5-19-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Beanies Knee

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Time for todays links, which after a slow day doesn't have much of note to report. Something on the health of Beanies knee though.

Also, welcome back to the D-Backs Chris Young. You have been missed in your absence.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Word From the Birds Blog | Beanie working his way back
One of the Cards’ rehabbing running backs hasn’t been shy to talk about his comeback. The other has never been big on talking much about his dings and dents, but Beanie Wells said he is "coming along" after his offseason knee surgery. "I’m rehabbing, just trying to get back," Wells said. He said he doesn’t know his timetable for his return to the field. Wells has been at the facility, and on days where the veterans have gone out as an offense to work on passing routes, Wells has joined them outside even though he can’t take part. His ability to take part in organized team activities and/or minicamp is to be announced.

Sprinting Out Of Nowhere
Arukwe turns speed and brief college career into NFL opportunity

Bad refs are a natural part of Arizona sports - ArizonaSports.com
The Cardinals, in the Super Bowl? Yes, it happened. We don't need to rehash what went down in Tampa Bay that night. Everyone knows the Cardinals got off to a slow start, took a late lead and then watched Ben Whatshisname lead a scoring drive for the win. And really, losing the Super Bowl is bad enough, but when some highly-questionable calls go against you and directly contribute to the outcome? That's a little tough to handle.

Chat wrap: 'Sando is never gonna man up' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
EDTGO from New York asks whether projections for Flynn dovetail with projections for Kevin Kolb a year ago.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks defeat Kansas City Royals to open series
He had only been activated from the disabled list, but considering he had spent a full month there, Chris Young likened the transaction to something even bigger. "I feel like I just got called up (from the minors)," the Diamondbacks center fielder said. Young returned to the lineup designated hitter Friday night and helped the Diamondbacks open interleague play with a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. His two-run double in the sixth inning off starter Luis Mendoza helped Arizona take a 4-3 lead, and the Diamondbacks hung on to win consecutive games for the first time since the end of April. Justin Upton had two hits, an RBI and scored three runs -- a first by a Diamondbacks player this year -- and Miguel Montero added three RBIs, including a two-run double in the eighth that gave the Diamondbacks the lead for good. Willie Bloomquist added three singles.

Several issues have Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett frustrated
Dave Tippett looked defeated. It is hard being a master tactician. You're used to fixing things, controlling things. Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Kings in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals confirmed, however, there are some things simply out of the Coyotes coach's control.

Diamondbacks reinstate Chris Young, send A.J. Pollock to Reno
The Diamondbacks reinstated outfielder Chris Young Friday afternoon from the 15-day disabled list, and he is expected to join the team in Kansas City for tonight's game. Also, the team optioned outfielder A.J. Pollock to Triple-A Reno.

NFL News:

Packers plan to wait a year or two before retiring Favre’s number | ProFootballTalk
No one will ever again wear No. 4 in a Green Bay Packers uniform, so for all intents and purposes Brett Favre’s number has been retired. But the Packers aren’t ready to retire Favre’s number formally just yet.

Calvin Johnson Ready For Second Career As Baseball Player - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
We're not saying Calvin Johnson could be the football equivalent of Michael Jordan and switch sports at some point in his career. But, hypothetically, if he did, he might do well on the baseball field. He's athletic, has excellent hand-eye coordination and he's quite fast. And as we found out on Friday, he can sock some dingers! Video after the jump.

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