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10/12 Arizona Cardinals news: Fitz' hamstring, final prep for the 49ers

Your daily roundup of news for the Cardinals and the NFL.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

We are one day from game day. Here are the pertinent stories to start the day.


Lining Up the 49ers
Get to know the starters for San Francisco

Cardinals Blogs | Friday before the Niners

So begins the toughest two-game stretch of the season for the Cardinals, this weekend’s visit to San Fran, with the Seahawks awaiting a Thursday game in Arizona a few days after.

The Week That Was: #AZvsSF

Recap the week's coverage to get ready for Sunday

Defending The Run In San Francisco

Notebook: Rush defense much improved; Fitzgerald questionable for Sunday

Friday Five: Cardinals At 49ers

A glance at five top storylines for Sunday’s Cardinals-49ers game in San Francisco:

Double Coverage: Cardinals at 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN's Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss and 49ers reporter Bill Williamson discuss the key division game

49ers a measuring stick for Cardinals on many levels

Cardinals get measuring-stick game against hated 49ers, with winner getting a leg up in playoff chase.

49ers reporter Matt Maiocco: San Francisco doesn't consider Arizona a major rival

Arizona Cardinals players may consider San Francisco as one of their top rivals, but a reporter who covers the 49ers says the feelings aren't mutual.

Cards' Dan Williams welcomes normalcy in return from tragedy

At this point, any sense of normalcy is a relief to Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Dan Williams.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd returns to site of his breakout performance

"It was the last game of the season and we wanted to go up there and get a victory," Floyd recalled. "Unfortunately we came up short. I had a pretty good game, but I don't dwell on that. Last year was last year. This year is a new year."

Arizona Cardinals' rookie RB Andre Ellington grateful for opportunity

"I'm very excited," Ellington said. "I'm just excited to be in the NFL, it's a dream come true."

Arizona Cardinals' rookie RB Andre Ellington grateful for opportunity

"I'm very excited," Ellington said. "I'm just excited to be in the NFL, it's a dream come true."


6 ways to win in the red zone -

You can learn a lot about a team by watching what it does in the red zone. In the right hands, a toolbox of tough plays translates to touchdowns inside the 20. Here's how a few of the mainstays work.

Adrian Peterson's son dies after alleged assault -

Adrian Peterson's son died after allegedly being assaulted by a South Dakota man.

NFL coaches on the hot seat: Winless Tom Coughlin makes debut, along with Mike Tomlin after Week 5 -

Even more names are added to the NFL hot seat watch following Week 5 and Thursday Night Football.

Robert Griffin III looks to find familiar success against Cowboys -

Robert Griffin III went 2-0 and put up big numbers against the Cowboys in his rookie season. Coming out of the Redskins' bye week, can he repeat that success on Sunday in Dallas?

Rob Gronkowski injury: Stability of surgically-repaired forearm a concern, per report -

Post-surgical infections have reportedly caused "serious concern" over the integrity of bones and nerves in the tight end's forearm.

NFLPA recommends outside expert to assess MRSA outbreak; NFL, Bucs agree -

The NFLPA has recommended to the NFL and the Buccaneers to seek an outside expert's assessment of the MRSA outbreak in Tampa Bay's facilities.

PHOTO GALLERY: 0-6 In Manning Faces - Big Blue View

This photo gallery of Eli Manning faces tells the story of the New York Giants' 0-6 start to the 2013 NFL season.