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10-26-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Beanie Injury Update

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Time for more links, including one where Beanie says that he thinks he will play on Sunday. Now, he said this before the Seahawks game, but you never know....

Arizona Cardinals News:

Making Changes
As Cards look for wins, Whisenhunt looks at "every position"

Arizona Cardinals: What might be wrong with Beanie Wells' knee
What fans and media know about Beanie Wells' injured right knee fits in a medium-sized paragraph. Wells suffered the injury against the Steelers last Sunday and has swelling. The knee is "stable", according to coach Ken Whisenhunt, and Wells won't knee surgery. The unknown, however, takes several paragraphs to explore. We don't know what part of the knee is injured. We don't know what made the knee keep "locking up" on Sunday. Wells said it's not related to the knee surgery he underwent last season. And we don't know if it's related to the allergic reaction he had later to an injection. We don't know when Wells will return, so his availability for Sunday's game in Baltimore is in question. The "don't knows" go on and on.

Beanie Wells expects to play Sunday against Ravens -
When Cardinals running back Beanie Wells left the game in the first half against the Steelers with a knee injury, it was feared he might be lost for the season. Luckily, that's not the case and it's even possible Wells could suit up against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. "It's just a matter of controlling the swelling. It's just a day by day thing. Hopefully I'm out there on Sunday and I personally think I will be," said Wells on the Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf show Tuesday.

Sitting out and watching is rough on Kerry Rhodes -
A football player wants to be on the field. Not being out there, especially when the team is struggling, is tough to deal with. Thus is the plight of Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes, who watched a game from the sidelines for the first time Sunday. "It was very, very weird," Rhodes told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf. "It was pretty difficult on Sunday."

Should the Cards have interest in Bernard Berrian? -
The Arizona Cardinals at 1-5 have all kinds of problems from lack of a pass rush, inexperienced secondary, struggling offensive line and Kevin Kolb trying to learn the offense. However, not much has been made of their lack of a true number two wide receiver to take pressure off Larry Fitzgerald. A potential solution may have emerged on Tuesday as the Minnesota Vikings released Bernard Berrian.

Coach Whisenhunt left with few options to improve Cardinals
A college roommate had a saying that he used, oh, only about 42 times a semester: The large print giveth and the small print taketh away. I thought of that after the Cardinals' past two losses when coach Ken Whisenhunt vowed to "look at everything we are doing and look at the guys we are doing it with." That's the large print. Here's the small print, provided by Whisenhunt: "It's not easy when you have a 53-man roster." No, it's not. But when a team is 1-5, no one wants to hear: "Those guys who are playing for us on Sundays? They are the best we have."

Outside the huddle: A.J. Jefferson
Each week, The Republic spotlights a Cardinals player for a series of on-the-spot, off-beat questions.

Looking at the Numbers- Cardinals Week 8 -
Six games and seven weeks into the season, the biggest number surrounding the Arizona Cardinals is 1-5. That's the Cardinals record through 6 games, and they've lost their last 5. That mark also puts them four full games behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West standings with ten games left to play. In other words, the outlook is beyond bleak at this point. But there are some other telling numbers with this team that may (or may not) shed some light on why they are where they are.

Word From the Birds Blog - Always upstairs, Miller tries downstairs
Offensive coordinator Mike Miller spent the game against the Steelers on the sideline instead of the coaches box since, well, ever. He’s always been a coach up in the box, and for a coordinator, it’s always about personal preference (like DC Ray Horton, after spending a preseason game on the field, going back upstairs).

NFC West Stock Watch - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Falling: Coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves. The men who got much of the credit for reviving a dormant franchise get most of the blame now that the Cardinals have lost five games in a row and 14 of their last 17 dating to last season. Ownership opened its wallet during the offseason, spending for Kevin Kolb and quite a few free agents. The product on the field hasn't improved sufficiently. The record has gotten worse. Kolb hasn't met expectations. A trip to Baltimore in Week 8 isn't likely to trigger a turnaround. Arizona lost seven in a row at one point last season, winning only when the dysfunctional Denver Broncos arrived. The current Cardinals have a home game against the Rams in Week 9 before a three-game road trip. This team could easily be 3-10 or 2-11 when Cleveland visits in Week 15.

Where NFC West teams rank: Week 7 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals: dropped from 19th to 28th in points per game allowed; dropped from 19th to 27th in NFL passer rating allowed after Ben Roethlisberger passed for 361 yards and three touchdowns in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 32-20 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Quarterback class of 2007 could end up being a complete bust | ProFootballTalk
We’ve known for a while that the first player taken in the 2007 draft — quarterback JaMarcus Russell — became a bust of colossal proportions. But with Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb sliding to 1-5 in Arizona, it’s time to ask the broader question. Is every quarterback taken in the 2007 draft a bust?

