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9-23-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Beanie Resting?

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Sorry this is up a little bit later than normal. Anyway, here are your links for this morning, including some stuff on a minor injury to Beanie Wells.

I was at the Big Red Rage last night with Beanie as the guest, he looked and sounded fine to me from what I saw. Little bit sleepy, but he looked like he was okay.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cards Working Around The Block
Notebook: Wells dealing with hamstring issue; revisiting Jackson at QB

Acho Learns On The Fly
Rookie linebacker making transition from defensive end

Trying Not To Bottom Out
Cards, unlike NFC West brethren, have avoided rebuild

Word From the Birds Blog - Beanie added to injury report
Running back Beanie Wells was added to the injury report today, listed as limited because of a hamstring problem apparently suffered today. The injury report just came out, long after locker room access and coach Ken Whisenhunt’s meeting with the media, so there won’t be any further info. Certainly tomorrow figures to be an important day for Wells, who has been playing so well in the first couple of games. Any injury issue with Wells, whether it keeps him out of a game or not, has to give the Cards pause. That’s why the season-ending injury to rookie Ryan Williams was such a blow. Veteran Chester Taylor had just one carry last week in his first game as a Card (it went for no gain). I am still curious to see Alfonso Smith get a chance in a game that counts. Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hand) is still limited.

Beanie Wells says he just needed a little rest -
Beanie Wells does not want you to worry. The running back missed practice Thursday due to a hamstring problem, prompting fans to worry about his availability for Sunday's big game in Seattle. Thursday on the Big Red Rage, Wells said there is nothing to worry about.

Arizona Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett: Don't be a 'punk'
The Cardinals were penalized 10 times last week, and eliminating silly ones has been a topic of conversation this week. What the Cardinals don't want, said defensive end Darnell Dockett, is to be less aggressive.

Kent Somers discusses the Arizona Cardinals' Week 3 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks
The Republic's Kent Somers talks about Sunday's Cardinals-Seahawks Week 3 matchup.

Hamstring ailment forces Arizona Cardinals RB Beanie Wells to miss part of practice
Running back Beanie Wells missed part of practice Thursday because of a hamstring injury apparently suffered during the workout.

Arizona Cardinals working to execute screen pass
When it works, a screen pass is a brilliantly choreographed piece of football deception. When it fails, it looks like something the weird kid down the street drew up in the dirt. Some teams do it well, others don't. Put the Cardinals in the latter category, although they're working to change that.

Brandon Browner gets tough test in Larry Fitzgerald -
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has his work cut out for him this week.

Beanie Wells added to injury report -
According to Darren Urban of, Beanie Wells was added to the team's injury report Thursday, listed as "limited" due to a hamstring problem.

Dockett says it's time to put egos aside and play good defense -
The Arizona Cardinals defense has been under siege the last couple weeks, and captain Darnell Dockett knows they need to step up and start stopping people.

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals look to reclaim top spot -
Each of the last seven NFC West championships have been won by either the Seattle Seahawks or Arizona Cardinals.

Final Word: NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Larry Fitzgerald road show resumes. The Arizona Cardinals' Pro Bowl receiver caught a combined 23 passes for 251 yards in road games against Seattle over the 2008 and 2009 seasons. His production at the former Qwest Field dropped to three catches and 30 yards without a viable quarterback last season, but Kevin Kolb's addition puts Fitzgerald in position to pick up where he left off two years ago. The key variable this time is whether the Seahawks' improved size in the secondary can help them better combat Fitzgerald. Cornerback Brandon Browner, all 6-foot-4 of him, needs to fare better against Fitzgerald than he did against Pittsburgh's speedier Mike Wallace.

Week 3 is the perfect opportunity for the Arizona Cardinals defense -
This weekend bad meets worst. I'm picking bad. If there was ever a Sunday the Arizona Cardinals needed to play a bad offense it would be this one.

Chat wrap: National perceptions of 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Jack from Arizona thinks Kevin Kolb looks like the "real deal" for the Arizona Cardinals and the best quarterback in the NFC West. He think Kolb will crack the NFL's top 10 by season's end, but he wants my thoughts as well.

Beanie Wells' hammy and rushing stats - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The earlier item regarding Beanie Wells' improved running up the middle stirred good conversation in the comments section. More on that in a bit. First, an update: Wells, the Arizona Cardinals' starting running back, appeared on the team's participation report as "limited" because of a hamstring injury. Wells downplayed the development.

Big Red Rage - Rhodes and Wells
Kerry Rhodes and Paul Calvisi welcomed RB Beanie Wells to the Big Red Rage.

Cards Daily - Communication is Key for Defense
The Cardinals are in the process of learning a new defense. With a shortened off-season and new players, the team is now learning to communicate better and grow...

Arizona Sports News:

Minnesota Lynx roll to Game 1 win over Phoenix Mercury
Seimone Augustus had 21 points and seven assists to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 95-67 victory over the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.

NFL News:

NFC West Penalty Watch: Fines looming - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Penalties were costlier than usual for NFC West players in Week 2. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock's disputed $15,000 fine for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not the only one levied this week. I'm tracking down a few others for Friday, including a sure fine for the facemask penalty against Arizona Cardinals tight end Jeff King at Washington. King was trying to save a touchdown return on special teams. There were nine personal-foul penalties against NFC West players and their opponents in Week 2. Penalties go against individuals, but sometimes responsibility is shared.

Tom Brady, Cam Newton Looking To Make NFL History This Week - From Our Editors -
The start to the 2011 NFL season has been both expected and unexpected.

Tony Romo's Lung Injury Healed; Status Vs. Redskins Still In Question -
Will Tony Romo's injury prevent him from playing against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football? There's still no definitive word on that but the punctured lung he suffered last week has healed, ESPN's Calvin Watkins reports. That's a step in the right direction but Watkins reports his status for Week 3 is still in question.

Miles Austin Injury: Cowboys WR Reportedly Out Vs. Redskins -
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to be without Miles Austin when they play the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. Austin pulled his hamstring late in the Cowboys' overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers last week and early reports suggested he would likely miss the game.

Orlando Brown, Former NFL Player, Passes Away At Age 40 -
Former NFL offensive lineman Orlando Brown reportedly passed away at the age of 40.

Michael Vick Injury Status: Eagles QB Listed As Questionable -
Michael Vick is listed as questionable for the Philadelphia Eagles Week 3 game against the New York Giants. Vick suffered a concussion last week in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons and his status has been in question ever since.

Brett Favre To Work Color Commentary For Southern Miss-Rice Game - From Our Editors -
From a press release on the CSS network's website: