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8/23 Arizona Cardinals news: Camp notes after final open practice

Your Saturday roundup of Arizona Cardinals and NFC West news.

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Friday marked the final open-to-the-public training camp session for the Arizona Cardinals. Practice moves next week to the Tempe facility.

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Cardinals Camp Comes To A Close
Understanding of Arians' system much better than a year ago

Starters Look Forward To Extended Time
Notebook: A half of work expected for first unit; Mathieu gets used to brace

Cardinals Blogs | Friday before the Bengals, as camp ends
As cuts approach – down to 75 by Tuesday, down to 53 by next Saturday – it’s getting a lot clearer who will likely be around for the Cardinals.

Cardinals Blogs | Mathieu hits but isn’t sore; B.A. talks availability
"I wasn’t really trying to hit them, but I put a little weight on," Mathieu said with a chuckle, a nod to the "11 or 12″ pounds he added in the offseason so he could get stronger.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals: Cards' Preseason Game 3 Preview | Bleacher Report
Previewing the preseason Week 3 matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the visiting Cincinnati Bengals feels more like a regular-season preview because starters will play deeper into the game. It will be our only real look this preseason at how both the offense and defense respond to different game situations.

Arizona Cardinals' Other 'Brown,' Jaron, Making Statement After Being Overlooked | Bleacher Report
Second-year receiver Jaron Brown has been a pleasant surprise at Cards camp.

Cardinals all smiles after final training-camp practice
Few events make football players happier than the end of training camp, and the Cardinals were no exception on Friday. Almost everyone with a bird on his helmet wore a smile after the final public practice ended an hour earlier than scheduled.

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote says defense is good enough to overcome Darnell Dockett injury ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals have lost several key pieces to their defense from last season -- most recently, defensive end Darnell Dockett to an ACL tear during Monday's practice. But linebacker and 13-year NFL veteran Larry Foote, who signed with the Cardinals in May, said this year's defensive unit remains a formidable one.

Arizona Cardinals' DE Calais Campbell: Dockett injury 'sucks,' others need to step up ArizonaSports.com
"It sucks," Campbell said of Dockett's ACL tear during Monday's practice that will sideline him for the entire 2014 NFL season. "That's the worst part of training camp, too, because this is just like a practice to get you ready for the regular season.

A game-time decision, Jonathan Cooper going through learning experience with Arizona Cardinals ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals drafted the left guard seventh overall in 2013 and expected him to be the starter at that position for many years to come, but things haven't at all gone according to plan.

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington bulks up in anticipation of harder hits this season ArizonaSports.com
Since he's no longer floating under the radar of opposing defenses, Ellington said he's used the offseason to bulk up in order to be "physically ready for that pounding" that he's likely to take this year, and which he began to take toward the end of his rookie campaign.

Cold cuts coming for Cardinals | FOX Sports
Bruce Arians expects to have some tough decisions to make as it's time to start trimming the Cardinals' roster.

The rest of the NFC West

49ers, Aldon Smith continue to wait for word on his potential suspension - Niners Nation
We still have not heard what the status is of a potential suspension for Aldon Smith.

Anthony Davis in full uniform for practice for 1st time this offseason - Niners Nation
San Francisco's starting right tackle is getting closer to returning.

Scenes from the Victory: Christine Michael, Justin Britt and the search for cutback rushing - Field Gulls
This is Christine Michael.

Seahawks vs. Bears final score: Hawks' offense continues to fire on all cylinders in 34-6 win - Field Gulls
There's (usually) no such thing as perfect in sports, but the Seahawks came pretty close Friday night. Seattle grabbed another easy preseason win at home, and looked to be in midseason form.

Preseason Game 3 - Rams v. Browns Preview (Aug. 23) - Turf Show Times
With several key starters returning, Saturday's contest against the Browns may offer the most relevant results concerning the state of the team with just more than two weeks ahead of the season opener.

St. Louis Rams Vs. Cleveland Browns: Veterans To Watch - Turf Show Times
Some key veterans will return this week for the Rams and some players who have played in the last couple of games will try and look better this week.