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11/3 Arizona Cardinals news: Andre Ellington and Tyrann Mathieu accolades

Cure the bye week blues with morning links from around the league.

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Get your Cardinals stories in this morning because they won't be on the field later. Enjoy the one Sunday of the season where you can spend time with your family without checking your phone every five minutes for score updates, or maybe just go outside for a while. I'm thinking about getting into meditation... Bye week, everybody.


Cardinals Not Likely To Move Much During Bye Week
The Arizona Cardinals have a chance to move up in the standings as they sit at home this weekend on their bye week but in reality with the teams they are chasing, some are on byes themselves and others the match ups don’t appear ripe for moving up.

A look back at the first half of the season and a look ahead
Arizona is very much in the thick of things in the NFC playoff picture at 4-4.

Andre Ellington wins week 8 FedEx Ground award
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 332 yards and five touchdowns, while Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington ran for 154 yards and a touchdown to earn Week 8 honors.

Tyrann Mathieu Wins NFC’s Defensive Rookie of the Month Award
The rookie safety from LSU recorded 21 tackles, had five passes defensed, one interception and one sack last month. Due to his excellence, the "Honey Badger" was named the NFC's defensive rookie of the month for October.

Arizona Cardinals Rookie Profile: Andre Ellington
The University of Clemson product appears to be one of the steals of this year's NFL Draft so far.


Saturday NFL Draft watch notes -
For NFL Draft prospects, November is the make-or-break part of the schedule. Underclassmen in particular can either prove their ready for the next level or show that they need another season in college.

Everyone is talking about Earl Thomas - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Players, coaches and reporters all have noticed that Thomas is playing the best football of his career and is a worthy candidate for the league's defensive player of the year.

NFL coaches on the hot seat: Greg Schiano continues march toward unemployment, Jim Schwartz nearing security -
We take a look at how the various coaches on the hot seat performed in Week 8. Greg Schiano ... still has a job, it seems.

NFLPA investigating Richie Incognito's involvement in Jonathan Martin case, per report -
The NFLPA has now stepped in to review the details leading up to Jonathan Martin leaving the Dolphins.