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11-24-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Kolb Back To Work

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone, todays links involve Kolb getting back into practice and possibly being able to play on Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Optimistic Kolb Gets To Work
Quarterback hoping to do more than just help on sideline Sunday

Frustrated Heap Deals With Wait
Notebook: Tight end battles hamstring; RT Keith sits out practice

Cardinals' Kevin Kolb optimistic about returning vs. the Rams
With his limp nearly gone and a practice (well, about half of one) behind him, Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is optimistic that he will be ready to return to weekend work Sunday in St. Louis. Kolb estimated he took around 35 percent of the snaps in practice on Wednesday, in addition to running the scout team about half the time. "Physically, it was where I wanted to be," Kolb said of his right-foot injury. "We didn't work it too hard, but it was plenty of good work." Kolb's limp was less noticeable on Wednesday than it's been since he suffered the injury on Oct. 30 in Baltimore. He has missed three games, more than he anticipated, as he recovered from turf toe, a mid-foot sprain and a bone bruise. Asked whether practicing Wednesday made him optimistic to start against the Rams on Sunday, Kolb replied, "Absolutely, sure."

Cardinals' tight ends may return Sunday against Rams
Quarterback Kevin Kolb isn't the only key offensive player who might return from injury this week. Tight end Todd Heap, who has missed most of six games with a hamstring pull, practiced on Wednesday, as did tight end Rob Housler, who has missed the past three games with a groin injury. Both tight ends were limited, but that's a step up for Housler, who hasn't practiced since suffering the injury against Baltimore on Oct. 30.

NFC West injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: Quarterback Kevin Kolb appears close to returning from the toe and foot injuries that have sidelined him since Oct. 30. He estimated taking more than a third of the reps in practice Wednesday. All signs point to a likely return for Kolb against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but he'll need to continue practicing to work through some of the rust. Tight ends Todd Heap and Rob Housler were limited, as was running back Beanie Wells. Injuries at quarterback, running back and tight end will affect any offense. Wells' knee hasn't let him carry a full load, costly for the Cardinals after the team traded Tim Hightower and lost Ryan Williams to injured reserve.

Word From the Birds Blog - Beanie’s knee and his limits
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the sore knee of running back Beanie Wells isn’t limiting what the Cardinals can do in the run game, although it is limiting the number of reps Beanie can get in a game. "We’re fortunate we’re able to have Beanie at all after what happened and thinking he might be gone for the year," Whisenhunt said.

Word From the Birds Blog - Kolb’s big step coming back from injuries
I’ll have more later, but quarterback Kevin Kolb was back to taking reps in 11-on-11 Wednesday, estimating that he had taken "35 to 40 percent" and even jumped in with the scout team some just to get more work. He said it was "like Christmas" to be out there, although there is certainly no guarantee he plays Sunday in St. Louis. Coach Ken Whisenhunt stressed it was only Wednesday and a lot can happen the rest of the week. Kolb, as has been said before, is just anxious to play, period. John Skelton, who will start if Kolb can’t, acknowledged it is tougher to prep for a game when the quarterbacks are splitting reps, and it just means both players have to be that much more focused.

Jaworski: Time off could be beneficial to Kolb -
You never want to see your starting quarterback get injured, but perhaps some time on the sidelines is just what Kevin Kolb needs to turn his season around. That is what ESPN football analyst Ron Jaworski thought when he joined Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo.

ESPN Analyst: Skelton will be a starting QB one day -
It wasn't hard to see why head coach Ken Whisenhunt benched QB John Skelton on Sunday. The second year player threw for 99 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions, which earned him the third worst QB rating in Cardinals history. Though Skelton didn't exactly have a dream day, ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski sees a bright a future for the quarterback.

Kevin Kolb feeling better, anxious to play -
As Kevin Kolb's turf toe injury continues to improve, the quarterback gets more anxious to be back out on the playing field. "Today was like Christmas and even Whiz said 'hey you better settle yourself down,' because he could tell I was excited," Kolb said. Kolb suffered an inury to his toe during the 30-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8. He has missed three games since.

