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10-25-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Beanie Injury

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Time for this mornings links, including updates on Beanies knee.

Arizona Cardinals News:


Arizona Cardinals' Beanie Wells doesn't need surgery on knee, Ken Whisenhunt says
Running back Beanie Wells' right knee is "stable" and he won't need surgery, coach Ken Whisenhunt said on Monday.

Beanie Wells injured, could have been worse -
The Cardinals needed Beanie Wells to step up this season, and the third-year pro has responded by averaging 4.6 yards per carry and scoring six times. The Ohio State product has looked every bit the feature back -- when he's been on the field.

Word From the Birds Blog - Beanie status not serious but uncertain
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said at one point Sunday, the Cardinals feared running back Beanie Wells’ right knee injury would be a season-ender. It’s not. While the NFL Network called it a bone bruise and said Wells would miss one to two weeks, Whisenhunt declined to get that specific, only saying the knee was "stable." Whiz said Wells didn’t need surgery after taking a shot against the Steelers and then having the knee "lock up on him."

Word From the Birds Blog - Kolb, his footwork and the future
Sunday, quarterback Kevin Kolb said he felt like he was making progress. Monday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said the progress is there in some places. In other places, not enough — like Kolb and his footwork. Footwork means a lot of things to a quarterback, from his depth of drops to his balance while throwing. It’s the latter Whisenhunt wants to see improve.

The Other Back On The Mend
With Wells dinged, rookie Williams -- who feared being cut -- rehabs

Kevin Kolb an experienced rookie? -
It's no secret that new quarterback Kevin Kolb has been less than stellar in his first season as a Cardinal. Kolb's season started off promising with a two touchdown, 309 yard performance in the Cardinals' Week 1 victory over the Panthers, but the wheels have fallen from there. Since that win Kolb's completion percentage and quarterback rating have fallen significantly, and the Cardinals have lost every time out. On Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf, Ron Wolfley said that Kolb is actually regressing, not progressing.

Arizona Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt: Kevin Kolb, team not progressing fast enough
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb said after Sunday's game that he felt he was making progress. Coach Ken Whisenhunt's response on Monday: "When you have lost five games in a row, I don't think anybody is progressing at the rate we need. "I think you're naïve if you say that. I'm not saying Kevin is naïve to say that. Kevin has made progress in some areas, but I think all know there have been some plays he's left out there."

Arizona Cardinals compounding their own mistakes, not capitalizing on others'
If Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt had to assess his team's performance this season - and at 1-5, he'd rather not - he would offer this summary: "Other teams are making us pay for our mistakes," he said, "and we're not making other teams pay for their mistakes." Each defeat contains multiple examples of that, including Sunday's 32-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Arizona Cardinals should take cue from injured RB Ryan Williams
A reality check stopped by the Cardinals' practice facility Monday, a tangible reminder that for all the gloominess a 1-5 record brings, players should shed any ounce of self-pity and embrace their lot. A Ryan Williams sighting will do that for you.

Injury woes continue for Beanie Wells -
Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells has battled through nagging injuries all season but despite that he is playing the best football of his career. Wells has faced criticism on his toughness his whole career but he has done a good job quieting those critics this season while playing hurt. Sunday's game against the Steelers provided further proof that Wells is willing to play through injuries after he said his knee hurt in the first quarter before another hit ultimately knocked him out of the game in the second quarter. Wells is a tough running back who is willing to play through pain, but is he durable enough to be the number one back carrying the load for an NFL team?

Heap says team still believes in Kolb -
With the Arizona Cardinals loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, many are starting to question whether Kevin Kolb is the answer at quarterback for the team. Don't count tight end Todd Heap as one of them saying the rest of the team hasn't lost confidence or hope in their new signal-caller.

Raise the white flag? No, that's not how it's done -
At 1-5 the Cardinals' 2011 season, for all intents and purposes, is over. There will be no division title, no wild card berth, no magical playoff run and no Super Bowl. Honestly, at this point, nobody can even guarantee that there will be anymore wins. That, however, doesn't mean it's time to enter the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, where teams may be trying to lose games in an effort to land the number one pick in next April's draft.

Kevin Kolb an experienced rookie? -
It's no secret that new quarterback Kevin Kolb has been less than stellar in his first season as a Cardinal. Kolb's season started off promising with a two touchdown, 309 yard performance in the Cardinals' Week 1 victory over the Panthers, but the wheels have fallen from there. Since that win Kolb's completion percentage and quarterback rating have fallen significantly, and the Cardinals have lost every time out. On Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf, Ron Wolfley said that Kolb is actually regressing, not progressing.

Hamza Abdullah (seriously) calls out Cardinals fans -
The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 32- 20 Sunday. The Arizona Cardinals allowed Ben Roethlisberger to throw for 361 yards and three touchdowns and the Arizona Cardinals lost their fifth straight game. But the team's motto is "We do this together," and that includes the fans. So, as safety Hamza Abdullah pointed out on his twitter page after Sunday's game, they deserve part of the blame.

2011 Week 7: NFC West game changers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A disputed penalty prevented the Seattle Seahawks' Leon Washington from topping our Week 7 chart for most pivotal play in the NFC West. That left LaRod Stephens-Howling's 73-yard touchdown reception from Kevin Kolb atop the list this week. The play improved the Arizona Cardinals' win probability from 15.4 percent to 37.6 percent, based on how similar plays have affected outcomes in similar situations previously.

