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12/28 Arizona Cardinals news: Washington's disappointment, Fitz and personnel decisions, team awards

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It is Friday before the Cardinals' last game of the season. There are a lot of links today. Larry Fitzgerald was in a good mood, Kent Somers gives some Cardinals awards and Daryl Washington talks about being disappointed that he didn't make the Pro Bowl.

Read on...


No relief for Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald beyond 49ers
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald had some advice on Thursday for reporters asking if he expected a lot of changes after the Cardinals’ disappointing season.

Larry Fitzgerald, holding court | Insiders
Today, Fitzgerald teased a reporter about his weight, asking him how the baby was coming along. (No, it wasn’t me). And he had a couple of other quips.

No banquet? No worries; I’ll be Arizona Cardinals’ prize patrol
No Cardinals will be in contention for national awards, which isn’t a surprise given they’ve lost twice as many games as they’ve won. NFL teams don’t have an end-of-the-year awards banquet, but here is whom I would recognize if the Cardinals did.

Calais Campbell Keeps Coming
Notebook: Hoping Potter ready for Smith; Fitz stays focused

Word From the Birds Blog | Chasing the 10th sack
Linebacker Daryl Washington, snubbed for the Pro Bowl Wednesday, is still chasing his 10th sack of the season. Notching one more would not only tie the franchise mark for sacks by a linebacker, but also make him the first guy with 10 since Bertrand Berry had 14.5 in 2004 and the first Cardinal ever to have 100 tackles and 10 sacks.

Daryl Washington: 'Kind of disappointed' on not being named Pro Bowl starter -
Fans in the Valley have plenty of reasons to be upset with the 5-11 Arizona Cardinals this season, but the play of inside linebacker Daryl Washington isn't one of them.

ESPN analyst: Brian Hoyer's promotion says more about John Skelton -
"I guess [the decision to start Hoyer] tells you how bad they must think of John Skelton," ESPN analyst John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf Thursday. "What has happened to John Skelton?

Cardinals offensive lineman calls out lazy football website -
Early Wednesday morning the website known as "ProFootballTalk" posted a story with the headline: "Adam Snyder would like to see Alex Smith in Arizona". It was an interesting headline given the subject matter, since the Arizona Cardinals could use a quarterback and it appears Smith will not be a member of the San Francisco 49ers much longer.

Good riddance, Beanie Wells -
So Beanie "the Bust" Wells wants to woo the other 31 teams in the NFL? Sure Beanie, go ahead. But not from the football field on Sunday. How about you do it at their facilities during some private workouts?

Scouting the enemy -- the Niners:

No turning back for Harbaugh on QB switch
49ers' Harbaugh stands steadfastly behind quarterback switch from Smith to Kaepernick.

Vic Fangio, Greg Roman talk 49ers-Cardinals - Niners Nation
We take a look at Vic Fangio and Greg Roman press conference transcripts as the 49ers get ready for their Week 17 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Vernon Davis injury update: 49ers TE returns to non-contact practice - Niners Nation
We take a look at some updated practice news regarding 49ers tight end Vernon Davis

All Five Starting O-linemen in Pro Bowl - Niners Nation
A look at the o-line's merit this year.

Justin Smith may have partially torn triceps muscle, according to report - Niners Nation
We take a look at the latest news surrounding 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith, and reports he may have a torn triceps muscle.

Brian Hoyer to start at QB for Cardinals, a window opens for Aldon Smith - Niners Nation
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has one last chance to break the single-season sack record.

NFL stories:

The future is already here: How the Pistol Offense is changing the NFL -
The NFL is normally resistant to new ideas, but pro teams like the Redskins and 49ers are finally adopting the Pistol Offense and having huge success using it.

Richard Sherman is innocent: Process over results -
Do you think Richard Sherman is still guilty of being a PED user because he beat the NFL on a "technicality?" Robert Wheel explains why Richard Sherman deserves a clear name.

Chicago Bears control one destiny vs. Lions: The fate of Lovie Smith -
The Chicago Bears need a win and some help on Sunday to reach the playoffs. If Chicago can't take care of business, it's likely that coach Lovie Smith won't be around next season.

Richard Sherman wins appeal during a time when the Seahawks' inexperience has been nothing short of invaluable - Field Gulls
The Seahawks are just made up of players that don't know what it is to not win, even when you fail.

Josh Duhamel finally defends Tim Tebow -
That's Colonel William Lennox, to you, Merril Hoge.

Major Wright takes a shot Matthew Stafford -
Chicago Bears safety Major Wright took some shots at Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, saying he "kind of folds" under pressure.

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