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11-17-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Kolb Still Limited In Practice

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Time for some links, including the return to practice for Kolb but it is still unlikely that he will be able to go this week.

Arizona Cardinals News:

When Late, Great Time For A Drive
TD march in Philadelphia showed "urgency" of Cards

Kolb, Skelton Share Stage
Notebook: QB returns to practice; 'Other' Skelton to imitate Niners

Word From the Birds Blog - Kolb, Doucet and tales from Philly
A couple of leftover anecdotes from the trip to Philadelphia: – One was the slowly spreading story — mentioned by Kevin Kolb himself, originally, on a radio interview — that Kolb was calling out plays the Eagles were going to run while he was on the sideline sitting out with his injured foot. Asked about it Wednesday, Kolb downplayed his impact. "There was some two-minute stuff that I could help out with here and there," Kolb said. "I tried to game plan with (defensive coordinator) Ray (Horton) a little bit. How much help that I really did for our defense, I’m not really sure.

Arizona Cardinals' Kevin Kolb likely to miss game vs. San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback Kevin Kolb took snaps and threw passes in Wednesday's practice, something he hadn't done in more than two weeks. But Kolb moved "gingerly" on his injured right foot, and judging from the portion of practice that's on the record for reporters, he didn't look close to being ready to play on Sunday against the 49ers. "It is frustrating; I didn't expect it to take this long," said Kolb, who has missed two games since suffering the injury against Baltimore on Oct. 30. "But I'm glad we are on a two-game winning streak at this time. It's pretty sweet." Kolb's injury includes turf toe, sprained ligaments in the mid-foot area and a bone bruise. blogs - Kent Somers - Going five deep at tight end
The Cardinals added tight end Steve Skelton to the practice squad on Wednesday, releasing receiver Isaiah Williams. The signing of Skelton, John's brother, suggests the Cardinals aren't optimistic about the return of Todd Heap (hamstring) and/or Rob Housler (groin) from injury. We'll have more information about their condition after practice, which ends around 1:30 p.m.

Cardinals look to end struggles against 49ers -
The Cardinals have won two games in a row but the past four games against the San Fransisco 49ers have resulted in a loss.

Kolb knew what was coming from Eagles -
Kevin Kolb didn't get to make his return to Philadelphia on the field. The former Eagles quarterback was in street clothes during Arizona's 21-17 win over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. But that doesn't mean Kolb didn't have an effect on the game. NFL teams often rely on former players from the teams that they're facing. Philadelphia made Kolb's input even more valuable than it normally would have been. How? They didn't change their signals from when Kolb was wearing the midnight green of the Eagles.

2012 Pro Bowl fan balloting: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Where NFC West players rank in fan voting for the Pro Bowl through Nov. 15, with online voting continuing through Dec. 19 (know that players and coaches vote Dec. 21-21, teams are announced Dec. 27 and listed positions sometimes differ from the ones players play):

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: Kevin Kolb's turf-toe injury is more than just a turf-toe injury. He's also dealing with a bone bruise along the outside of the same foot -- his right one, which takes most of the pressure when Kolb plants to throw. That bone bruise makes it tougher for Kolb to compensate for the toe injury by distributing additional weight elsewhere on the foot. As a result, he's struggling to come back quickly and could miss the Cardinals' game against San Francisco on Sunday. Kolb was already struggling in a new offense. He hasn't practiced in recent weeks, making it tougher for the team to feel good about playing him without a full week of practice. John Skelton appears likely to make a third consecutive start, particularly after winning his previous two. Tight ends Todd Heap (hamstring) and Rob Housler (groin) did not practice. Beanie Wells (knee) also sat out. Wells will presumably play, but the ground game faces a tough enough challenge against the 49ers without injuries diminishing Wells and the tight ends.

Kolb was calling out Eagles’ plays to Arizona defense | ProFootballTalk
If you watched Wednesday’s PFT Live, you heard Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb telling Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano of 94 WIP in Philly that, during Sunday’s game at Philadelphia, Kolb was calling out the Eagles’ plays to the Arizona defense.

Jake Plummer got tired of the NFL, content with new life -
Jake Plummer had a 10-year NFL career, one that saw him experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. As a Cardinal, Plummer guided the team to the playoffs in 1998, the team's first postseason birth since moving to the desert. His career with the Cardinals lasted another four years, but he did not reach the playoffs again until 2003, as a member of the Denver Broncos. His team reached the AFC Championship Game in 2005, and was rewarded by the team drafting Jay Cutler in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Needless to say, the ups and downs wore on the former ASU star.

Jake Plummer reflects on Pat Tillman -
Former Sun Devil and Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer spent a lot of time playing football with the late Pat Tillman, but it is the memories and lessons off the field that make Plummer think back to his close friend. Plummer shared his thoughts on Tillman with Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf.

Cardinals Underground - SF Preview
Paul Calvisi, Darren Urban, and Ron Wolfley talk about the road win against the Eagles, John Skelton's performance, the match-up with the 49ers, and more.

Cards Daily - Kolb Limited as SF Prep Begins
QB Kevin Kolb returned to practice on a limited basis as the Cardinals began their on-field preparations for division rival San Francisco.

Inside the Cards Game Winning Drive @ PHI
Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network breaks down how John Skelton was able to lead the Cardinals 87-yard, game-winning drive against the Eagles

Arizona Sports News:

Diamondbacks' Kirk Gibson wins NL Manager of the Year
For one day, at least, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson will have to live with being in the spotlight. The Baseball Writers Association of America announced Gibson as its National League Manager of the Year today.

NFL News:

Andrew Luck Sweepstakes: Indianapolis Colts Moving Closer To No. 1 Pick -
After ten weeks of the 2011 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts have taken a commanding lead for the number one overall pick. They face numerous questions between now and the April 2012 NFL Draft.

2012 Pro Bowl Voting Update: Green Bay Packers Dominating The NFC Vote -
The NFL released early Pro Bowl voting results and the Packers, along with the Patriots, Ravens and Steelers, are dominating the vote.

Seahawks Lose Two Starting Offensive Linemen For The Season -
The Seahawks lost two starting offensive linemen for the season this week when RG John Moffitt and RT James Carpenter went down with injuries.

Ben Graham signs with Detroit Lions | Herald Sun
The Lions are set to become Graham's fourth NFL club after signing the free agent today, according to reports from US news sites including NBC.

Reid gets irritated with questions about when Vick broke his ribs | ProFootballTalk
It’s known that Eagles quarterback Mike Vick missed practice on Wednesday with broken ribs. It’s still unknown when Vick actually broke the ribs.