9/29 Arizona Cardinals news: retirement, returns and health

Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

A collection of news from around the Web about our Cardinals and the NFL in general.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Word From the Birds Blog | Nothing new for Miller, and some sack changes
There’s been a lot of talk about the Cardinals adjusting their playcalling to fit with what seems to be a transitioning philosophy on offense — a little more deliberate, sticking with the run, etc. But offensive coordinator Mike Miller said nothing really has changed in what he has been dialing up on game days.

Word From the Birds Blog | Dockett doubtful, Maui’a returns
Four players did not practice at all this week, and all four are doubtful to play Sunday against the Dolphins, including defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. (The other three are running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, tight end Todd Heap and tight end/fullback Jim Dray). Not having Dockett would be a blow to the defense, obviously. Coach Ken Whisenhunt called Dockett, Heap and Hyphen game-day decisions, but realistically, it’s going to be tough. "I’m not a doctor, I don’t think he could play. He hasn’t taken a snap," defensive coordinator Ray Horton said.

Word From the Birds Blog | Friday before the Dolphins
The spotlight will be on the Cards’ running game. The Dolphins are allowing less than three yards a carry and are third in the NFL in run defense. The Cards are averaging less than three yards a carry on offense. Ryan Williams, what say you?

Healthy Again, Kerry Rhodes Is A Hit
After missing eight games last season with a broken foot and another with an injured ankle, it took Rhodes three games this season to feel perfect. His foot is healed and he’s healthy but Rhodes has felt good – not great. Something was just a little bit off until Sunday.

Cardinals' Defense Sees Another Rookie
The Cards started the season against Seattle’s rookie Russell Wilson, who was followed New England’s Tom Brady and Philadelphia’s Michael Vick. Add Miami rookie Ryan Tannehill to that list this weekend. The Cardinals’ 10th-ranked defense won’t mind. It’ll still pressure him all the same.

NFL News:

Agent: Nick Collins' career likely over with neck injury - NFL.com
Nick Collins was a star in the Green Bay Packers' secondary before a blow to his neck changed everything last September. Collins' agent now is saying the safety's career is likely over because of the injury.

Ray Ventrone says Ravens played dirty vs. Browns - NFL.com
Will the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens ever become the rivals they deserve to be? Probably not this season, but one Browns defender stirred the pot after Thursday night's game.

Nick Eason: Richie Incognito among dirtiest NFL players - NFL.com
Richie Incognito knows how to irk defensive linemen. The Miami Dolphins offensive guard riled Nick Eason three years ago, and the Arizona Cardinals defensive end is looking forward to a rematch.

Five NFL teams most desperate to win in Week 4 - NFL.com
Every week in the NFL is important. Some are just more important than others. Gregg Rosenthal runs down the five teams, New England Patriots included, facing a must-win in Week 4.

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