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9-6-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Getting Ready For Game One

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Another day closer to week one of the NFL season.

Besides the jerseys Maryland wore last night that looked like something a dog threw up after eating a box of crayons, not much to report today.

PHOTO: Maryland's New Helmets Look Down And Whisper, 'No' - From Our Editors -
You had a choice, all of you. You could have followed in the footsteps of good men like Under Armour™ founder Kevin Plank. We'd been prepared for the Maryland Terrapins to wear their hideous turtle shell helmets for their season opener against the Miami Hurricanes, but they went and found something much, much worse. That's the state flag of Maryland splattered all across their helmets and shoulders, and ... I can't come up with anything to say. Those are the worst uniforms.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Taylor Joins Running Backs
Veteran's role to be determined, but experience helps

Mining For New Corners
Notebook: Practice squad takes shape; Bradley changes number

Word From the Birds Blog - 3′s a charm for A-Dub as Cards return
On Labor Day, the Cardinals were out laboring as usual. The group was much smaller thanks to cuts — it was the first practice with less than 80 guys. That was one thing notable. (The other thing was safety Adrian Wilson changing up his practice jersey number again. This time, it was the No. 3. I was thinking maybe, because he has three kids? Nope. "I’m the third-best safety of this generation," he said. "I’ve got to do better." I’m guessing he was referencing Polomalu and Reed? Not sure. Regardless, he finds ways to find haters — that drives him.)

Cardinals add depth at running back with veteran Chester Taylor
For the past month, Beanie Wells was not only the Cardinals starting running back, he was also the team's most experienced one. The signing of 10-year veteran Chester Taylor on Monday changes just one of those things.

A very short note about Cards' new RB - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A voice from the NFC North pours cold water on the Arizona Cardinals' contract agreement with veteran running back Chester Taylor. Turns out Taylor's 2.38-yard average with the Chicago Bears last season was the worst since the 1970 NFL merger among running backs with at least 100 carries in a season.

Word From the Birds Blog - The fragility of the roster’s end
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Friday the roster was "written in pencil." Two days later, three new names were coming in, and two known names were moving out (because running back Chester Taylor hadn’t officially signed yet, the Cards could wait until today to clear a roster spot for him — and no, I don’t know who it is yet). blogs - Kent Somers - How the Cardinals were built
On the current 53-man roster, there are 19 players in their first seasons with the team. Here is how the current roster was built.

Cardinals add depth at cornerback despite inexperience
The Cardinals are short on experience at cornerback, but they at least have numbers. They were awarded waiver claims Sunday on Crezdon Butler and Korey Lindsey, giving them six cornerbacks on the 53-man roster.

Breakdown of a busy weekend for the Arizona Cardinals -
The Arizona Cardinals' front office, like many of those in the NFL, was humming over the weekend as they made cuts and looked to pick up available players.

Dockett doesn't want to forget dismal 2010 season -
Usually athletes stand in front of their lockers at the start of a new season and focus on the future not on the past. Not Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. Several times already during training camp he's recounted what he felt during their 5-11 record during the 2010 season.

Ken Whisenhunt unsure of Taylor's exact role -
Former Chicago Bears running back Chester Taylor should be starting practice Tuesday, but Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he has yet to decide how he will use the veteran running back.

ESPN NFC West blog knocks Chester Taylor -
It may have been a short blog post, but it could deflate a lot of Arizona Cardinals' fans hopes.

Mailbag: Underrating the NFC West? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Casey from Phoenix asks whether Chester Taylor projects as a good compliment to Beanie Wells in Arizona.

Wired: QB Richard Bartel vs SD - Video
Cardinals QB Richard Bartel was wired for sound when the Big Red took on the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Cards Daily: Prep Begins for Home Opener - Video Gallery
After the first regular season practice, Coach Whisenhunt and the Cardinals talk about the upcoming home opener against the Carolina Panthers.

Beanie on the Run - Video
Cardinals RB Beanie Wells and his physical running style not only gets the attention of the opposing teams defense, but also his own offensive line. Paul Calvisi reports.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks stay hot vs. Colorado Rockies
After Geoff Blum landed on the disabled list for the second time this season, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson began joking about wanting to wrap his veteran infielder in pillows as a way of keeping him healthy. Blum laughs at the suggestion, but given that he has called this the most difficult season of his career, games like Monday's, when he took advantage of a rare start to help his club win a game, must feel that much more rewarding. "It feels great," Blum said after he homered and drove in three runs in a 10-7 win over the Colorado Rockies. "I'm just happy to be still standing after this game."

NFL News:

NFL Power Rankings 2011: Green Bay Packers Enter Season Ranked No. 1 -
The NFL season is only days away at this point which means it's time for SB Nation's first power rankings of the year. On top are the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

Colts Call Peyton Manning's Injury Makes Him Doubtful For Week 1 -
There's been a flurry of activity coming out of Indianapolis on Monday morning as reports are suggesting that Colts QB Peyton Manning could be in danger of missing the first game of the season -- or more -- as he recovers from an offseason surgery on his neck. The key thing to remember is that, as of now, there's nothing confirmed on Manning's status, though the Colts indicating he'll likely be doubtful for Sunday's game. In response to all the media attention, the Colts have released a statement on Manning's status.

If Peyton Manning's Doubtful, Past History Says He Won't Play -
By now everyone knows the news involving Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning. Due to his neck injury, the team is saying he will "likely be doubtful" for Sunday's Week 1 game against the Houston Texans, which would be the first time in his career (208 regular season games) that he's missed a start.

Rex Grossman Named Redskins Starter At QB -
The Washington Redskins' quarterback competition is reportedly over. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora tweets that Rex Grossman has been named the Redskins' Week 1 starting quarterback, winning the job after competing for it in the preseason against John Beck.

Matt Cassel Injury: Cracked Rib Could Keep Quarterback Out Of Season Opener, According To Report -
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel reportedly has a cracked rib that could prevent him from playing in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Tiki Barber remains unemployed and sad - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
When Tiki Barber told HBO that he was returning to football because he "needed the game," and because he "needed to prove to [himself] that he could be successful at something," I thought it sounded like a recipe for a personal mental health disaster. Now that NFL rosters are set at 53, and Tiki Barber never got to sniff one, I hope that's not true. According to Peter King at Sports Illustrated, Tiki isn't taking it well.

Spach's tenacity, experience fit the Rams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Stephen Spach's release from the Arizona Cardinals over the weekend came at a good time for the St. Louis Rams.

Agent 'flabbergasted' Tiki Barber passed over by NFL - ESPN New York
The agent for Tiki Barber told Sports Illustrated's website Sunday that he is flabbergasted that no NFL teams gave his client a shot to make their squads this offseason.

Dallas Cowboys' Rob Ryan on New York Jets' Rex Ryan -- He's a little freaky, I'm worse - ESPN Dallas
Rob Ryan says his twin Rex is a little freaky, but I'm worse than he is.

NFL -- Big roster cutdown includes surprise handling of quarterback situations - ESPN
The NFL's biggest-ever roster cutdown produced some interesting trends, writes John Clayton in his latest mailbag.

Rob Ryan Breaks His Legendary Silence On Rex Ryan's Foot Fetish - From Our Editors -
The first rule of Rex Ryan's foot fetish is we don't talk about Rex Ryan's foot fetish.

Goodell: I don’t want to take away the toughness of the game | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has heard all the criticism from NFL players who think he’s going way too far in fining them for on-field hits, but Goodell says he doesn’t want to change the nature of the game.