5-23-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - OTAs, King Injured

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Time for todays links, mainly about the start of OTAs and an injury that was announced.

Also, stuff on what was a sad day for Arizona Sports with the Coyotes playoff run ending and a massive choke by the D-Backs. I have lots of rage at the city of LA right now.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals starting tight end Jeff King on crutches
Arizona Cardinals starting tight end Jeff King is out with a right leg injury. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said King suffered a partially torn quadriceps tendon while working out at the team facility.

The Slow Soaking Process
Cardinals get back to work finally with time to absorb the message

Arizona Cardinals QBs hope full off-season leads to better play
Kevin Kolb chose a water metaphor to describe the learning process he and other Cardinals quarterbacks are going through now compared with last year, when a labor lockout eliminated the off-season. "It's like a slow-soaking process right now," he said, "because we're installing four to five plays today, four to five tomorrow, rather than training camp, when you're getting 16 to 20 at a time." For Kolb, training camp 2011 was more like a dunk tank back home in Texas at a county fair. When Kolb was healthy, he didn't play up to expectations. And he missed seven games due to injuries. This year, the Cardinals are thinking (hoping) that a full off-season of work under new quarterbacks coach John McNulty will mean improved play from Kolb, John Skelton and Rich Bartel.

Arizona Cardinals' Beanie Wells looks to be ready for training camp
Beanie Wells is a power back without a whole lot of wiggle to him. Until you ask about his surgically-repaired right knee. Then he can shake and juke with the best of them. Wells played much of last season with a knee problem. We don't know how significant it was because no details were provided. That's not uncommon during the season. After the season, however, teams and players usually are more open about injuries suffered the previous year. But Wells still isn't providing details, other than it was repaired arthroscopically.

Word From the Birds Blog | King hurt, Beanie rehabs and a good first OTA
The Cardinals had almost everyone on the field today to start OTAs. One man who had hoped to be out there was veteran tight end Jeff King, but it turns out he suffered a partial tear of his quadriceps tendon recently working out at the facility. He had surgery to repair it and is scheduled to return for training camp. UPDATE: King saw this post on Twitter and responded via Twitter: "Will come back stronger…."The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire." "

All eyes on quarterbacks as Cardinals begin OTAs - ArizonaSports.com
You can expect to hear a lot about the battle between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton over the next few months. Both quarterbacks have started for the Cardinals. Both quarterbacks have won games for the Cardinals. Both quarterbacks have potential. Neither quarterback is a proven commodity.

Cardinals RB Wells 'confident' after offseason knee surgery - ArizonaSports.com
Statistically, Beanie Wells had his best season last year as an Arizona Cardinal. He rushed for over a thousand yards (1,047) for the first time in his three- year NFL career, while his 10 touchdowns were one more than he scored in his first two seasons combined. And to think he did all that feeling less than 100-percent. Wells spent much of 2011 dealing with a painful right knee.

Cardinals playing it safe with Beanie Wells - NFC West Blog - ESPN
OK, I'll admit to being hooked on the blow-by-blow Twitter coverage from NFC West organized team activities. Beanie Wells' injury absence from the Arizona Cardinals' practice field came as no shock, but an absence of details did invite ominous thoughts. Had the Cardinals' 1,000-yard rusher undergone a serious procedure calling into question his long-term availability? His agent, Sean Howard, offered comfort for Cardinals fans when reached Tuesday. Howard described the surgery as "a clean-out procedure" and said Wells did not undergo microfracture surgery or any other procedure requiring an extended recovery period.

Injury note: Cards' evolving TE picture - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kellen Winslow isn't the only veteran tight end making news in the NFC West. Jeff King, at times a go-to option for Arizona last season, suffered an apparent leg injury during the Cardinals' organized team activities Tuesday. King was on crutches and declined to discuss what happened, Kent Somers reported.

Cards Welcome OTA's
The Cardinals began organized team activities on Tuesday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt and others were excited to hit the field for the first of ten workouts.

Cards Underground - OTA Preview
Paul Calvisi and Darren Urban talk about the QB battle, the O-Line, OTA’s and much more.

Arizona Sports News:

After gritty effort, Phoenix Coyotes eliminated in Game 5
The fight was there. From puck drop, the Coyotes had the tenacity to compete with the Los Angeles Kings. They had the will to extend this series. They even had the chances to rack up a comfortable lead. But the Coyotes didn't have the execution. Ultimately, that's what keyed their demise -- not only in Game 5 where they fell 4-3 to the Kings in overtime in front of 17,148 at Jobing.com Arena on Tuesday night -- but also in these Western Conference finals which the Kings took 4-1.

Arizona Diamondbacks can't overcome bullpen woes in loss to Los Angeles Dodgers
A loss is a loss, but this one stings. And it might linger. On a night when they rediscovered their offense, the Diamondbacks couldn't overcome their bullpen woes, losing two leads in an 8-7 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday as 25,738 watched at Chase Field. With two out in the ninth, Ivan DeJesus belted a two-run double off closer J.J. Putz, rallying the Dodgers for the second time, giving the visitors their sixth consecutive win. The Diamondbacks coughed up a five-run lead. They also wasted an extraordinary night from Lyle Overbay, who smashed four hits, including a solo home run in the eighth that pushed Arizona back in front, bringing Putz in to close it out. But he couldn't do it, blowing his third save of the season.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan goes off on officials after loss to Kings - ArizonaSports.com
Shane Doan was not happy following his team's 4-3 loss to the Kings, one that eliminated the Coyotes from the postseason. Sure, watching the Kings advance to the Stanley Cup Final would be upsetting enough -- especially when it happens on your home ice -- but that's not what had the captain's attention after the game.

azcentral.com blogs - RichardObertRattlers Blog - RichardObertRattlers - Will NFL soon call Purify?
Rattlers receiver Maurice Purify, 26, just keeps getting better, which makes one think his days with the Arena Football League championship contender could be numbered. That's if an NFL team takes a chance on the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder out of Nebraska.

NFL News:

NFL Rule Changes Include Trade Deadline Extension, IR Exemption - SBNation.com
NFL owners are gathering in Atlanta this week to discuss a number of issues, including a handful of proposal rule changes. Among those changes is a proposal to extend the trade deadline from Week 6 to Week 8, allowing one player on IR to return later that season and making knee and thigh pads mandatory. The votes are in and we have some results.

Cowboys, Redskins Lose In Salary Cap Case - SBNation.com
Earlier this offseason, the NFL stripped the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins of millions of dollars of salary cap space -- $10 million for the Cowboys and $36 million for the Redskins -- for the way in which they structured contracts in the uncapped year. At first glance, it didn't appear that they violated any rules -- all the contracts were approved by the league office -- but the owners still voted not to rescind the penalties against each team.

Bucs Trade Kellen Winslow To Seahawks - SBNation.com
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to have a rebound season in 2012 or, at the very least, a rebuilding one. It will be hard to do worse than their 10-game losing streak that wrapped up their 2011 season. The Bucs have a lot of decisions to make during the offseason and they have already made some significant moves. Their latest move: trading tight end Kellen Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks for an unconditional pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Brees, Saints playing franchise tender chicken | ProFootballTalk
As the Saints launch their Organized Team Activities without the man who organized the team’s lockout activities a year ago, league insiders and observers continue to scratch their heads regarding the failure of the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees to work out the details of a long-term deal.

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