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8-9-11: Bird Droppings - Training Camp Updates

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After spending a nice day up in Flagstaff yesterday, here are some links from that day.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Camp Confidential: Arizona Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kevin Kolb has accomplished something not even Kurt Warner always managed during his five-year run with the Arizona Cardinals. He has brought clarity to the quarterback position. What a relief for Arizona.

Five impressions from the Red-White scrimmage -
The Arizona Cardinals held their annual Red-White scrimmage Saturday, an event seen by thousands of people, including Sports 620 KTAR's Doug and Wolf. The two made quite a few observations Saturday, but trimmed what they saw down to a list of the top five impressions.

Arizona Cardinals' Adrian Wilson has torn biceps tendon
Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson has a torn biceps tendon and will try rehabbing the injury instead of having surgery in an attempt to play this season.

Arizona Cardinals' Early Doucet impressing during camp
Early Doucet is saying all the right things and, more important, doing all the right things in training camp. This is a potential make-or-break year for the Cardinals wide receiver. Dogged by injuries and talk he appears to be injury prone since he entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick four years ago, Doucet knows it is time to make a statement.

Word From the Birds Blog - No depth chart surprises
The Cardinals have released their first official depth chart of the preseason, and it contains no real surprises, especially early on in the process. Many veterans who are battling to keep starting jobs got the first nod.

What to know about Adrian Wilson's injury - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Points to consider when projecting whether Adrian Wilson will play for the Arizona Cardinals this season despite a torn biceps tendon suffered Saturday:

Word From the Birds Blog - A-Dub goes Shawshank in his philosophy
Safety Adrian Wilson spoke after the afternoon practice looking nothing like a man facing an uphill battle with a torn biceps tendon. In fact, he went all philosophical when asked if he’d be ready for the season opener against Carolina. "I think I’ve got two options," Wilson said. "I can either get busy living, or get busy dying." A brilliant Shawshank Redemption play right there.

Word From the Birds Blog - Whisenhunt on Wilson: "We do expect for him to play."
Here’s what you need to know about safety Adrian Wilson’s injury as of Monday: He tore a biceps tendon in his right arm. He will try to rehab it and will try to play at some point. The timeline will be determined by how Wilson responds but "we do expect for him to play this season." Whisenhunt didn’t have a lot of details, and said it was going to be tough to guesstimate anything. Cornerback Patrick Peterson was telling reporters after practice Wilson told them he was going to be ready Week 1 against Carolina, but Whiz certainly wasn’t willing to nail anything down.

Adrian Wilson plays down bicep tendon tear talk -
If you talk to Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, his torn bicep tendon is nothing more than a speed bump.

A name for Cardinals to look at: Lee Evans -
The Arizona Cardinals missed out on Braylon Edwards and Malcom Floyd, and have shown little inclination to try and coax Randy Moss out of retirement. If at some point the team decides that they'll need more at the wide receiver position, options will be available. "What about Lee Evans with the Buffalo Bills," Dave Burns suggested on Sports 620 KTAR's Burns and Gambo show.

Randy Moss to the Cardinals? Hmm... -
Kurt Warner thinks the Cardinals should look into signing the recently-retired Randy Moss. Sports 620 KTAR's Ron Wolfley, on the Doug and Wolf Show Monday, said he had five thoughts on the topic.

Whisenhunt says Wilson will play this season -
"We do expect him to play for us this season, that's one thing that is encouraging." Those are the words of Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt, with regards to safety Adrian Wilson.

Matt Ware back where he's comfortable -
Matt Ware is comfortable with the Arizona Cardinals. The safety has spent the last five years of his career with the team, making the decision to come back a fairly easy one.

Peterson says Wilson will play Week 1 -
Adrian Wilson is the leader of the Cardinals' secondary, and losing him for any extended period of time would be a major blow to the Arizona Cardinals. Good thing, then, that his biceps injury won't force him to miss the start of the regular season. What?

Calais Campbell thinks the Arizona Cardinals defense should be a force -
Between the NFL's lockout and the hiring of new coordinator Ray Horton the argument could be made that the Arizona Cardinals' defense is behind the eight-ball. With just four weeks before the team's first regular season game and the fact that the defense struggled in 2010, there is a lot of work to do. That doesn't seem to worry Cards defensive end Calais Campbell. He knows the defense is motivated to get it right this season.

Should Cardinals consider Taylor Mays? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Adam from Glendale, Ariz., says he thought the Cardinals should have gone after Taylor Mays even before their own safety, Adrian Wilson, suffered an injury Saturday. He thinks Mays projects as a young Wilson and could learn from the Cardinals' veteran safety before taking over as the starter eventually.

Waiting For A Wilson Return
Pro Bowl safety expects to come back despite torn biceps tendon

Abdullah Heads To White House
Safety gets invite to dine with President at Iftar event

Bolinger Passes Away
Long-time scout spent 30 years with Cards

Cardinals Daily: Wilson Update, Doucet New Start
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Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks' Daniel Hudson roughed up in loss to Houston Astros
The scenario seemed ideal for the Diamondbacks. Fighting for the lead in the National League West, they began a 17-game stretch against non-division rivals and could not have asked for a better opponent than the Houston Astros, who have the fewest wins in the major leagues. On the mound was Daniel Hudson, coming off a quality eight-inning outing in which he won for the 11th time this season, primed to pitch his team into first place in the division. All the Diamondbacks ended up with was a 9-1 loss against a team that, aside from pitcher Wandy Rodriguez and a few others, had even the most knowledgeable among the 17,448 at Chase Field on Monday night asking, "Who's he?"

ASU linebacker Vontaze Burfict's antics still a concern
I would like to ask Vontaze Burfict what he was thinking when he punched teammate Kevin Ozier last week. I'd like to ask him how the fight squares with reports that he has matured and no longer is an emotional hot-head. I'd ask, too, if he worries he might be hurting his NFL prospects with these continual outbursts. Of course, I wouldn't get any answers because Burfict isn't talking to reporters.

NFL News:

Thoughts, observations from 49ers camp - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts after watching the San Francisco 49ers practice in pads for most of their three-hour afternoon session Monday:

Crabtree expected to miss entire preseason | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers signed Braylon Edwards last week in large part because they have no idea what they are going to get from Michael Crabtree.

Revisited: Predicting NFC West standings - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Let's just say my 2011 forecast for the NFC West is evolving. news: Gotham's boys: Steelers play on-field roles in new Batman film
Holy Batman, the Steelers are coming!

When Football Let Us Down: The Most Depressing NFL Eras Of Our Lives -
Being an fan is supposed to be fun. But all NFL fans -- well, most fans -- have experienced a point in their fan-hood that was no fun at all. Here, some of SB Nation's editors take a painful look back.