Leinart says he 'didn't know how to prepare' in Arizona -
There was a perception of Matt Leinart during his time in Arizona that he didn't really care about being great, that he was somewhat lazy and unmotivated. Released by the team just before the 2010 season, Leinart signed with the Houston Texans -- and re-signed with them in the offseason -- and is now set to start for the team in place of the injured Matt Schaub. As a guest on the Sirius XM Blitz, the 28-year-old admitted he had some things to learn before he could be successful.

Cards Daily - Kolb Practices, Defense Clicks
QB Kevin Kolb participates in live practice for the first time in three weeks and the defense is grasping the 3-4 scheme.

Cardinals Underground - STL Preview
Paul Calvisi, Darren Urban, and Damien Anderson talk about the loss against the 49ers and the match-up with the Rams in St. Louis.

Arizona Sports News:

Radim Vrbata's two goals help Coyotes down Ducks
Confidence plays a huge part in every player's mindset. And for the last six games, the confident level for Radim Vrbata has been growing. The Coyotes winger scored two goals - one coming on the slick move he uses and usually fools goaltenders with in shootouts - to pace a 4-2 win over Anaheim on Wednesday night at Arena.

Biggest turkeys in Arizona Sports, 2011 -
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, food and football (in any order you choose), and we at Arizona Sports don't feel any different. Still, while everyone is talking about what they're thankful for, it's worth noting some things did not go according to plan over the last year. Some people found the spotlight for the wrong reasons. So, in keeping with the holiday theme, we present to you the biggest turkeys in Arizona Sports for the last year.

NFL News:

Kyle Orton Claimed By Kansas City Chiefs Off Waiver Wire -
The Kyle Orton sweepstakes are now over. According to ESPN, the Kansas City Chiefs have claimed Orton off the waiver wire. The Chiefs had the ninth priority in the waiver wire, ahead of a team like the Bears, who were rumored to be interested in Orton.

Matt Schaub Officially Lands On IR; Texans Sign Kellen Clemens -
The Houston Texans officially placed QB Matt Schaub on injured reserve, officially ending his season. Schaub suffered a Lisfranc injury and speculation over the last week and a half has been that the team will place him on injured reserve and that's what they did on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bears Sign Josh McCown As Chiefs Claim Kyle Orton -
The Chicago Bears lost out to the Chiefs for Kyle Orton. Instead, they signed Josh McCown as a backup.

Dallas And Chicago Also Put In Claims For Kyle Orton -
The Kansas City Chiefs won the Kyle Orton sweepstakes, putting in the winning waiver claim for the former Broncos’ quarterback. Two other teams put in claims for Orton, but were further down the priority list than Kansas City with their 4-6 record. Chicago put in a claim, as expected. More surprising was that the Dallas Cowboys also put in a claim for Orton.

Fred Jackson's Injury Lands Him On Injured Reserve -
On Wednesday afternoon Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said RB Fred Jackson suffered a leg injury and would miss the Bills Week 12 game against the New York Jets. And later on Wednesday, a report has surfaced that the Bills have instead decided to place Jackson on injured reserve, which ends his season prematurely.

Elway is "very hopeful" that Tebow will be the answer | ProFootballTalk
Two days after his "um . . . no" response and six after that perfunctory golf clap coupled with an "oh crap, we’re stuck with him" look on his face, Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway once again has addressed the future of quarterback Tim Tebow.

2011 NFL Playoff Picture And The Injury Effect -
2011 is the year of the injury in the NFL. How is this year's unusual amount of broken thumbs, torn ACLs and other injuries shaping the NFL playoff picture?

XTRA910 audio: NFC West Week 12 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Dan Bickley, Mike Jurecki and I moved up our usual Friday conversation to Wednesday in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday.