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1-28-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Beanie Has Surgery

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Time for todays links, with not much of an update on the coaching search we get an update on Beanie's knee today.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cardinals' running back Beanie Wells begins rehab on knee
Running back Beanie Wells is back in the Valley after undergoing arthroscopic surgery earlier this week on his right knee. Wells described the surgery "as just a scope" and a simple clean-up. He said the surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., went as expected.

It's impossible to cover Larry Fitzgerald -- even in the offseason -
Paulie Pigskin is officially winded. (And, for the record, that's different than being a windbag.) Seriously. Has anyone else noticed that Larry Fitzgerald might be harder to cover in the offseason than during the season?

Word From the Birds Blog - The business of football
I remember one time talking to a player about relationships with coaches, and — being a younger guy, only in the league a couple of years — he was disappointed he couldn’t/didn’t have the same kind of relationship with his NFL coaches that he had in college. The trust level wasn’t the same, and that was realized with a lack of playing time and the reality of guys getting cut. But that’s how it is. That’s pro sports, and that’s the NFL. The problem, of course, is that — regardless of both that reality and the fantasy football world many fans seem to view their teams — the sport is still inhabited by humans with human emotion. That’s what I think of when watching how the whole Colts-Peyton Manning thing has developed, coming to a kind of head yesterday, a few days after Manning talked about how it was tough to get healthy in Indy because of the vibe of change and then owner Jim Irsay responded and then Manning responded again. They are now trying to say the right things and desperately not have this be another Packers-Favre melodrama, but is that even possible?

Acho Speaks to Valley Youth
Cardinals OLB Sam Acho recently spoke to students at four valley schools about the important roles that school and decision making have in attaining personal goals.

Arizona Sports News:

Saguaro standout D.J. Foster commits to Arizona State
D.J. Foster is staying home. The Scottsdale Saguaro running back announced he will attend Arizona State in a press conference Friday at Saguaro, adding a highly-touted prospect to the Sun Devils' 2012 recruiting class.

Trail Blazers get payback, steamroll Suns in Portland
LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and seven rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers blew out the Phoenix Suns 109-71 Friday night for their sixth straight win at home.

NFL News:

Poking holes in 49ers' success; too soon? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Less than a week has passed since the San Francisco 49ers' season ended in the NFC Championship Game. It's not too soon to question whether the 49ers can expect another season as successful as the one they just finished. A couple recent analyses got me thinking. news: Tebow reportedly nixes date with Kim Kardashian
In a development lending sudden credence to theories that our world will end in 2012, Tim Tebow is being hunted by a Kardashian sister. "Kim (Kardashian) has a big crush on Tim," a friend told The National Enquirer, via "She says he's not only very handsome but seems like a guy with really strong values." "Tim's been made aware of Kim's crush, and although flattered, he's not interested," a source told The Enquirer. "He's an avowed virgin who's saving himself for marriage and is looking for a woman with similar values, not someone with two failed marriages and a sex tape in her past."

Super Bowl Halftime Show: LMFAO, Cee Lo Green To Join Madonna - From Our Editors -
The Super Bowl halftime show has been a star-studded affair for years now, seeming to alternate between classic acts like Bruce Springsteen or The Who and contemporary artists joined by a slew of guests. This year's show appears to be somewhere between the two. The announced headliner for the event is pop icon Madonna (SB Nation originally broke that story in early October), but it now appears that she will have plenty of guests in tow.

(This is going to suck)

Matt Cassel Saved A Woman From A Burning House - From Our Editors -
No, it didn't quite get to the point where Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel ran into a burning house and heroically rescued a woman, but he still played the role of hero. Cassel managed to alert his neighbor to her burning house on Thursday night, perhaps saving her from serious injury if not worse.

Jack Del Rio Hired As Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator -
The Denver Broncos lost their defensive coordinator on Tuesday but had a replacement lined up by Friday. According to a report, the Broncos have hired former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio as their new DC.

Peyton Manning, Jim Irsay Issue Joint Statement, Deny Any 'Hard Feelings' -
Colts owner Jim Irsay and quarterback Peyton Manning have been trading barbs over the past week. Manning said that the Colts facility was "not a real good environment" in the wake of Irsay's recent firing of general manager Bill Polian and head coach Jim Caldwell. Irsay shot back, calling Manning a "politician" and accusing him of not caring enough about the organization. In order to quell the firestorm that has formed over their public bickering, the two men released a joint statement through the Colts website on Friday:

Brad Childress Expected To Join Cleveland Browns Coaching Staff -
The Browns are expected to name Brad Childress, former Vikings head coach, their new offensive coordinator.