Arizona Cardinals news 12/5: Tyrann Mathieu gaining ground, 2014 NFL Draft talk, playoff scenarios

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Your morning roundup of Cardinals and NFL news.

The Cardinals began preparing for the St. Louis Rams. There are notes from practice, discussion bout looking for a quarterback and talk about the potential draft pick the Cardinals will have in 2014. Here are your morning links to kick off the day.

Cardinals:

Cardinals Blogs | Peterson, as punt returner, isn’t going anywhere
But Arians makes it clear that Peterson isn’t going anywhere. The Cardinals aren’t going to suddenly start using Tyrann Mathieu back there and Arians hasn’t lost faith in Peterson.

Cardinals Blogs | Mathieu on move in Pro Bowl voting

It probably shouldn’t be a surprise, both with his play and most importantly, his fan base, that Tyrann Mathieu is rising up in the Pro Bowl balloting at free safety.

Plugging The Middle

Notebook: Williams, Ta'amu help against run; Floyd, Ellington sit, Palmer limited

The Quarterback Search

Cardinals always looking to improve, but Palmer definite 2014 option

With soreness gone, Cardinals' Andre Ellington ready to play - ESPN

As much as Andre Ellington missing Sunday’s game hurt the Arizona Cardinals, it benefited the rookie running back.

NFL Nation Buzz: Arizona Cardinals - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss talks about the team's goal to win games against NFC teams.

Bruce FTP: Arians in charge of 'Over the Hill Gang' - ESPN

Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It’ll recap the top storyline from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.

Arizona Cardinals unfamiliar with late-first-round draft picks - ESPN

If the NFL draft order were determined this week, the Arizona Cardinals would have the 23rd overall pick, according to ESPN Stats & Information. It’s an area of the draft board they’re not familiar with. The top 10 is more the norm for the Cards.

Cardinals notes: Quinn to face starter he helped create

Rams DE Robert Quinn helped create a starting role for the Cardinals' Bradley Sowell; they meet Sunday.

Playing out the Cardinals' playoff scenarios

In-depth breakdown of Cardinals' possible late-season scenarios and their playoff chances.

Tyrann Mathieu, Keenan Allen head list of top rookies - NFL.com

With three-fourths of the season done, Tyrann Mathieu of the Cardinals and Keenan Allen of the Chargers have been two of the most impressive rookies. Chris Wesseling has the rest of the list.

Able to walk again, Arizona Cardinals' Jonathan Cooper takes another step toward return ArizonaSports.com

Wednesday, however, Cooper was sitting at his locker, with no scooter or cast to be found. The boot, he said, was removed in the last week or two, though it's not officially gone for good.

Notes from the Nest: Arizona Cardinals practice - Dec. 4 ArizonaSports.com

The Cardinals got back on the practice field following their first loss in more than a month. It was an overcast day with a light sprinkle at times, which sent the team into the practice bubble for the afternoon.

NFL:

Fumblr: There is totally crying in football - SBNation.com

This week in fake social media: Knowshon Moreno's river of tears, fantasy bloodbaths, karmic groin trauma, and more.

The Notebook: Ziggy Ansah, Brian Orakpo & praise for pass rush producers - SBNation.com

Retired defensive end Stephen White returns with his Notebook from Week 13, examining a host of pass rushers -- young and old, on the inside and outside -- who are causing trouble this year.

Mike Tomlin fined, NFL considers taking draft pick for sideline incident - SBNation.com

Tomlin's sideline interference scandal has cost him $100,000, and the league is contemplating further punishment for the Steelers organization.

Dave Robinson still loves football - SBNation.com

The Hall of Fame linebacker who spent most of his playing days as a Green Bay Packer looks back on his career.

NFL Week 14 picks: Our experts predict all 16 games - SBNation.com

There are playoff implications all over the Week 14 schedule and our experts are here to sort it all out with their weekly picks.

Bills release RB Tashard Choice - SBNation.com

The Bills are dropping a veteran running back to get a look at some of their younger players.

Week 13 NFL players of the week: Russell Wilson, Eric Decker honored for roles in pivotal wins - SBNation.com

Russell Wilson and Eric Decker turned in offensive tours de force to earn Week 13 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the NFC and AFC, respectively.

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