9/30 Arizona Cardinals news: Dockett out, line stepping up, and the return of the Refs

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

Arizona Cardinals News:

NFC West penalty watch: Shifting standards - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"It's just hard to go out there and do your job when you don't know what a holding call is," Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson said Monday night. "With he old refs, you knew if your hands were inside, you can grab a little bit. The minute you go out here (with your hands), boom, let go. That is easy.

Cardinals without Darnell Dockett? There's a rare sight - NFC West - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' defensive lineman fought through a shoulder injury deep into the 2010 season. That year, he was one of the players struggling to get into his dress shirt following games. Dockett finally missed one game against Seattle in Week 10. That one game is all that stands between Dockett and a streak of 131 consecutive games played.

Arizona Cardinals try to keep their edge as favorites
Over the three weeks, the Cardinals rallied around the idea they had been overlooked and beat Seattle, New England and Philadelphia. How they handle the part of being the heavy favorite over the next month will have tremendous impact on their season.

Offensive Line Sticks Together
The reality, Daryn Colledge said, is that the Cardinals’ offensive line has yet to play its best yet. That’s also given the veteran guard a great sense of optimism. If the Cardinals’ offense can improve during a 3-0 start with the offensive line still finding itself, the possibilities as the line progresses seem encouraging.

NFL News:

Matt Forte questionable for Bears-Cowboys game - NFL.com
A nagging ankle injury could prevent Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte from playing in Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Will Michael Bush benefit in the backfield?

Devin Hester unhappy with role on Chicago Bears - NFL.com
Chicago Bears wide receiver/returner Devin Hester wonders why the team doesn't better utilize his offensive skills. But is Hester capable of being a big-play standout for the Bears?

Baltimore Ravens' Matt Birk opposes same-sex marriage - NFL.com
Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk wrote an editorial for Saturday's Minneapolis Star-Tribune opposing same-sex marriage.

Logan Mankins reportedly out for Patriots-Bills game - NFL.com
New England Patriots starting guard Logan Mankins reportedly will not play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday because of a hip injury.

NFL referees approve new labor pact after lockout - NFL.com
NFL referees have voted and approved a new eight-year deal with the league. Now they all can get back to the business of calling games.

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