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11-17-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Keith Placed On IR
Starting right tackle suffered hamstring, knee injuries; replacement TBD

Arizona Cardinals right tackle Brandon Keith out for season
Arizona Cardinals starting right tackle Brandon Keith is out for the season after suffering a torn right hamstring in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Keith played the rest of the game with the injury, which he initially didn't think was a serious. On Monday, he underwent an MRI that revealed a third-degree tear, the most severe, as well a torn piece of meniscus in his knee. - Soaring around the NFC West after Week 11
he dust has settled and the NFC West picture is a little clearer than it was prior to Sunday's division matchups. Rather than the possible three-way tie, the Seattle Seahawks now stand squarely atop the division as a result of their 36-18 victory over the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers' 23-20 overtime victory against the St. Louis Rams. - Espo: Cardinalholics Anonymous
Like the Cardinals in the third quarter Sunday against the Seahawks, all I've done over the last three months is moved backwards in my rehabilitation.

Arizona Cardinals fans now showing blind anger to coach Ken Whisenhunt
It's risky to judge a constituency by its most-vocal members. The majority of them don't shout or tweet, and the only message board they frequent is the one on the side of the family fridge. After four consecutive losses, Cardinals fans have gone from showing blind faith in coach Ken Whisenhunt (In Whiz We Trust) to blind anger (What is he thinking?). The loudest want apologies and answers on everything from the quarterback situation to the defensive coordinator's job security. They want Whisenhunt to open a vein during his news conferences, maybe spank a microphone. They want a future Coors Light commercial.

How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Bill Davis, Cardinals defensive coordinator. The Cardinals have allowed 407, 507 and 490 yards in their past three games. They have allowed more points than any team in the league. They are missing tackles left and right. The defense appears to have no confidence, no killer instinct and poor fundamentals. Younger players such as Greg Toler and Calais Campbell appear to be regressing.

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Paris Lenon outside the huddle
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Paris Lenon outside the huddle, Veteran linebacker talks about past two tough seasons, fear of sharks.

Brandon Keith played most of Sunday’s game with torn hamstring | ProFootballTalk
Lost in the Arizona Cardinals’ slide to 3-6 is the fact that starting right tackle Brandon Keith has been lost for the season. But Keith didn’t have a traumatic injury that resulted in a cart ride to the locker room. Instead, he tore a hamstring in the first quarter — and he finished the game.

2011 NFL Draft: The Cardinals Should Tank Hard And Draft A Quarterback - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
When I saw the first mock drafts already starting eek out, I couldn't help but think about this situation that we somehow find ourselves in.

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A closer look at Donovan McNabb's contract - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
When we last spoke, it was believed the Washington Redskins were on the hook for $40 million in guaranteed money to soon-to-be 34-year-old quarterback Donovan McNabb. As I wrote after his dismal performance in Monday's 59-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, that number seemed a little "ridiculous." Well, it turns out the Redskins haven't completely lost their mind when you look at the figures secured from the NFL Players Association by ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. If the Redskins decide to cut ties with McNabb following this season, they'd only be on the hook for $3.75 million. This had the makings of an Albert Haynesworth-type albatross when news broke Monday afternoon, but the actual figures make more sense in the light of day.

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The Way I See It - Daryl Washington

Expert NFL Picks, Week 11: Michael Vick Over New York Giants An Obvious Move - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
When Vegas sets the lines and establishes the spreads, they are looking at a lot of factors. There's obvious things like team record, starting quarterback, recent play ... but clearly, they are also seeing things not privy to the average bettor. For example, how did Vegas KNOW to set the line for the Stanford Cardinal at -5.5 over the ASU Sun Devils? It's almost as if they KNEW that with a four-point lead and less than two minutes remaining, the Cardinal running back would take a seat on his (gr)ass instead of punching in the touchdown that would have pushed Stanford over the spread.

What's up with former Arizona Cardinal Josh Scobey
What's up with former Arizona Cardinal Josh Scobey, The running back/kick returner drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth round in 2002 is now a pro scouting intern with the Cardinals. - Erickson hit with reprimand for comments
Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson tried to choose his words carefully when talking about a facemask call on one of his players against Stanford. Apparently, he wasn't careful enough.

