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9-15-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Marshall's Hit Legal

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Besides the reunion of Hightower and Beanie, the main story for today is how the hit by Marshall on Cam Newton that was ruled a penalty was determined by the NFL to be a legal hit.

Arizona Cardinals News:

NFL admits Marshall’s hit on Newton was legal | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was looking for clarification earlier this week. Why exactly was cornerback Richard Marshall’s hit on Cam Newton a roughing the passer penalty? It turns out it wasn’t illegal. The league admitted that the game official made an error, according to Marshall.

Washington Breaks Out
Notebook: Linebacker nursing calf strain; Holliday faces former team

An Amicable Split
Friends Wells and Hightower know both better served on different rosters

Arizona Cardinals' Vonnie Holliday anxious for return to Washington
Defensive end Vonnie Holliday is 35, and the Cardinals are his sixth NFL team. But playing against a former team motivates Holliday as much as it ever has. The Redskins traded Holliday to the Cardinals in early August, receiving running back Tim Hightower in return. Hightower said that he feels extra motivation this week, and Holliday feels the same, even though he spent only one season with the Redskins.

Ex-Arizona Cardinal tailback Tim Hightower faces former team
Like anyone about to see the ex for the first time since the breakup, Tim Hightower wants to prove that he's doing fine, and in the process, maybe make his former partners realize how good they had it. There's no animosity over being traded from the Cardinals to the Redskins about six weeks ago, Hightower said. But Hightower would be lying if he pretended Sunday's game between the two teams was just another contest to him.

Kolb looks to fix mistakes before road game -
The Arizona Cardinals looked a little rusty against the Carolina Panthers. Kevin Kolb did not. Although Kolb played mistake-free football in week one, the quarterback admits he can look back and find some mistakes that need fixing. "That's going to come with more time and more games," Kolb told reporters.

Word From the Birds Blog - Marshall’s hit was clean
Well, coach Ken Whisenhunt was looking for clarification on the penalty flag thrown on cornerback Richard Marshall — the one play in which Marshall was called for unnecessary roughness when he hit quarterback Cam Newton shoulder-to-shoulder, forcing a throw that linebacker Daryl Washington intercepted. Not only did the Cards lose the turnover, but a couple plays later, Newton threw a touchdown pass to Steve Smith for a 14-7 halftime lead. Marshall got the clarification. "NFL looked at my hit on cam newton from Sundays game and said it was legal. Happy to say I’m not getting fined, thanks" Marshall tweeted.

Off to good start, Kolb heads to familiar ground -
Lost in all the hoopla of Cam Newton's NFL debut at Arizona was the performance of the other quarterback on that field. Kevin Kolb's debut for the Cardinals was somewhere between solid and superb, and he expects better things to come as he heads for familiar ground this weekend against the Washington Redskins.

Beanie Wells, Tim Hightower to be reunited Sunday -
They were competitors on the field but good friends off and Sunday they will be on the same field -- on opposite sidelines.

Familiarity leads to preparation for Cardinals vs. Redskins -
Coming off a Week 1 win the Arizona Cardinals are looking to improve on a less than stellar defensive performance as they take on the Washington Redskins. The Cardinals gave up more than 400 yards of offense to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, most of which came through the air. "I think that we have to play better pass coverage than we did," head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "Did a good job against the run and got pressure on the quarterback, but can't give up those big plays some of it was technique some of it was mental lapses."

Daryl Washington hopes to play for Cardinals Sunday -
Daryl Washington was a spectator at Cardinals practice Wednesday, certainly not a surprise after he suffered a strained calf in the season opener. "It felt pretty good today," he said as he came off the field. "I tried a little jogging on it today but it's a little sore, still going to be a little sore so give it a couple more days." So while his teammates worked on correcting mistakes from the week one victory and prepared for week two, Washington got in his work on the side: riding the stationary bike and exercising with trainers.

Cardinals may have found their number two -
Much of this offseason was filled with questions about who would be the Cardinals number two wideout opposite Larry Fitzgerald. Most fans and analysts believed the Cards should have gone out and sign a wide receiver, someone like Braylon Edwards or Malcolm Floyd, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt shrugged off such comments by saying he believed the number two receiver was already on the roster. Whisenhunt was right, for Sunday at least. Early Doucet led the team with 105 receiving yards and one touchdown, with 70 of those yards coming on a long touchdown from QB Kevin Kolb.

The 'Hyphen' is hurting for the Cardinals -
He may be the smallest player on the roster, but his contributions are anything but. Standing 5-foot, 7-inches tall, LaRod Stephens-Howling is the Cardinals' kickoff-return specialist and currently the number-two running back behind Beanie Wells. However, he did neither during practice Wednesday.

