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9-16-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

The only real news right now is that Early Doucet has a Sports Hernia that will keep him out for a couple weeks after having surgery to fix it... I hope Stephen Williams and the other rookie receivers can step it up.

Cards WR Doucet Will Undergo Surgery, Out Three To Six Weeks - SB Nation Arizona
It has been reported by a handful of outlets now that Early Doucet will indeed undergo surgery for a sports hernia.

Being careful with Fitz and Doucet’s surgery
WR Early Doucet indeed will have surgery to repair his sports hernia, coach Ken Whisenhunt said today. The rehab process is normally three-to-six, Whisenhunt added, but he didn’t want to put an exact timetable on it. RB Beanie Wells “did more” and the Cards will see how he responds tomorrow to see how much he practices Friday. How much Wells practices Friday will determine how much/if he plays Sunday. Whisenhunt just doesn’t want swelling to continue after he works out, and that’s ultimately what the team is monitoring.

Arizona Cardinals' Beanie Wells a question mark; Early Doucet is out
With numerous personnel changes this year, coach Ken Whisenhunt has talked about how excited he is to see younger players take on new roles. But two of those players, running back Beanie Wells and receiver Early Doucet, are struggling through injuries.

Early Doucet may have a sports hernia |
Arizona's receiver group looks like it's about to get thinner. - Dockett dedicates Atlanta game to slain mother
Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett spews out so many Twitter messages, it's hard to keep up.

Arizona Cardinals' pass game seeks rhythm
There are various theories that explain the Cardinals' inconsistent passing game Sunday against the Rams.

About Derek Anderson's completion rate - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Derek Anderson completed 53.7 percent of his passes during the Arizona Cardinals' 17-13 victory against the St. Louis Rams.

Fitz stumps for Breaston deal
With the media huddled around Larry Fitzgerald today, Fitzgerald was asked if Steve Breaston’s big game Sunday would help him get a new contract, since Breaston’s deal ends after the 2010 season. That notion brought a smile to Fitzgerald’s face.

Stepping In For The Wounded
Cards lean on young players while dealing with Wells, Doucet injuries

Anderson's Toughness
Quarterback beat up, but "it's well worth it."

How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Steve Breaston, Cardinals WR. It's time to recognize what the Cardinals have known for some time. Breaston is a legitimate starting receiver, but he still benefits from the mindset he needed while breaking into the league as a fifth-round draft choice. That makes Breaston a perfect fit in Arizona, where Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt values what Breaston represents. In Week 1, Breaston caught each of the seven passes thrown to him, gaining 132 yards. He made a touchdown-saving tackle during one St. Louis Rams fumble return. He saved another Rams touchdown by forcing a fumble.

Madden 11 Roster Update #4 Details |
The fourth roster update for Madden 11, taking into account action up to and through week one of the NFL season, is expected out late this week. This update features nearly 400 roster and ratings changes. Texans RB Arian Foster gets a deserved seven point increase and so does his fullback Vonta Leach, Seahawks DE Chris Clemons jumps six points, while Jets QB Mark Sanchez fell three points.

(Fitz went down a point because of his injury... Really?

The Return Of Breaston Returning? E-Gads - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Yesterday, Week 1 Savior Steve Breaston tweeted flirtingly about whether or not he'd be returning kicks/punts in lieu of Grease Fingers McGee, Max Komar, in Week 2's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: The Cardinals are depleted at receiver with Early Doucet potentially having a sports hernia. The Week 1 success Arizona enjoyed with four-receiver personnel minus Doucet was misleading because the Rams were without their third and fourth corners. Future opponents won't have such limitations. The Cardinals could use more from rookie receiver Andre Roberts, who suffered a shoulder injury during preseason and was inactive for the opener. The options on offense are already limited to a degree by the injury that sent fullback Nehemiah Broughton onto injured reserve. I'm expecting the Cardinals to use two tight ends more frequently. Beanie Wells has had success running with one back and two tight ends, but a bruised knee could keep Wells from playing again this week. I wouldn't bank on him getting extensive carries unless he practices fully Thursday and Friday.

Beanie limited, but Early has a hernia
The good news is that RB Beanie Wells (knee) was doing some work today — limited — but coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wells will be "really tested" Thursday and, assuming no setbacks, Wells will be back Friday. Wells himself said he was excited to get a chance to practice, so in this case, limited optimism. It’s not as good for WR Early Doucet. Doucet was sent to a specialist today in fear he may have a sports hernia. Whisenhunt said if that’s true, he’ll have surgery and be out "a couple weeks" but the coach stressed Doucet will return. That leaves a lot of pressure on the young receivers Max Komar and Stephen Williams (and Andre Roberts, who will apparently end up active by default).

Cardinals Underground Podcast (ATL Preview)
Paul Calvisi, Darren Urban, and guest Damien Anderson preview the upcoming game against the Falcons.

Cardinals report (09.15): Improvements can be expected
The silver lining in the Cardinals’ closer than expected win in St. Louis is the amount of improvement the team can make heading into Week 2. Many of the miscues can be chalked up to it being the first game of the season, but those excuses will quickly run dry if the mistakes continue. blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - Beanie still out, Doucet might have hernia
With numerous personnel changes this year, coach Ken Whisenhunt has talked about how excited he is to see younger players take on new roles. But two of those players, running back Beanie Wells and receiver Early Doucet, are struggling through injuries.

Doug and Wolf Power Poll
WEEK 2 - Beanie Wells limited at practice on Wednesday
The Arizona Cardinals went through practice on Wednesday with a little bit of good news in that running back Beanie Wells was able to practice on a limited basis.

Whisenhunt, Anderson talk chemistry

A-Dub on radio and TV
The reigning NFC defensive player of the week, Adrian Wilson, is following up his big Sunday with a big Big Red Rage tonight, bringing on as his guest the one guy who could compete for player of the game honors in St. Louis — Steve Breaston. The show, as usual, is at 6 p.m. at Majerle’s in Chandler. If you can’t make it live — and you know you want to — you can listen at Sports 620 KTAR. blogs - Bob Young - BobYoung - Warner staying busy with 'Dancing' and Fiesta Bowl parade
Kurt Warner is trying to do what only one other human has pulled off and only two have even attempted. Only former figure-skating great Kristi Yamaguchi has served as grand marshal of the Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade and also won the coveted glass disco ball as champion of "Dancing with the Stars."

Chat wrap: Seahawks' chances at Denver - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Lots of ground to cover in the NFC West chat Thursday. Transcript here. Highlights below:

NFL Week 2: Previewing And Predicting The Full Slate Of Action -
NFL Editor Joel Thorman provides a quick take on each Week 2 match-up, along with predicted winners. He looks for Peyton and the Colts to bounce back against Little Manning and the Giants, and for the Skins to pull off another upset.

Packers should turn to opponent for help - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
19. Arizona Cardinals: How awesome was Steve Breaston in his first game as Anquan Boldin’s replacement?

Communication a growing problem for Niners - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The growing tension between San Francisco 49ers players and the coaching staff bubbled to the surface in the team’s surprisingly lopsided loss at Seattle on Sunday. While coach Mike Singletary took quick action to call a team meeting Sunday night to get the coaches and players back on the same page, the reality is that Singletary is navigating some very choppy waters.

Coach Mike Smith demands improvement across the board | Atlanta Falcons
The dust has settled after the Pittsburgh loss and I just went back over coach Mike Smith’s media briefing. He was calm, cool and collected. But he was about as frank and open as he’s been in his three seasons as the Falcons head coach. He knows the Falcons let one slip away.

Stock Watch: Early upgrades - Fantasy - Yahoo! Sports
Here’s a look at some of the non-obvious upgrades from Week 1. You know Arian Foster, Matt Forte, and Hakeem Nicks did well, so let’s dig deeper.