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10-27-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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The Suns and the Coyotes lost last night. I missed the Coyotes game, but the Suns looked good until the final 5 minutes of the game... And getting to see the Miami Heat lose their first game after all of the hype was pretty satisfying.

Back to some links about the Cards...

Cardinals to wear black uniforms Sunday against Tampa Bay
The Arizona Cardinals will wear their black uniforms for the first time in the regular season Sunday when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Staying In Formation
The framework of Cards' offense has stayed the same

Jefferson signs, McDonald released
The Cardinals made a roster move Tuesday by swapping cornerbacks: rookie A.J. Jefferson was promoted from the practice squad while Brandon McDonald — who was brought in off waivers after the Browns cut him at the end of training camp — was released. Jefferson has always intrigued the Cards with his athletic ability, and this way, he can’t be signed away from the practice squad by another team.

Cardinals QB Max Hall passes neurological tests, cleared to practice
Quarterback Max Hall, who suffered a concussion against the Seahawks last Sunday, passed neurological tests on Tuesday and is cleared to practice Wednesday, according to a source.

KTAR.com - Warner agrees with Whisenhunt, Hall is answer at QB
Fans may be questioning whether starting Max Hall at quarterback gives the Arizona Cardinals the best chance to win, but the team's former signal caller certainly isn't.

Arizona Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt feeling the heat from fickle fans
Skepticism is good. We should always question authority, even a head coach who led the clunking Cardinals to the Super Bowl. But this is ridiculous.

Arizona Cardinals' keys to turning momentum
When trouble arrives, critics are eager to provide a detailed, turn-by-turn map of its entry route. It is, after all, easier to castigate than navigate. And thank goodness for that, or there would be no need for sportswriters.

Phoenix Coyotes fall to Ottawa Senators
Alex Kovalev scored twice and added an assist, combining with Erik Karlsson for the fastest two goals in Ottawa history to lead the Senators past the Coyotes 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Phoenix Suns lose season opener to Portland Trail Blazers
The Suns played better than they had all preseason and that had to be one of the more discouraging parts about losing their season opener.

The Way I See It - Kerry Rhodes

QB Hall passes tests, cleared to practice
Quarterback Max Hall passed his concussion tests today, meaning he has been cleared to practice Wednesday.

Branch talks about upcoming game, weight
Branch talks about upcoming game, weight, Outside the huddle: Fourth-year defensive tackle talks about actual weight, how he lost pounds.

Parallels the 49ers, Cowboys hoped to avoid - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Major League Baseball teams from San Francisco and Dallas are headed for the World Series while NFL teams from those markets have entered a world of hurt.

49ers: Troy Smith Will Start for Injured Alex Smith
Troy Smith, who has yet to take a first-team practice snap with the 49ers, will be the team's starting quarterback Sunday against the Denver Broncos, coach Mike Singletary announced Wednesday morning.

Why 49ers decided to go with Troy Smith - NFC West Blog - ESPN
David Carr was the San Francisco 49ers' No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, but he ranked a distant third in terms of backing from within the organization. That largely explains the 49ers' decision to bypass Carr and name third-stringer Troy Smith the starter while Alex Smith recovers from an injury to his left shoulder.

49ers' Alex Smith out with separated shoulder; Troy Smith to start - SI.com - NFL
With quarterback Alex Smith ruled out because of a separated shoulder, San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary is gambling on Troy Smith being able to turn his struggling team around.

NFL.com news: They defy logic, but these odd stats can be explained
Here's three of the weirdest happenings through seven weeks:

Friend says Sterger, Favre "regularly texted" | ProFootballTalk.com
Jenn Sterger's reluctance to cooperate with the NFL regarding the investigation regarding whether Vikings quarterback Brett Favre violated the league's Personal Conduct Policy via his communications with her possibly during their mutual employment with the Jets arises from the fact that she can't truthfully say his conduct was unwelcome.