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9-1-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Gameday

The final Preseason game will be on tonight. Time to watch some of the people competing to make the team after the starters only play a drive or two (I guess).

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals face difficult roster decisions
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt figures he and his staff will have some difficult decisions to make when they meet Friday to begin trimming the roster from 80 players to 53. It's not a pleasant job, but Whisenhunt prefers having to make tough calls rather than easy ones. To him, it means he has more talent. While many positions seem set, the final places on the roster might come down to how players perform Thursday night against Denver in the final preseason game.

The Boys On The Bubble
Going into the preseason finale, players on the cusp understand the business

Arizona Cardinals: 5 things to watch in preseason game vs. Denver Broncos
Areas of focus during Thursday's Cardinals-Broncos game:

Word From the Birds Blog - A guess at the 53
Going into the final game, there are, according to coach Ken Whisenhunt, still roster spots to be won. So to make a guesstimate at the final 53 before the final preseason game leaves a big opening to make a mistake. Injuries can change equations too. But this is what we do — speculate. Realistically, a good chunk of the roster is long set. The battles not left open by injury are usually down to — at most — the final six or seven spots. Frequently less. (And that’s from an outside perspective. Internally, I am guessing by now the list is even shorter).

ESPN expert says Kevin Kolb is 18th best quarterback in NFL - ArizonaSports.com
Being compared to Chad Pennington is probably not something Kevin Kolb was hoping for. Unfortunately for him, and possibly Arizona Cardinals fans, that's what ESPN's John Clayton did Wednesday (well, sort of).

Sifting through 2011 NFL predictions - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Nine of 12 ESPN.com football reporters are picking the St. Louis Rams to win the NFC West this season. Three others are taking the Arizona Cardinals. And that is only a small sampling of results from our NFL predictions for the 2011 season.

Predictions for the NFC West division
Video: The NFL season is right around the corner. Who's going to win the NFC West? Who's going to win the Super Bowl? CineSports' Noah Coslov and Sporting News NFL writer Clifton Brown discuss.

Fitzgerald on NFL Total Access - Video
On his 28th birthday, WR Larry Fitzgerald stopped by NFL Total Access on NFL Network to talk about his relationship with QB Kevin Kolb and the outlook for the Cards 2011 season.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks sweep Colorado Rockies for 9th straight win, 12th straight win at home
The pain was spread around Wednesday night. The first hurt: Diamondbacks right-fielder Justin Upton was hit by a pitch for the 16th time this season - tied for the National League lead with Danny Espinosa of the Nationals - following a first-inning leadoff single by Willie Bloomquist. The big hurt: Catcher Miguel Montero followed Upton to the plate and belted a three-run home run, his second in two nights, delivering an early punch in the gut to the Rockies. And the Diamondbacks kept rolling.

ASU football finally opens its much-anticipated season
Finally. Arizona State opens its season at 7 p.m. Thursday against UC Davis at Sun Devil Stadium, the exclamation point of a preseason journey that included significant injuries, big-time expectations and exaggerated Internet reports on star middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

NFL News:

President Obama Moves Speech To September 8th, NFL Fans Freak Out - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Thanks to some political maneuvering that you can go read about elsewhere, President Barack Obama has decided to schedule a speech to a joint session of Congress on September 8th at 8 p.m. EDT. That's worth noting here on a sports site because the Green Bay Packers open the 2011 NFL season against the New Orleans Saints the evening of September 8th as well.

Obama speech apparently won’t conflict with Saints-Packers kickoff | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL and NBC try to figure out the plans for the season-opening game between the Saints and Packers in light of President Obama’s plan to address a joint session of Congress on the same night, the good news is that Obama apparently plans to steer clear of the start of the football game.

Terrelle Pryor Claims He Scored 22 On Wonderlic Test, Not 7 - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
After an afternoon report that Terrelle Pryor had scored a 7 on his Wonderlic test gave everyone a chance to diagnose the root of Pryor's issues, Mike Florio confirms the new Raiders QB took the test a second time, earning a 21, robbing us all of the chance to make mighty proclamations about Pryor's intelligence. Either he got three times as smart overnight, or you take the Wonderlic too seriously.

Chris Johnson Doesn't Care If 'Fake Titan Fans' Think He's Greedy - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
RB Chris Johnson has been unhappy with his contract dating back prior to the 2010 season when the Tennessee Titans upped the ante a little bit on his payment for the 2010 season. He didn't receive any new money in his contract with the Titans instead bumping some of his future money up and giving it to him then.

Dr. Arian Foster Explains 'Anti-Awesomeness' On Hamstring Injury - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
The fantasy football world is holding their breath after Houston Texans RB Arian Foster, the No. 1 or No. 2 pick in most fantasy football leagues, suffered a hamstring injury.

On James Harrison’s conditioning and the aging Steelers defense | ProFootballTalk
If there is a case to be made against Pittsburgh, it’s actually on the defense. Could this veteran group get old all at once?

From Tom Brady to Andy Dalton, ESPN's John Clayton ranks the NFL's starting QBs - ESPN
Aaron Rodgers won the Super Bowl last season. Did he move ahead of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in John Clayton's QB rankings?