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10-26-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Well, I just found out that I won't get my Kurt Warner FatHead because they sold too many of them while it was on clearance, and mine was one of the orders that they had the cancel. I'm not happy.

And if anyone here likes Basketball, the Suns start their season tonight.

On to the links...

Cardinals' Hall suffered concussion, will start if healthy
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Max Hall suffered a concussion when he was sacked and lost a fumble in the third quarter of Sunday's 22-10 loss at Seattle. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed the injury during his weekly news conference Monday, but said if Hall passes the standard neurological exams, he will start Sunday's game against visiting Tampa Bay.

Arizona Cardinals rewind: What we learned from Sunday's loss against Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals rewind: What we learned from Sunday's loss against Seattle Seahawks, Kent Somers takes a look back at the Cardinals' 22-10 loss to the NFC West rival Seahawks.

NFL fine with hits on Cards' Max Hall? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL spent last week ramping up penalties for illegal helmet-to-helmet hits. The league generally liked what it saw in Week 7.

KTAR.com - Hall has concussion, Cardinals to simplify offense
Max Hall will remain the quarterback of the Arizona Cardinals if he can pass the tests required by the NFL after a blindside sack knocked him out of Sunday's game in Seattle with a concussion.

Arizona Cardinals' Tim Hightower may lose starting spot
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn't prepared to say whether he would make changes at running back in light of Tim Hightower's fourth lost fumble of the season. All of Hightower's fumbles seem to have come at critical times, however, and it could open the door for second-year back Beanie Wells to become the full-fledged starter.

Dividing Responsibility
The offense stumbled more than once. Balls were turned over, and time and again, the Cardinals’ defense was forced to stand up and keep its team in the game Sunday. It did, and yet the offense still couldn’t generate enough points to rally.

NFC West Report, Week 7: Seahawks Brave The Elements - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
A recap of all the NFC West game from Week 7 and a look ahead to the Week 8 matchups

Hightower’s role after the fumble
Tim Hightower sent out a tweet last night: "Take full accountability and full responsibility for all actions and set yourself to be better. Purpose driven"

ProFootballWeekly.com - Cardinals plan on sticking with Hall — for better or worse
Forget the fact that Max Hall has gotten the crap knocked out of him the past two games and has looked pretty crappy before getting his brains scrambled. Provided team doctors decide that Hall is sufficiently recovered from the blow to his head that forced him out of the Cardinals’ Week Seven loss to the Seahawks in Seattle, it appears the undrafted rookie will remain the team’s starting quarterback.

KTAR.com - Soaring around the NFC West after Week 7
With a 22-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks were the only NFC West team to get a win in Week 7.

Hightower’s role after the fumble
Tim Hightower sent out a tweet last night: "Take full accountability and full responsibility for all actions and set yourself to be better. Purpose driven"

Madden 11 Week Seven Ratings Change Suggestions | pastapadre.com
Week seven of the NFL season brought some sloppy play, some big performances, and some significant injuries. The roster update this week for Madden 11 feels as though it will present a big shift for many teams and individuals.

Whisenhunt's Monday Presser

Andrei Kostitsyn's overtime goal leads Montreal Canadiens past Phoenix Coyotes
Each member of the Montreal Canadiens' top line scored, Carey Price made the key saves, and the Phoenix Coyotes were once again denied a win at the Bell Centre.

Where NFC West teams rank: Week 7 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few highlights in looking at where NFC West teams rank in various statistical categories through Week 7:

NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: AFC East Continues To Dominate - SBNation.com
SB Nation's Week 8 power rankings include some familiar names at the top while we've got a new No. 32.

Things Don't Look Good For Kurt, A Paso Doble Takeout - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
It was Rock and Roll Week on DWTS, which exists in an alternate universe where KISS is the height of rockdom, which actually physically is in West Hollywood, so it all makes sense. But oh noes! Kurt and Anna ran straight into the Paso Doble, and that bull fought back.

NFC West Week 7 decisive moment - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals running back Tim Hightower had gashed the NFL's second-ranked run defense for 59 yards on six carries.

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks: 10 Things We Learned | Bleacher Report
Just when you think you know it, you find out that you don't.

The Designed Rush Redux: Wade Phillips Refuses To Flip Out, Despite Media's Best Efforts - SBNation.com
After losing Tony Romo to a clavicle fracture, and then losing the game to the Giants, Wade Phillips had to enjoy some fun questions from the media. Also: Jet Blue stakes its claim to Jon Gruden's ridiculous nickname for the Giants receiving corps.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: Nothing Is Spooky Or Scary Except Dallas Cowboys - SB Nation Arizona
Not a ton of movement at the top, but a little at the bottom keeps things interesting.

Saints may soon have to sound the alarm - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
You can’t call it a Super Bowl hangover yet. A headache, maybe.

Brett Favre's ankle, foot injuries surrounded by misconception - Peter King - SI.com
There's a misconception out there right now that Brett Favre is so significantly hurt that it'd be a huge longshot for him to play Sunday in the Vikings' vital game at New England.

