimed that he stood on the table for John Beck in the days preceding the 2007 draft. (Texans G.M. Rick Smith didn’t recall it that way, but why let facts get in the way of rationalizing an ultimately failed strategy?) Still, Shanahan must have said something about Beck that resonated, given that Beck is now a member of the team.
Roddy White: If I can’t walk when I’m 50 it was well worth it | ProFootballTalk
Falcons receiver Roddy White is getting tired of hearing from former NFL players talking about the dangers of playing football.