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9-29-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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The big news right now, Steve Breaston has a torn meniscus and he just had surgery on it. He will be out until after the Bye Week (which is also when Early Doucet is expected to come back). Derek Anderson hasn't been connecting with Fitz enough in the first three games, and now some rookies (Stephen Williams, Max Komar, Andre Roberts) are the only people behind him. Someone needs to step up.

One reason Derek Anderson remains starter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson has completed only 52 percent of his passes overall this season, but his fourth-quarter numbers put him among the NFL leaders through three games.

Adding a QB hard to do
Back in 2007, Kurt Warner suffered a nasty elbow injury when Carolina’s Julius Peppers fell on it while the two scrambled for a fumble, and the Cardinals were in trouble.

For now, no new receivers
With the surgery and subsequent short-term shelving of Steve Breaston, the Cardinals re-signed receiver Onrea Jones and will see how their current wideout group does Sunday in San Diego before considering any other veteran additions, general manager Rod Graves said in a text message Tuesday night. The team will re-evaluate the position again after playing the Chargers, Graves added. The Cardinals feel if they can get through the next two games with the current group — Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts, Stephen Williams, Max Komar and Jones — then both Breaston and Early Doucet can likely return after the bye (which comes in three weeks after a home game against New Orleans).

Arizona Cardinals say no funny business with Beanie's knee
The incision marks on running back Beanie Wells' right knee were small but fresh, and in one glance, they provided more information about the severity of Wells' injury than the Cardinals did in three weeks.

Arizona Cardinals' Bryan Robinson discusses being ''old man'' on team
Each week, The Republic spotlights a Cardinals player for a series of on-the-spot, off-beat questions.

Steve Breaston Out Two Games With Knee Injury, The Timing Couldn't Be Better - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
The Arizona Cardinals revealed today that wide receiver Steve Breaston will miss the next two games after his "bruised knee" also turned out to be more serious than originally reported.

Transition Game
Roberts still trying to find his way in NFL

Madden 11 Week Three Ratings Change Suggestions | pastapadre.com
Another exciting NFL week brought about some big performances as well as a couple kickers really letting their teams down. Given that I was at a game I wasn’t able to fully analyze all of them for the top performers but based on production there are certainly some names that stand out to go up or down in the next Madden 11 roster update.

NFL Power Rankings - Top 32 NFL Football Teams - FOX Sports on MSN
I never believed the Steelers could go 3-0 so far without Ben Roethlisberger, but they've done it. To me, they are clearly the NFL's best team going into Week Four. They look to be the team with the least amount of weaknesses. How legit are the Chiefs? Let's put it this way, they are very much improved on both sides of the ball. We'll get a realistic idea after they face the Colts and Texans on the road in back- to-back weeks after their bye. But this is what the NFL is all about; expect the unexpected.

NFL Power Rankings Week 4: At Least The Cardinals Are Top 20 - SB Nation Arizona
You know who loves power rankings? Everyone. But this one is better than most because Scott Howard wrote it.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Steel City Takes Over on Top -- NFL FanHouse
Just because you're undefeated doesn't mean you should take a top spot in the Power Rankings.

(Rams are 20th, Cards are 24th)

NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Steelers Slide Into Top Spot After Perfect Start - SBNation.com
Week 3 of the NFL season has come and gone and here's how all 32 NFL teams are shaking out.

NFL Power Rankings Week 4 - National Football League - ESPN
The Pittsburgh Steelers' 3-0 start without Ben Roethlisberger has convinced our experts to reward them with the top slot for the latest ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings.

Power Rankings: How the voters voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons rank behind the division rivals they just defeated in ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings for Week 4. But we do have a new No. 1 team.

Special-teams coverage hurting Chargers - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
In the aftermath of the San Diego Chargers’ second loss in three games, the knee-jerk observation is that wide receiver Vincent Jackson’s absence is hurting the team. Not exactly.

Report: Breaston has knee surgery
According to XTRA’s Mike Jurecki, wide receiver Steve Breaston has had surgery to repair his meniscus and will miss "a couple of games." Obviously, not the best news. I will see if I can get confirmation. Breaston was hobbled a bit in the locker room yesterday but that was to be expected after he was banged up in Atlanta and then played against Oakland. Apparently, it was a little more than being banged up.

Cardinals report (09.27): Some positives to be found in an ugly performance
The Arizona Cardinals (2-1) won their second game of the season Sunday, but with another less-than-stellar performance. The Cardinals needed three missed field goals from Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski in order to secure the victory -- Janikowski’s final miss from 32 yards sealed the Raiders’ fate, sailing wide left as time expired.