NFL head coaches on hot seat include Wade Phillips, Josh McDaniels - Don Banks - SI.com
With the underachieving, last-place Cowboys slipping to 1-5 and losing starting quarterback Tony Romo to a broken collarbone in their 41-35 prime-time loss to the visiting Giants on Monday night, Dallas's Wade Phillips might have just vaulted to the top spot on the list of NFL head coaches who won't be asked back in 2011.

Time for Favre to finally say goodbye for good - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
There was always the possibility it could all turn sour, though Brett Favre could never have imagined this when his teammates and the promise of more glory lured him off his Mississippi farm for what was supposed to be one last magical season.

Cowboys' season is broken beyond repair - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
After eight days of talk about devastating hits, the Dallas Cowboys endured a comprehensively brutal blow from which they won’t likely recover, at least not this season.

Joe Flacco dresses up like 'Jersey Shore' star for Halloween - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Joe Flacco has got himself a situation.

Your weekly hot seat rankings | ProFootballTalk.com
The 49ers latest meltdown appears to put Mike Singletary on the hottest of hot seats.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8 - National Football League - ESPN
Take a look at ESPN.com's Week 8 Power Rankings to see which teams reigned supreme in the NFL

Power Rankings: How the voters voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
For fun and perspective, I compared our latest rankings (see chart) with our rankings heading into the regular season. John Clayton, Paul Kuharsky, James Walker and I have been ranking every team since as early as April, but the Week 1 rankings seemed like the best reference point.

Romo's Injury Flips The Script, To The Secret Delight Of Cowboys Fans
With Michael Boley's spear, the narrative for the entire Cowboys season changed. And while it won't save Wade Phillips' job, it will allow Dallas fans to coast through another season and offseason of self-delusion.

Brett Favre has stress fracture in ankle; playing status unclear - NFL - SI.com
Brett Favre's ironman streak has endured a litany of injuries and even a pair of premature retirement press conferences. Perhaps this is the week that, finally, Favre's health prevents him from playing.

Week Seven Power Rankings | ProFootballTalk.com
Seven weeks in, the best five teams in the NFL reside, in our opinion, in one of the two conferences. Here's a hint -- it's ain't the NFC.

Here's how this Cowboys story ends - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
You won't hear this from owner Jerry Jones or coach Wade Phillips on Tuesday, but the Cowboys' only chance at getting back in the playoff conversation hinged on Tony Romo playing like an elite quarterback for an extended period of time. Now that Romo's out with a broken left collarbone, Dallas' season is effectively over.

Five clear pieces of evidence to prove Miami recovered the fumble - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Referee Gene Steratore said he didn't award the Miami Dolphins the football after Ben Roethlisberger's controversial fumble on Sunday because there wasn't "clear evidence of the [Dolphins] recovering the ball." Well, Gene, here are some crystal-clear pieces of evidence for you:

NFL.com news: Week 7 provides history lesson for observers, bad and good
Week 7 provided history, some great, some good, some bad and some extremely bad.

Cowboys season fractured | ProFootballTalk.com
New York will continue to play big games this season, but this night was about the Cowboys. It's a night that will be remembered in Dallas as the unofficial end of the Wade Phillips era.

Cowboys' season of discontent hits new low with Tony Romo injury - John P. Lopez - SI.com
Here are five things we learned from the Giants' 41-35 win over the Cowboys on Monday night.

New Orleans Saints playing like team that mailed in offseason - Jerome Bettis - SI.com
Throughout the 2010 NFL season, SI.com's Nick Zaccardi will work with Jerome Bettis to get the six-time Pro Bowl running back's observations about the latest happenings in the league. Bettis retired from the NFL in 2006 after a 13-year career.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo likely out 8-10 weeks with broken collarbone - NFL - SI.com
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke his left collarbone against the New York Giants on Monday night, an injury that could end his season. Recovery time is generally 8 to 10 weeks. With the Cowboys at 1-4, there may not be any reason to rush back.

Fractured left clavicle for Romo kills Cowboys' season | ProFootballTalk.com
Well, the Cowboys won't be playing in the Super Bowl they'll be hosting.

Why the 49ers lost their starting QB - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Facebook friend Tyler thought the San Francisco 49ers erred in asking rookie running back Anthony Dixon to help in pass protection on a second-and-20 play from its own 10-yard line Sunday. Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson knocked quarterback Alex Smith from the game with a shoulder injury on the play.

Giants Defense Not In It For The 3-2 Punch, Just The Knockout - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Count ‘em up boys. With the recent injury by the Giants defense to Tony Romo, that now makes five, yes five, quarterbacks that New York has knocked out this year.

Giants vs. Cowboys - Recap - October 25, 2010 - NFL - Football - SI.com
Tony Romo 's season might be over, and the Dallas Cowboys ' season might as well be. As for Eli Manning and the New York Giants , everything's clicking.