Larry Fitzgerald not satisfied with Cards' play -
The Arizona Cardinals sound a lot like they lost their first game. They are not satisfied with their performance against the Carolina Panthers. "By no stretch of the imagination do we feel we played good," Larry Fitzgerald told reporters. Tough words for a team that put up 28 points and won the first game of the season, but Fitzgerald is not settling for good enough.

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals came through their opener without suffering any crushing injuries. They paid their dues on that front when they lost rookie running back Ryan Williams to a season-ending knee injury during preseason. That injury affected their depth at running back -- depth that took another hit when utility back and return specialist LaRod Stephens-Howling suffered a hand contusion in Week 1. Stephens-Howling did not practice Wednesday. An injury to a running back's hand threatens ball security, so this is an injury to monitor for Arizona. Stephens-Howling had three carries, one reception and two kickoff returns in the opener. Inside linebacker Daryl Washington (calf), outside linebacker Joey Porter (knee) and tight end Jim Dray (pectoral) also missed practice. Washington is emerging as a front-line defender. Coach Ken Whisenhunt liked what he saw from backup Reggie Walker when Washington was injured Sunday. Free-agent addition Stewart Bradley should provide quality depth and familiarity with the Redskins' offense from his tenure with Philadelphia, but the Cardinals have said he hasn't transitioned to their 3-4 well enough to play just yet.

Tim Hightower: 'A lot of emotions at once' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Tim Hightower was driving from Phoenix to Arizona Cardinals training camp in Flagstaff when the call came from coach Ken Whisenhunt. The Cardinals, having used a 2011 second-round draft choice for running back Ryan Williams, were trading Hightower to the Washington Redskins. Hightower will naturally have extra incentive to play well when his former team visits FedEx Field in Week 2, but not out of vengeance.

Word From the Birds Blog - Hightower’s "guarantee"
Former Cardinals running back Tim Hightower made a guarantee of sorts earlier this week, when the Redskins’ back said "We’re going to win this game" when asked about playing the Cards in Washington Sunday. I’m not sure what else he is supposed to say, especially playing his old team.

NFP Week 1 rookie report card | National Football Post
Patrick Peterson: Peterson started at right corner for Arizona and had tough time. He also returned punts, and the best thing he did all day was return a 4th quarter punt 89 yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown. As a corner he gave up at least 7 catches, including a 27-yard touchdown to Steve Smith at the end of the first half. He flashed some good man to man cover skills but was often too loose in zone and off giving up catches underneath. On the plus side he is an aggressive, sure tackler.

Cardinals Underground - Washington Preview
Paul Calvisi, Ron Wolfley, and Darren Urban talk about the Cardinals win over the Panthers, improving on defense, Kevin Kolb, and the upcoming game against the Washington Redskins.

Cards Daily: Defense Cleaning Up Mistakes
The Cardinals defense began preparing for the Washington Redskins on Wednesday with an emphasis on correcting mistakes made in the week one game against the Panthers.

Arizona Sports News:

Dodgers' bullpen picks up Clayton Kershaw, holds off Diamondbacks
Left-hander Clayton Kershaw seemed to state his intentions from the home dugout at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, hollering at the Diamondbacks and Gerardo Parra, seemingly assuring them that one of his fastballs would find Parra's body in the next 24 hours. And so it was no surprise when, in the top of the sixth inning on Wednesday night, Kershaw drilled Parra. The surprise came from home plate umpire Bill Welke, who immediately ejected the Cy Young Award candidate from the game without, it seemed, as so much as a warning. But even with a truncated outing from one of baseball's best pitchers, the Dodgers were able to come away with a 3-2 victory, handing the Diamondbacks just their fourth loss in the past 22 games.

ESPN analyst has harsh words for ASU, Arizona
In his weekly segment on Arizona Sports' 620 Burns & Gambo show, ESPN college football analyst Mark May on Wednesday had harsh words for Arizona State and Arizona.

NFL News: news: Early indications are 2011 could rewrite passing record books
We're just starting the 2011 season, but it's quickly shaping up to be a ground-breaking year for the passing game after the records we saw set to open the season.

New York Giants Sign Brandon Stokley -
The New York Giants signed wide receiver Brandon Stokley on Wednesday night. Stokley played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.

Sam Bradford's Injury Not Expected To Keep Him Out Of Monday Night Football -
The St. Louis Rams had a scare in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles as QB Sam Bradford suffered a finger injury. Obviously an injury to your hand or finger is pretty important for a quarterback who throws with that hand.

Why I Watch NFL Games On Bootleg Internet Feeds -
Thanks to the consumer trend of canceling cable subscriptions and the costliness of DirecTV's Sunday Ticket, watching NFL games on unauthorized Internet feeds is an increasingly attractive option. The NFL forbids it. Jon Bois does it anyway.