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10/9 Arizona Cardinals news: Ryan Williams out, back to work, and the amazing NFC west

Time for the news from the Cardinals and around the NFL.

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Arizona Cardinals News:

Williams Upbeat Despite Season-Ending Surgery
Ryan Williams’ first call Sunday after learning that he’ll be having season-ending shoulder surgery was to his mother. He had to calm her down. For Williams, it was the second time in two seasons doctors have told the running back that a rare injury would sideline him. Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Monday the Cardinals would be losing their starting running back for the balance of the schedule.

Cards Get Back To Work
With a rare Sunday off, some Cardinals’ spent the day watching football from their couches while others got out of town for the brief respite. Most Cards, however, found their way to the Tempe training facility to treat their bodies and get a workout in.

Word From the Birds Blog | The impressive NFC West
Every single team in the NFC West is above .500 five games into the season. That’s never happened before. At least, it’s never happened since the NFC West was reconfigured to include the Cardinals, so we’re going back a decade-plus, back to when Arizona "moved" west in 2002. In fact, after five games, the division has never had more than two teams above .500 at this point.

Word From the Birds Blog | Dealing with the absence of Ryan Williams
Monday brought some hard news to the Cards: Running back Ryan Williams ended up needing surgery on his shoulder and is out for the season. I know there were some who wondered about it being a shoulder injury at the time, but there is no question about that now.

NFL News:

Is it almost Tim Tebow time for the New York Jets? - NFL.com
Tim Tebow reportedly will see a larger role Monday night against the Houston Texans. One beat reporter close to the team believes we're about to see a more than ever before from Jets QB.

NFL injury roundup: RG3 could make quick turnaround - NFL.com
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III might be cleared to play next weekend despite suffering a mild concussion. Gregg Rosenthal examines the Week 5 injuries.

Mark Sanchez struggling, but Jets have lost identity - NFL.com
Mark Sanchez certainly has had his struggles this season. But any problems at QB mask the larger issues facing the team, Kareem Copeland writes. Whatever happened to ground and pound?

J.J. Watt swats New York Jets in Houston Texans' win - NFL.com
The image of J.J. Watt likely will remain fresh in Mark Sanchez's mind for days to come. The Houston Texans' stout defensive end gave the New York Jets' passing attack fits Monday night.