Cardinals' good fortune trumps poor play (for now)
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has a hunch about his team. "At some point we’re going to be pretty good," he said. That time is not now.

Cardinals relieved to escape with win
Standing on the sideline after Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski let a short, potential game-winning field goal fly, Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt couldn't believe what he saw. A 90 percent kicker from inside 40 yards, Janikowski had pushed the kick left as time expired.

Report: Steve Breaston Has Surgery For Torn Meniscus, Out A Couple Games - SB Nation Arizona
XTRA Sports 910’s Mike Jurecki is reporting that Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston had knee surgery today for a torn meniscus (sound familiar?) and will miss the next couple of games. So, let’s see … Larry Fitzgerald is still hobbled by his knee, Early Doucet is still recovering from his sports hernia surgery, and now Steve Breaston is down for a couple of weeks. The entire starting receiving corps for the Cards is ailing.

Digesting NFC West news on the WR front - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals and Steve Breaston. The team is already without injured No. 3 receiver Early Doucet, so losing Breaston for a couple games really hurts. If I'm the Cardinals, I'm going with two tight ends and Beanie Wells in the backfield. Breaston was the difference for Arizona during its Week 1 victory over St. Louis. Facing San Diego (road) and New Orleans (home) without Breaston will not be easy.

Steve Breaston undergoes knee surgery | ProFootballTalk.com
Arizona's beleaguered passing game just lost one of its best players.

The Way I See It - LaRod Stephens-Howling

KTAR.com - Cardinals WR Breaston out with torn meniscus
The Arizona Cardinals offense received some bad news early in the week after their victory over the Oakland Raiders.

NFC West Report: Week 3 - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
The NFC West is not for the weak of heart. If you're a fan of any team in this division, I'd just prepare yourself for a long, long season where you're never really out of the race. Never get too high, never get too low. I'm still convinced Derek Anderson may kill me by Week 9.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - Steve Breaston's knee problem
Cardinals receiver Steve Breaston underwent surgery Tuesday morning to repair damaged meniscus in his right knee and hopes to return after the team's off week.

Cards deny lying on injury report | ProFootballTalk.com
Cardinals running back Beanie Wells was listed as questionable for the first two games of the season with a knee injury. He missed both games. As it turns out, Wells secretly had surgery on the knee.

NFL Fantasy Football, Week 4 Round Up - SB Nation Arizona
Your fantasy football tips for the Cardinals-Chargers game.

Fired Jimmy Raye Says He Was Running Offense Mike Singletary Wanted -- NFL FanHouse
Jimmy Raye, fired as offensive coordinator of the 49ers by San Francisco coach Mike Singletary, isn't going to fall on his sword for his former boss.

Video emerges of Shaun Smith grabbing Anthony Davis's junk | ProFootballTalk.com
We previously noted that 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis accused Chiefs defensive tackle Shaun Smith of grabbing his genitals during Sunday's game. Now video of the incident has emerged.

Alex Smith, Not Jimmy Raye, the Cause of 49ers' Disastrous Start - Instant Opinion - NESN.com
Jimmy Raye is in good company. Upon being let go by the 49ers Monday morning, he has now joined Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy, San Diego Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner, offensive mastermind Mike Martz, and Jim Hostler in the club of guys who used to send play calls into Alex Smith's helmet.

Mike Sando's MVP Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Now might be a good time to rethink Michael Vick.

NFL plan to expand schedule bad idea, MLB has better grip
The perpetual arm wrestle between traditionalists and visionists is taking center stage in the professional sports world again.

Everybody hates the 18-game schedule - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
A sampling of some of the opinions on the NFL's inevitable expansion

Former Sun Devil Ryan Torain’s Bad Luck Hopefully Over - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
The Washington Redskins lost to the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon in what was an otherwise forgettable game. But for Arizona State Football fans, there was something to smile about. Ryan Torain, the former ASU standout running back, was the Redskins' leading rusher, gaining 46 yards in 7 carries.

John Clayton's Last Call - ESPN
Thanks to the NFC West, there is hope for the NFC in 2010.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger preparing for return - Peter King - SI.com
A week from now, one of the big stories in the league -- maybe the biggest story in the league -- will be Ben Roethlisberger returning to the Steelers after his four-week suspension. What kind of mood will Roethlisberger will be in? Will he be humbled, chastened? And in a football sense, will he be ready to return after the Steelers' bye week to resume his starting role on a Super Bowl contender?