Time has come for Cardinals to evaluate, maybe make changes -
That's now five straight losses for the Arizona Cardinals. There's little relief in sight as the team travels to Baltimore Sunday, especially knowing the Cardinals have lost 10 straight on the road dating back to last season. As can be expected, head coach Ken Whisenhunt says it's time to evaluate the team in hopes of finding something that works.

Fellow receivers are not responsible for Larry Fitzgerald's down season -
It is no secret that the Arizona Cardinals offense is struggling, as one needs only look at Larry Fitzgerald's statistics to see there are some issues. 31 receptions, 505 yards, two touchdowns. Not embarrassing, but not great. And, as we all know, Fitz is great. So what's the problem?

Turns out injured Wells relatively healthy - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals emerged from the 2011 NFL draft with three starting-caliber halfbacks. Beanie Wells is the healthiest of the three, and he's got a knee injury that could sideline him indefinitely. Tim Hightower, traded to Washington as training camps were beginning, will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL. Ryan Williams, drafted to replace Hightower and push Wells for the starting job in Arizona, suffered a torn patella during preseason and will not return until next season. The Cardinals thought Wells might be headed for injured reserve Sunday, coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters Monday. But tests showed Wells suffered no structural damage to the knee. Swelling is a problem for now. It's unclear when Wells might return, but he'll be back this season. Durability has been a concern for Wells, but the truth is, running backs get hurt.

Nightmarish Sunday for Cardinals secondary -
You can't say that the Arizona Cardinals weren't aware of Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace passing combination heading into Sunday's game. They were. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton spoke last week about scaling down the defense and taking a lot of looks out of the rotation because, in his words, they "weren't ready." Horton also explained a big reason why things were scaled down. "Because of Mike Wallace," Horton said. "He's a special guy. You have to respect what he does and I don't want a bad matchup with 17 (Wallace) who's averaging 20 yards a catch running deep on us." If you didn't watch the game and somebody told you that Wallace would have only three catches in the game, you'd probably be pretty happy about it.

Don't expect the Cardinals to go RB shopping -
The 32-20 defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers hung on them wasn't the only loss suffered by the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Running back Beanie Wells left the game with a right knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. Alfonso Smith took over the spot and ran for 17 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Monday morning that Wells would not require surgery, but didn't offer many details other than that.

NFC West coaching seats warm to occasion - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Some Arizona Cardinals fans are also getting restless. Their coach, Ken Whisenhunt, has gone 3-14 over his last 17 games. The Cardinals were 5-12 in their final 17 games under Dennis Green. The obvious progress Whisenhunt made posting three consecutive non-losing records, complete with a Super Bowl appearance and 4-2 postseason record, fades with each defeat.

QBR ranks: Kolb better, Whitehurst not - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kevin Kolb, Cardinals (49.0 QBR, 86.9 NFL rating): Kolb completed 18 of 34 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns, one interception, one penalty for grounding and no fumbles during the Cardinals' home defeat to Pittsburgh. He scrambled 11 yards on a first-and-10 play. He also sustained an 11-play, 71-yard touchdown drive with a 3-yard scramble on fourth-and-1. Kolb's job got tougher when the team lost running back Beanie Wells to a knee injury in the second quarter. Kolb's 73-yard touchdown pass to LaRod Stephens-Howling came on a short throw. QBR gives receivers more credit than quarterbacks for yards after the catch. news: Bone bruise likely to sideline Cards RB Wells up to 2 weeks
The Arizona Cardinals expect to lose running back Beanie Wells for at least a week, and possibly two, with a bone bruise in his right knee, a team source said Monday. "Good news is it's not a surgical option," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "His knee is stable."

(Note: Whiz did say it wasn't a bone bruise)

Cards Daily - Searching for Answers
Despite the loss to the Steelers the Cardinals will continue to search for a winning formula.

In the Red Zone with Ken Whisenhunt - PIT Review
Coach joined the Doug and Wolf Show on Arizona Sports 620 to review the loss against the Steelers.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson named National League manager of the year by The Sporting News
Kirk Gibson was named the National League manager of the year by The Sporting News on Monday, the first of what could be multiple awards for the Diamondbacks' manager.

NFL News:

NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: Saints Surge Up To Second Spot -
SB Nation's 2011 NFL power rankings for Week 8 are out and, once again, the Packers are our No. 1 team while the Saints jump up five spots to No. 2.

Ndamukong Suh Calls Matt Ryan's Injury 'Karma,' But Denies Taunting -
Ndamukong Suh denies taunting Matt Ryan after Ryan went down with an ankle injury during Sunday's game between the Lions and Falcons. Not content with merely clearing his name, the defensive tackle suggested the quarterback's injury, which occurred when one of Ryan's teammates stepped on his ankle, was actually a form of "karma."

The Wembley Stadium Streaker, And The Player Who High-Fived Him -
In London on Sunday, a hooligan stormed the field during the Bears-Buccaneers game. As has been attempted many times, he tried to high five a player. This time, Bears cornerback Corey Graham high-fived him back, and it was beautiful.

Ravens Vs. Jaguars Score Update: Joe Flacco Completes Pass To Himself, Jags Kick Field Goal -
Monday Night Football only gets stinkers like tonight's Ravens-Jaguars futility-off every so often, so it's important to cherish every bit of misery Jon Gruden must "THIS GUY" through as dearly as possible. Joe Flacco completing a pass to himself would fall squarely into that category.