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5-25-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - New Linebacker Signed

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Time for todays links, with more stuff on OTA's and a new Linebacker the Cards brought in.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cardinals Add Groves
Veteran linebacker joins roster; Wide receiver Wilson released

Stephen Williams Seeks A Spot
Notebook: Receiver fights to impress, Massie flashes talent

Skelton and Kolb battle on the field, are friends off it -
John Skelton knows his competition with Kevin Kolb leads to an interesting dynamic. Sure, he wants the starting QB job, but part of his audition for the role involves trying to help Kolb, too. Where else does a job applicant do his best to help his competition?

Larry Fitzgerald's Idea: Roger Goodell Vs. DeMaurice Smith 2012 - From Our Editors -
The lockout is over but the NFL and NFLPA keep on disagreeing on, well, everything. Larry Fitzgerald has an idea on how to settle their differences.

Chat wrap: New questions, new answers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
kualla83 from Phoenix asked whether the Arizona Cardinals' defense should be regarded on par with those from Seattle and San Francisco, even though those defenses were more consistent from start to finish. "Obviously they have to prove it a little more on the field," he wrote, "but if the second half of last season is any indication of what is to come, I am really excited."

First week of OTAs proved useful for Cardinals -
The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their first week of OTAs Thursday, completing what head coach Ken Whisenhunt said was a good few days.

Acho, Schofield Taste OTAs
Linebackers Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield are experiencing their first offseason program since joining the Cardinals. Learn what they want to improve on going into next season.

Arizona Sports News:

ASU football: Todd Graham says Mike Bercovici has slight edge in QB battle
Arizona State coach Todd Graham participated in another teleconference with season-ticket holders Wednesday night. He talked a lot about building a culture and filling Sun Devil Stadium, but he also dropped in a few newsy items. The highlights:

Arizona Wildcats football unveils new copper helmets
AD Greg Byrne in email: Copper helmet will be worn on a limited basis

NFL News:

Hakeem Nicks Injury: Giants WR Fractures Foot, Out 12 Weeks -
Hakeem Nicks suffered a fractured foot in the Giants OTAs and will miss up to 12 weeks recovery time.

Seahawks splitting quarterback reps three ways in OTAs | ProFootballTalk
Pete Carroll is doing more than paying lip service to the idea that the Seahawks have a three-way competition for the quarterback job.

Cam Newton, Alex Smith and the Pro Bowl - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Facebook pal Brett lured me into the Alex Smith-Cam Newton Pro Bowl conversation Thursday, so here goes.

Randy Moss impresses wherever he goes - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Randy Moss' impressive offseason with the San Francisco 49ers continues, generating positive reviews.

Johnny Knox Could Miss Bears' Entire 2012 Season -
Late in the 2011 NFL season, Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox suffered a serious back injury in a game against the Seattle Seahawks. As you can see in this video, Knox went down at just the right angle when defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was lowering himself to make the tackle. This led to Knox, who's small for even an NFL receiver, to be literally be bent in half. Knox immediately went to the hospital and needed surgery to stabilize his back. While doctors have said Knox should be able to resume his NFL career in time, it looks as if the wide receiver could miss the 2012 NFL season. He wants to take his time and make sure he recovers properly.

Sunday Night Football becomes first sports series to finish No. 1 for the season | ProFootballTalk
As the national TV audience continues to fracture and divide among cable channels and DVRs and on-demand Internet video, one thing can pull millions together at any given moment. Live sports. Specifically, live football.

What Do Lawrence Taylor And Charlie Sheen Now Have In Common? - From Our Editors -
Lawrence Taylor gave the Super Bowl ring he won with the Giants to his son, who then placed it on eBay, which drew a lot of attention this week. The ring was sold for a reported $230,000 but that's not the real story here.

Tebow gets reps on punt team, looks shaky at quarterback at OTAs | ProFootballTalk
Members of the New York media got their first look at Tim Tebow on the Jets’ practice field at today’s Organized Team Activities, and the general consensus is that as a quarterback, he’s one heck of a punt protector.