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Arizona Cardinals news 12/13: Injured rookies show promise, Dansby ignoring future

Your daily news update of the Cardinals and NFL.

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Bumpy Year For Rookie Class
Injuries beat up group but future remains bright assuming comebacks

Karlos Dansby Not Worried About Future
Notebook: Mathieu surgery slotted for Friday; Housler misses practice

Opposing View: Inside Titans Prep
Hear from the other side before Sunday's match up

Stability at quarterback a huge catalyst for Arizona Cardinals' 2013 success
Makes sense that the player who touches the ball the most would be important.

Jaws: Dansby playing with a chip on his shoulder
The veteran is playing for a long term contract in the league too.

Notes from the Nest: Arizona Cardinals practice - Dec. 12
The quote of the day is a sobering one from Fitzgerald.

Cardinals Blogs | Pro Bowl update and Mathieu’s exit
The pro bowl voting can be head scratching at times. No John Abraham?!

Cardinals vs. Titans 2013 odds: Arizona slight road favorite -
Arizona looks to keep its playoff hopes against a Titans team playing out the string.


Breaking Madden: Tony Gonzalez, cranky old man of destruction -
Tony Gonzalez has not fumbled since 2006. The Redskins' special-teams unit is abjectly miserable. Let's smash the two into each other in Madden, see what happens, and accept that we will create nothing but disaster.

A special offer from the Redskins -
Spencer Hall responds to a very special offer from the Redskins, and ponders whether to buy a suite or burn hundred dollar bills in an oil barrel.

NFL picks against the spread, Week 15: Ravens, Panthers favor bettors -
We put it all on the line against Rob Ford last week, and it turned out okay. That should be the only endorsement you need to take the Week 15 picks to the betting window with confidence.

NFL news roundup: NFC North quarterbacks return to health -
Jay Cutler will return on Sunday, while Aaron Rodgers' status is still up in the air.

Calvin Johnson will show what 'old man's strength' is to Matt Elam -
The Ravens safety made some surprisingly bold comments about Detroit's star receiver, and Johnson was quick to respond on Thursday.

QB Watch, Week 15: Which teams need new signal-callers? -
Finding the right quarterback is at least as difficult as finding the right head coach. Which players are on the QB hot seat and who should feel safe moving forward.

NFL rookie report: Former Tennessee wide receivers dominant in Week 14 -
It was a good week to be a former Tennessee wide receiver.

Russell Wilson can't stop getting drafted by pro sports teams -
With the whatever pick in the MLB Rule 5 draft, the Texans Rangers select Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks.

NFL Watchability Index, Week 15: Playoff races and coaching hot seats -
After one of the wildest NFL weeks in recent memory, things might come back down to earth a bit in Week 15, but we'd love to be proven wrong again. Welcome back to the Watchability Index.

Andre Johnson Is The Real Santa Claus (Again, Like He Is Every Year) - Battle Red Blog
In the midst of what's surely the most disappointing season of his professional career, Andre Johnson hosted his annual toy giveaway for underprivileged children. Respect.

Robert Griffin III angry about benching, according to report -
New reports indicate that mistrust and angry are flourishing in the Washington organization.

The now-dead Bengals and Steelers rivalry needs life - Cincy Jungle
The Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark said on Wednesday that he didn't believe the Bengals respected the Steelers. That's probably not true, but this once intense rivalry does need some life.

NFL injury roundup: Reggie Bush out Thursday, Jonathan Stewart hopes to return this season -
NFC North quarterbacks dominated headlines Thursday, but there was plenty more happening on the injury front around the league, including shaky updated prospects for Reggie Bush and Jonathan Stewart.

2014 NFL Pro Bowl Draft to be televised Jan. 22 -
Breaking from tradition, the 2014 Pro Bowl will not pit the AFC against the NFC. Instead, two teams will be set via a draft on Jan. 21 and 22 to be televised on the NFL Network.

Brandon Jacobs injury: Giants RB had cartilage graft during knee surgery -
Jacobs could be on the verge of retirement after undergoing a knee procedure on Thursday.

Joe Flacco is unimpressed with Matt Elam's comments -
Rookie safety Matt Elam called Calvin Johnson "old," which didn't win him a fan in Joe Flacco.

Jordan Reed injury: Redskins TE out for the year, per report -
A bad week for the Redskins keeps getting worse, with tight end Jordan Reed now reportedly out for the season.

Injuries no excuse for Cowboys defense, Stephen Jones says -
Stephen Jones, son of Jerry Jones, is none too happy with the 45 points the Cowboys allowed on Monday night against the Bears.

Dashon Goldson believes 'dirty player' label is 'ridiculous' -
The Bucs free safety was suspended earlier this year for an illegal hit, but doesn't appreciate being called "dirty."