Cardinals lose starting tackle for season - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFC West offensive lines suffered significant casualties in Week 10. The San Francisco 49ers lost left tackle Joe Staley to a broken leg. The St. Louis Rams are not sure whether an ankle injury will sideline starting left tackle Rodger Saffold in Week 11. The Seattle Seahawks are hoping starting left tackle Russell Okung will return from an ankle injury this week, but they aren't yet sure he will. The latest: Arizona has placed starting right tackle Brandon Keith on injured reserve with a knee injury.

NFL Power Rankings Week 11 - National Football League - ESPN
For the third time in as many weeks, there's a new leader of the NFL Power Rankings. The Atlanta Falcons lead the poll of our experts, a fitting vault from No. 3 after defeating the Week 10-leading Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. According to our archives dating to 2002, the Falcons are atop our rankings for the first time in franchise history. They'll have their mettle tested in Week 11 with a visit to the No. 23 St. Louis Rams, who have a four-game home winning streak.

Power rankings: How the voters voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Step aside, AFC. There's an NFC team atop's NFL Power Rankings for the first time since Week 3. The Atlanta Falcons, never higher than third in the recorded history of previous rankings, moved up two spots to No. 1 with a comeback victory over the previously top-ranked Baltimore Ravens.

Donovan fires back at T.O. | ProFootballTalk
Last night, Bengals receiver Terrell Owens called out Redskins quarterback (and former Eagles teammate) Donovan McNabb.

2011 NFL Mock Draft: How Far Might Jake Locker Slide? -
8. Arizona Cardinals (3-6): A.J. Green, WR, Georgia. Ken Whisenhunt might consider Locker, too, but the Cardinals have long been a BPA team, and Green would hedge the team's bets with Larry Fitzgerald.

Pete Carroll would like to kick his own butt for playcall that hurt Hasselbeck | ProFootballTalk
Matt Hasselbeck suffered a broken bone in his non-throwing wrist that will take 4-6 weeks to recover from. Hasselbeck will play through the injury, but it was the product of an unfortunate play call that is taking some heat in Seattle. By the guy who called it.

Sources: Union gives 18-game counterproposal - ESPN
Lukewarm to a proposed 18-game regular-season format by NFL owners, the NFL Players Association nevertheless has made what it says is a "good-faith" counterproposal that addresses the player safety risks incumbent with an expanded season. The union's counterproposal, according to sources, include significantly reduced voluntary offseason workouts and a specific number of helmetless and padless practices during training camp.

DeSean Jackson's unfortunate word choice: Eagles 'like pit bulls' - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
How do you describe a tenacious, overwhelming performance like that? Well, DeSean Jackson found one interesting way, referencing a pregame shoving match with several Redskins (from USA Today)

Report: Redskins won’t cut McNabb after 2010 | ProFootballTalk
We pointed out earlier today the latest example of what Rosenthal calls "ESPN-on-ESPN crime." On Monday, ESPN’s Michael Smith reported that Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb‘s new deal includes $40 million in guaranteed money. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the deal includes only $3.5 million guaranteed.

McNabb’s agent says reports of $3.5 million guarantee are "erroneous" | ProFootballTalk
The uncertainty regarding the real value of Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb continues. And with the initial report of $40 million in guaranteed money reported by ESPN and the follow-up report of $3.5 million in guaranteed money reported by ESPN, it’s fitting that McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, would tell ESPN 980 in D.C. that the report of only $3.5 million in guaranteed money is "erroneous."

Sidney Rice not a lock to play for Vikings again | ProFootballTalk
The Vikings have been waiting all season for the return of receiver Sidney Rice. They might be waiting forever. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that it’s uncertain if Rice will play Sunday against the Packers, and if he doesn’t play and the Vikings lose, he might just shut it down for the season.

NFL 2010 Week 10 - Garrard's gamewinning throw vs Texans - Gus Johnson going crazy (via chadthedouchebag)


He should have called the Manning to Tyree pass in the Super Bowl instead of Joe Suck.