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12-1-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Kolb's Return

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Lets start off December with the news that Kevin Kolb looks like he will be able to return to the starting job this week along with some other stuff.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Kolb Expects Cowboys Return
Notebook: QB works full; Beanie limited; Peterson player of month

Word From the Birds Blog - One call for three Cards Pro Bowlers — including A-Dub
The guys at watch all the games every week and grade and break down all the players. So it makes sense they would have a big-picture view of those worthy for the Pro Bowl and today, site founder Neil Hornsby put together a list of who he feels should make the Pro Bowl thus far, based on the totality of the work. The Cards may be 4-7, but Hornsby put three Cards on the NFC squad, all as starters: Patrick Peterson as a return man, Larry Fitzgerald as a wide receiver and, wait for it … Adrian Wilson at safety.

The Peterson Fear Factor
Rookie may not break punt return every time, but threat is always there

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb expects to play against Dallas Cowboys
After five weeks of answering questions about his big right toe, Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is ready for people to ask him about his performance in a game. That might come this week against the Cowboys at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kolb took every snap with the starters in practice on Wednesday, he said, and expects to play for the first time since suffering the injury in Baltimore on Oct. 30.

Word From the Birds Blog - Peterson "freaked around" and scuttled wildcat
Patrick Peterson shook his head. "I freaked around and fumbled the ball," he said, lamenting his blown chance playing quarterback in a wildcat formation Sunday in St. Louis. Coach Ken Whisenhunt already said he thought Peterson could have potentially taken the play — it was second-and-8 for the Cardinals from their own 26-yard line in the first quarter — all the way for a touchdown. "It was open," Whisenhunt said, and Peterson wasn’t arguing the point.

NFC West injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: Quarterback Kevin Kolb took all the first-team reps in practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering toe/foot injuries against Baltimore one month ago. That puts Kolb on course to start against Dallas. Running back Beanie Wells was limited, but his 27-carry, 228-yard performance against Arizona suggests his knee injury is no longer holding him back much. And with fullback Anthony Sherman also healthy, the Cardinals' offensive backfield finally appears whole. That gives the team a chance to more accurately evaluate its offense over the final five games of the season. Hamstring trouble continues to limit tight end Todd Heap, but rookie Rob Housler practicing fully. Tight end Jeff King has become a preferred outlet against pressure for Arizona quarterbacks.

Cardinals' youth movement is old news - NFC West Blog - ESPN
If the headline above this item sounds confusing, that was the point. The Arizona Cardinals are at once a young, emerging team and an old, declining one.

Peterson presents 'a great challenge' to Cowboys -
If Patrick Peterson didn't have every team's attention before, he most certainly has it now.

Dockett not interested in history lesson with Cowboys -
The Cardinals and defensive end Darnell Dockett are ready for the Cowboys to come to town this weekend but they're not ready for a history lesson… even if it's a good one. When asked about the team's recent success against Dallas, Dockett wanted none of it.

Peterson wants to make Cowboys pay if they kick it to him -
Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson leads the league in punt returns for touchdowns. Through Week 12 though, teams continue to kick it to him.

Cardinals excited to take on Tony Romo and Cowboys -
The Arizona Cardinals are out of the playoff picture but they still have opportunities to disrupt other teams' playoff hopes. Starting with the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday.

Time off could help Kevin Kolb in final month -
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb announced that he expects to start against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Sidelined the past four weeks with a turf toe injury, Kolb returns to the playing field with expectations as high as ever. Arizona Sports 620's Ron Wolfley said that he will be watching the QB over the final month of the season. "I cannot wait to see how Kolb comes back from that injury and if that time off has helped him," Wolfley said.

Dallas native Sam Acho has 'wised up' -
Being from Dallas, of course Sam Acho is a Cowboys fan. Or at least, was a Cowboys fan. "Growing up I was a Cowboys fan. As I got a little older I wised up," he said with a laugh. Acho and his new favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals, host his former favorite team Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. He, though, is not making this week any more special than the previous eleven.

Cowboys ready for challenges Cardinals present -
The Dallas Cowboys may be the clear favorites when they invade University of Phoenix stadium to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but that doesn't mean they are overlooking their opponent this week.

Kolb expects to play against Cowboys on Sunday -
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb expects to return to the field on Sunday against the Cowboys. "I feel really good. It was good to get back in the action. Obviously, we'll see tomorrow how it feels after a full day like that, but I have full intention of playing," said Kolb after going through his first full practice Wednesday since returning form injury.

Cardinals Underground - DAL Preview
Paul Calvisi, Darren Urban, and Ron Wolfley talk about the running game, the potential return of QB Kevin Kolb, and more.

Cards Daily - Kolb Expects to Return vs DAL
QB Kevin Kolb took all of his normal reps at practice on Wednesday and hopes to return to action on Sunday against a tough Dallas defense.

Whisenhunt Passes Mentor on Cards Wins List
With the win on Sunday, Coach Whisenhunt passed his former coach and mentor Jim Hanifan to become second on the all-time wins list in franchise history.

NFL News:

Von Miller Reportedly Had Surgery On Thumb -
Denver Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller reportedly underwent thumb surgery following Sunday's overtime win over the San Diego Chargers.

Sidney Rice Lands On Injured Reserve For Seahawks -
The Seattle Seahawks have shut down wide receiver Sidney Rice for the season. The team announced today that Rice has been placed on the injured reserve list, according to Danny O'Neil at the Seattle Times. Rice suffered a concussion in a week 12 loss to the Redskins, his third concussion in the last 12 months.

Stevie Johnson's TD Celebration Costs Him $10,000 -
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson has been fined for his touchdown celebration in Sunday's loss to the New York Jets. According to the Associated Press, Johnson was fined $10,000 for his touchdown celebration, which mocked Plaxico Burress.

Jay Cutler Admits Thumb Injury May End His Season -
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler spoke to reporters for the first time since his thumb surgery, giving an update on his injured thumb. Cutler had surgery to repair his broken thumb on Nov. 23 and may miss the season as a result. Since his injury, a timetable for Cutler's return to the field has been unclear, though he did update the media on status.

Colts-Patriots Point Spread Isn't The Biggest Ever, But It's Close - From Our Editors -
The New England Patriots are 21-point favorites over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, a game that was flexed out of the Sunday Night Football spot. (Obviously the NFL thought Peyton Manning would be playing.)

LeBron James Mocks Stevie Johnson, Who Was Mocking Plaxico - From Our Editors -
The LeBron James-Kevin Durant flag football showdown finally came to fruition Wednesday night, and if the NBA Lockout hadn't ended, all the highlights circulating around the internet today would have been just about the most depressing piece of Lockout Life yet. Instead, it's just this weird thing that happened a couple weeks before basketball season. And in the spirit of weird things happening, here's LeBron impersonating Stevie Johnson.