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12/4 Arizona Cardinals news: Stanton's job security not in question

Your Thursday roundup of Arizona Cardinals and NFC West news.

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Some have wondered if quarterback Drew Stanton's job should be questioned with his recent struggles.

Cardinals

Drew Stanton Remains Solidly In Place
Quarterback needs to improve but his status as starter will never be in question

Safety Safely In Tony Jefferson's Hands
Notebook: Cards prepared for Mathieu absence; Fitzgerald ready to practice this week

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians doesn't blame Drew Stanton for 3rd-down woes
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has not absolved quarterback Drew Stanton of all blame for the team's offensive woes the last two weeks. There was the one pass that sailed over receiver Michael Floyd's head and into the hands of cornerback Josh Wilson in the fourth quarter last Sunday in Atlanta. That's the only "really bad throw" Stanton made.

Bickley: Southern hospitality? Falcons were rude hosts
Jonathan Cooper's mother is in a wheelchair. She made the road trip to Atlanta, watching her son play extended minutes (42 snaps) for the first time in his NFL career. Along the way, she made a very big mistake.

Lack of third-down execution hampering Arizona Cardinals' offense
Move the ball. Sustain drives. Keep the offense on the field. It's been a failed strategy for the Arizona Cardinals in each of the past two weeks due in large part to the team's inability to convert on third down.

Arizona Cardinals' Jared Veldheer rated among top veteran acquisitions
When the Arizona Cardinals signed Jared Veldheer to a big five-year, $35 million contract last March, the hope was the veteran would fill the team's left tackle spot for years. The early returns have been positive for Veldheer and the Cardinals who, at 9-3, own the top seed in the NFC playoff standings.

Rest of NFC West

Colin Kaepernick remains a man of few words with local media - Niners Nation
Colin Kaepernick chatted with the 49ers local media on Wednesday. He did not have a whole lot of much to say, which has led to some gnashing of teeth among Bay Area media. We've got a transcript.

49ers-Raiders injury report: Glenn Dorsey back at practice, Vance McDonald still sitting - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers released their Wednesday injury report for Week 14. We break down who was absent, and who participated.

Seahawks vs. Eagles: Players, coaches, and analysts talk ball - Field Gulls
Here's a roundup of player and coaches interviews/pressers from the last few days.

Richard Sherman wins NFC Defensive Player of the Week - Field Gulls
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award after picking off Colin Kaepernick twice in Seatte's Thanksgiving Day win over the Niners.

Sam Bradford, the St. Louis Rams, the Rock and the Hard Place - Turf Show Times
Some questions don't have answers.

St. Louis - Washington: The "Every Other Week" Time Is Here - Turf Show Times
On, Off... On, off... Will the St. Louis Rams be able to stem their penchant for winning one week, and losing the next?