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11-20-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Arizona Cardinals' Beanie Wells eager to perform
Cardinals running back Beanie Wells has heard the whispers, detected the innuendo - he's soft. He won't play hurt. He's not passionate about football. Wells knows fighting the perception with words is useless. Would it change any minds if he bought ads that said: "I am hurt. Really. Please believe me"?

Beanie Wells may finally be ready to help | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals running back Beanie Wells was listed as questionable on the injury report Friday with his knee injury, which has become a weekly tradition. Coach Ken Whisenhunt says Wells "looks like his old self," which is a good sign for a dormant running game. Fitzgerald Talk Could Dominate Offseason
A marriage between Fitzgerald and the Chiefs in 2011 makes far too much sense.

Breaston Hopes To Return
Steve Breaston was back home. Sort of. The hamstring injury to LaRod Stephens-Howling last weekend meant Breaston – who was the team’s kickoff returner until Stephens-Howling showed up last season, and its punt returner until his No. 2 receiver status this year necessitated a change – was back returning kicks. - Espo: Do you miss Warner or Stoudemire more?
As a Phoenix sports fan, do you miss Kurt Warner or Amar'e Stoudemire more? It's a simple question with a complex answer. Kind of like asking a person if they'd miss their liver or kidney more if they were to lose both. Neither answer is ideal and in the end, you hurt either way.

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Wolf's Building The Game Plan - Week 11

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First Look - The Ken Whisenhunt Show - Week 11

Eric Belanger scores shootout winner for Phoenix Coyotes over Edmonton Oilers
The Phoenix Coyotes have put in their fair share of overtime. Eric Belanger scored the shootout winner for the Coyotes, who rallied from a three-goal deficit and beat the struggling Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Friday night.

Colt Brennan in Serious Condition Following Car Accident -- NFL FanHouse
Colt Brennan, former Redskins quarterback, was seriously injured in a Friday morning automobile accident in Hawaii, KHON2 news reported. Sources told KHON2 that Brennan was transported to a local hospital in serious condition, following a crash near the Kona Coast on Hawaii's Big Island. KHON2 reported, citing police sources, that the vehicle Brennan was in crossed over into oncoming traffic, where it collided with another vehicle. Brennan was reportedly the passenger in his car, which was being driven by his girlfriend.

Friday before the Chiefs
Fitz says it’s impossible to understand. He can’t escape it. Football, that is. A four-game losing streak. "You go home and turn on the TV and ‘Cardinals have lost four in a row,’ " wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. "Or I go to dinner and, ‘Hey Fitz, what’s wrong with you guys?’ You guys (in the media) go to dinner and no one ever bothers you. They don’t talk football with you. From that perspective, it’s difficult." Wait, I do too have people ask me about the Cards in public … OK, not as much as Fitz, but still …

The Toy Department: Ranking the 32 NFL head coaches - Baltimore sports: Ravens, Orioles, Terps blog by Baltimore Sun reporters -
14. Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals -- Another coach who has overcome a culture of losing that seemed ingrained. I thought he was even a little underrated going into this year until I watched the way he handled the Matt Leinart situation. Look, no one thinks Leinart is the second coming of Steve Young. But being a coach in the modern NFL is, at least in part, about getting the most out of players who are malcontents, and at the bare minimum, telling them the truth. If you're not honest with the media, that's one thing. Sometimes you can tell reporters a guy is playing well even if he's not to avoid embarrassing him. But Whisenhunt seemed to lead Leinart to believe everything was fine, then benched him out of nowhere, then cut him. Would he really have been as bad as Max Hall and Derek Anderson have been? All that said, he made Kurt Warner look like a Hall of Famer again, and should be a good coach for years to come.

Arizona Cardinals' secondary looking to respond against Kansas City Chiefs
Strong safety Adrian Wilson was highly critical of his own play in the 36-18 loss to Seattle. Cornerback Greg Toler, who was pulled after the first half and later returned, was victimized throughout the game by quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who threw for 333 yards (22-34). A week before, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre had a career day as the Cardinals fell in overtime 27-24. Favre completed 36 of 47 passes for 446 yards. As the Cardinals' problems mount, so do the losses.

Arizona Cardinals Injury Report, Week 11: Greg Toler Sits Out, Beanie Wells May Start - SB Nation Arizona
The injury news for Thursday has not changed much. Runnings backs LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring) and Jason Wright (concussion) did not practice again, but cornerback Greg Toler also sat out after being only limited on Wednesday, due to a left foot injury. Beanie Wells practiced, but was limited, so the running back situation has not changed much. Much like it has already been mentioned, it would be surprising if Wells were not to play on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, especially since Wright's and Stephens-Howling's status is still uncertain. Also limited in practice were Darnell Dockett (shoulder), Clark Haggans (groin), and Kerry Rhodes (hand, back). NT Dan Williams, after being limited on Wednesday, practiced fully.

Mailbag: Long, Curry and expectations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Nick from Tempe, Ariz., writes: With Michael Vick only signed for one year in Philly, what are the chances he takes off at the end year for another team? The Eagles gave Kevin Kolb the extension, naming him their franchise QB, correct? They will have to choose one, seeing as how neither wants to be a backup. If Vick leaves, how well of a fit would he be with the Cards, and should they pursue him?

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Searching for a Cardinals pulse. Arizona has lost four consecutive games heading into its matchup with Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium. What's at stake? Cue the video.

Colts-Patriots is NFL Game of the Week - Kerry J. Byrne -
It's pretty clear: Tom Brady-Peyton Manning is greatest QB rivalry ever

Giants say Michael Vick 'almost impossible to stop'; more Week 11 - Peter King -
The most important game of the weekend is not Colts-Pats or Giants-Eagles

Roger Goodell says he's proud of Michael Vick's success story - ESPN
Michael Vick has been dazzling in his return as a starting NFL quarterback but commissioner Roger Goodell told the New York Daily News on Thursday that he's most proud of how Vick has turned his life around off the field.