Video: Big changes ahead for the Arizona Cardinals?
CineSport's Brian Clark sits down with Paola Boivin of The Arizona Republic as they discuss what the Cards need to do to get back to their winning ways.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Coyotes fall to Dallas Stars in overtime shootout
Trademark Shane Doan: A vicious one-timer followed by a huge smile. The Coyotes captain scored on a power play with 11:47 remaining in the game, the 300th of his career - but his joy turned to gloom as the Dallas Stars rallied late and won 3-2 in a shootout. The shootout lasted eight rounds, with Trevor Daley breaking the deadlock after Patrick O'Sullivan and Dallas' Michael Ryder scored in the fifth round. Only 6,948 fans, the lowest attendance of the season, saw Doan hit the milestone.

NFL News:

NFL Week 7, Best And Worst: From Tim Tebow's Comeback To Seahawks-Browns Touchdown-Less Game -
From Tim Tebow's come-from-behind victory over the Dolphins to a game with zero touchdowns, here are the top-five best and worst plays from NFL Week 7.

Peyton Manning Could Still Play This Year, Colts' Bill Polian Says -
The Indianapolis Colts are now 0-7 to start the 2011 NFL season and this is shaping up to be one of the worst years in history for the Colts. That's what happens when you lose someone like Peyton Manning (but the team shouldn't be this bad). Colts executive Bill Polian talked with Peter King this week and had a few Manning-related nuggets.

Bernard Berrian Released By Minnesota Vikings -
As many predicted, the Vikings have released Bernard Berrian, three and a half years after signing him to a six-year contract.

JaMarcus Russell Wants To Get Back Into The NFL - From Our Editors -
The reclusive JaMarcus Russell has stepped into the light and talked with Sports Illustrated, the first time he's talked publicly in...a really long time. The story gets his side of a few perceptions out there, namely that he's lazy, wasted away his talent and that he's broke.

JaMarcus Russell blames sleep apnea, Tom Cable, bad teammates | ProFootballTalk
This week’s Sports Illustrated catches up with JaMarcus Russell to find out how the 2007 first overall draft pick views his failed career, now that he’s out of football at age 26. Among the details: Russell feels some ill will toward former coach Tom Cable, thinks his teammates deserve as much blame as he does for the Raiders’ problems, and says the reason he had trouble staying awake in team meetings is that he has sleep apnea.

Free Agent Terrell Owens Conducts Workout On Tuesday -
Terrell Owens hopes to play in the NFL again and conducted a workout on Tuesday in which no NFL teams showed up.

Chris Cooley's Injury Lands Him On IR, Season Is Over -
Chris Cooley underwent surgery on his finger recently and it was believed that he would only miss a few weeks but the Washington Redskins announced that he has been placed on injured reserve, which means his season is over. Cooley has also had some issues with his knee since the preseason.

Shawne Merriman's Injury Will End His Season For Buffalo Bills -
The Bills announced Shawne Merriman would be placed on IR with an Achilles' injury.

Terrell Owens Struggles In Public Workout - From Our Editors -
Free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens held his private workout today that drew little interest from NFL clubs. Owens workout was shown live on NFL Network, so teams could actually sit at home and watch the workout if they really wanted to. Unfortunately for Owens, he struggled in his workout. The 37-year old wide receiver is just six months removed from ACL surgery, which included a trip to Korea of stem cell treatment. The workout was put together by Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Dolphins Add J.P. Losman With Sage Rosenfels Now Unavailable -
The Dolphins have brought in J.P. Losman to provide depth at quarterback.

Chris Cook Suspended By Vikings Indefinitely Following Felony Domestic Assault Charges -
Chris Cook, in jail since Saturday after allegedly strangling his girlfriend, was formally charged with felony domestic assault on Tuesday. He was then released on $40,000 bail, but he won't be returning to action for the Minnesota Vikings anytime soon. Late Tuesday evening, the team announced an indefinite suspension for the cornerback, releasing the following statement:

Tim Tebow And What His Success Or Failure Means For Religion - From Our Editors -
Just by being himself, Tim Tebow presents a "minor cultural puzzle", as Brian Phillips explains at Grantland today. As he elaborates, there's something different between Tebow and other players that've been openly religious over the years:

2011 49ers Week 6: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed while watching the San Francisco 49ers defeat the Detroit Lions, 25-19, in their most recent game:

2011 Seahawks Week 7: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed while watching the Seattle Seahawks during their 6-3 defeat to the Cleveland Browns in Week 7:

NFL Power Rankings: How they voted - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Four teams ranked third through ninth in ESPN's previous NFL Power Rankings lost in Week 7. Three of them remained in the top nine anyway when John Clayton, Paul Kuharsky, Ashley Fox and James Walker joined me in casting ballots this week.

NFL power rankings - Week 8
Here is an updated version of NFL Power Rankings as we get ready for Week 8. I'll update them every Tuesday throughout the season. Previous rankings in parenthesis: