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12/19 Arizona Cardinals news: Rucker, Leach unsung heroes; winning the NFC West

Your daily news update of the Cardinals and NFL

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Cardinals:

Cardinals Surprise: Drew Stanton Practices
One week after hurting knee in St. Louis, quarterback does limited work with team

"Gritty" Frostee Rucker Comes Through For Cardinals
Veteran defensive end has proven valuable as Dockett replacement

Cardinals Focus On Russell Wilson
Notebook: Cooper sits out practice while Fanaika is fine; Mathieu adjusts to cast; Game sells out

Opposing View: NFC West At Stake
Pete Carroll and Richard Sherman preview Sunday night's big matchup

Cardinals Blogs | Quietly, Leach a backbone on special teams
The veteran has had a large impact for the team for years

ESPN analyst Jaworski: Arizona Cardinals vs. Seahawks will be a 'prizefight'
The Cards have a chance in the most important 2014 game

Ex-basketball player, current tight end Darren Fells assists Arizona Cardinals' run game
Darren Fells improving technique is proving to be a key contribution

NFC West Week 16 Primer: It all comes down to this
The biggest questions for each game

Arizona Cardinals know containing Russell Wilson is key to beating Seattle Seahawks
The whole team playing their roles perfectly will be tantamount to stopping Wilson

Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill: NFL's new personal conduct policy could spark cultural change
Bidwell has a principal role in shaping the next ten years of personal conduct policy

Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Recap: Arizona Cardinals confusing the voters
The Cardinals shouldn't be winning, but they are

Arizona Cardinals introduce world to 'Spruce Arians'
Please someone dress as this on Sunday

Arizona Cardinals injury report: Drew Stanton upgraded - ESPN
Extra long week is paying off

By saying Logan Thomas may play, Cards force Seattle to prepare differently - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Bruce Arians said this week that rookie QB Logan Thomas may be used against Seattle with his own package of plays.

NFL:

Titans vs. Jaguars 2014 final score: 3 things we learned from Jacksonville's 21-13 win - SBNation.com
One of the worst primetime matchups in the history of the NFL at least turned out to be a competitive game.

NFL Network guys are using Titans-Jaguars as a driving range - SBNation.com
WATCH OUT.

Jaguars lineman gets walk-off sack for $600K bonus, does money dance - SBNation.com
That was the PERFECT occasion for a money dance.

A eulogy for Jay Cutler, the best bad quarterback the Bears have ever had - SBNation.com
The Bears have turned to Jimmy Clausen to start Sunday against the Lions. This was not how the Jay Cutler era in Chicago was supposed to end.

6 good thoughts about bad* NFL teams - SBNation.com
... some teams that would at least qualify as mediocre. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White offers up his thoughts on NFL rules that don't make sense, the Dolphins' bad decisions, Julio Jones' health and more.

Breaking Madden: Johnny Manziel versus the arrow of time - SBNation.com
We have seen Johnny Manziel extend plays for several seconds. In this episode of Breaking Madden, we ask him to do so for an eternity.

DeMarco Murray will decide if he plays, Andre Johnson passes concussion protocol - SBNation.com
A broken hand might not keep the league's top rusher off the field this weekend; Johnson has been cleared to face the Ravens; and a former Jet is criticizing Rex Ryan's staff for not coaching him.

49ers DE Ray McDonald accused of rape - SBNation.com
San Jose police are investigating a rape allegation against 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald.

NFL players whose names set them up for failure - SBNation.com
Grow up, Johnny Unitas.

The most interesting page in the Titans' playbook - SBNation.com
If any other team ran this play, it would be totally awesome. Stephen White walks us through some kind of weird downfield wide receiver screen pass.

10 NFL head coaches who went right back to college - SBNation.com
If he takes the Michigan job, Jim Harbaugh won't be the first coach with a winning NFL record to have left for his alma mater.