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10-1-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Will Beanie Play?

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Time for some more links as we go into the first day of October. This one looks at the availability of Beanie and LSH along with some stuff with the defense including Schofield wearing a wristband. Horton also had some high praise for Sam Acho.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Schofield Waits His Turn
Notebook: Linebacker to wear wristband; Beanie questionable for Giants

Word From the Birds Blog - Horton resets defense
On the heels of an improved defensive effort last week, defensive coordinator Ray Horton said the playbook was cut back "80 percent" last week against the Seahawks. "The players were not happy about it, but we did play better," Horton said.

Word From the Birds Blog - Friday before the Giants
The term "must-win" always creates a sticky situation, unless, you know, a team must win – think, oh, the Atlanta Braves the other night after the St. Louis Cardinals won. That was a must-win. The Cardinals aren’t playing a must-win Sunday against the Giants, because the bottom line is that worst-case scenario, they would only be two games behind the 49ers in the division with 12 to play, and two games left with San Francisco. Logically, nothing is over with a loss.

Arizona Cardinals' Jay Feely moving forward after tough game vs. Seattle Seahawks
After missing two field goals in a 13-10 loss to Seattle last Sunday, Cardinals kicker Jay Feely stayed in the locker room to answer reporters' questions about what went wrong.

O'Brien Schofield, A.J. Jefferson struggle in Cardinals defense
Outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield has struggled to learn the new defensive system, which is why he hasn't been playing as much as many of us expected. Coaches told Schofield in the preseason he needed to study harder. He did and responded for a while. But he made some mistakes early this season, and he's back to wearing a wristband to help him remember assignments.

Whisenhunt 'very optimistic' Beanie Wells, Stephens-Howling will play -
Just when it seemed like Beanie Wells was ready to be the running back the Cardinals thought he could be he went down with a hamstring injury. This happened, of course, with LaRod Stephens-Howling already injured and with rookie Ryan Williams out for the season. Needless to say, runners have been in short supply for Arizona. That could change this weekend when the team hosts the New York Giants in Glendale.

DC Ray Horton says pride must be put aside to learn defense -
Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton feels good about the strides his group made last week against Seattle but knows some things will have to change. "You have to add something," he said. "You can't do what we did last week for 16 games and be successful. You have to come after people, and we are." In saying that, Horton knows some guys are picking up the new system faster than others. One of those struggling a bit is linebacker O'Brien Schofield. blogs - Kent Somers - A Friday walk-through
A few notes as the week winds down:

Cards Daily - Defense Ready to Battle NYG Offense
The Cardinals must trust their defensive keys when matching up against Eli Manning and the New York Giants offense.

NFL Videos: A Football Life: Kurt Warner sneak peek
Get an early look at the next episode of "A Football Life" which documents the Cinderella story of Kurt Warner. For more, check out

Arizona Sports News:

Ian Kennedy must lift the Diamondbacks one more time
Opportunity doesn't elude Ian Kennedy. In one magical season, he became a dad, an ace and a member of an elite fraternity. He is just the fourth Diamondbacks pitcher to win 20 games in a single season. He won 21 and now he must win one more.

NFL News:

Former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger dies at 58 - ESPN
Mike Heimerdinger, a former offensive coordinator for the Titans, Broncos and Jets, died Friday night after a nearly year-long battle with a rare form of cancer. He was 58.

Terrelle Pryor's Appeal Denied; Suspension Remains Intact -
Terrelle Pryor was successfully admitted to the 2011 NFL supplemental draft, where he was selected by the Oakland Raiders, and the NFL suspended him for the first five weeks of the season. Pryor would have been suspended his first five college games if he had chosen to stay at Ohio State so, from the outside looking in, it certainly appeared as if the NFL was doing the NCAA's job.

Steelers' James Farrior Fined $15,000 For Hit On Colts' Kerry Collins -
Steelers LB James Farrior was fined $15,000 for a hit he laid on Colts QB Kerry Collins in last week's Sunday Night Football game.

Dez Bryant Status Update: Listed As Questionable With Thigh Injury, Game-Time Decision -
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is listed as questionable on the injury update for today's match up with the San Francisco 49ers. Bryant missed week two with a thigh contusion and had not practiced all week until Saturday when Bryant did some light passing drills work. Bryant is likely to wind up a game time decision, but the Cowboys will need Bryant in the line up with Miles Austin already ruled out for the game. Bryant only has 3 catches so far on the season, but if he can play he'll significantly help the Cowboys offense.

NFL reminds teams not to simulate snap counts | ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys and Titans complained last weekend about the simulation of snap counts by the defenses of the Redskins and Broncos, respectively. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday that the league has reminded all teams that such conduct is forbidden.