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9/11 Arizona Cardinals news: Abraham leaves team, Fitz focused on winning

Your Thursday roundup of Arizona Cardinals and NFC West news.

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John Abraham Takes Leave, Mulls Retirement
Cardinals linebacker has five days to decide if he wants to keep playing

Rolle, DRC Face Their Former Team
Notebook: Ex-Cardinals man Giants secondary; Fells vs. Fells; Ellington "better than we hoped"

Cardinals Blogs | Larry Fitzgerald: Winning “my only concern”
Larry Fitzgerald is in damage-control mode after his outspoken father, Larry Sr., sent a tweet suggesting the Cardinals are purposely avoiding throwing his son the ball.

Larry Fitzgerald's contribution in opener ominous -- Paola Boivin,
I don't believe Larry Fitzgerald's quiet night on Monday had anything to do with politics, despite what his father tweets. I don't believe Carson Palmer wasn't looking for him. I do believe these kind of games will weigh heavily on how both sides consider where the standout receiver plays next year.

Cardinals did homework before signing RB Chris Rainey
"Larry Foote stood up on the table for the guy, as did Jonathan Dwyer," Arians said. "I put a lot of stock in that."

Week 1 was a sign of the future for Larry Fitzgerald -- John Gambadoro,
Larry Fitzgerald is arguably the greatest player to ever wear an Arizona Cardinals uniform. He is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and for a time held the title as the game's best wide receiver. But those days are long gone.

Bobby Massie 'solid' at right tackle, but could improve for Arizona Cardinals
"I think Bobby had a solid game other than two plays," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, pointing to the sack and the penalty. "But other than that he played pretty solid. "Fall on the fumble -- don't try to pick it up with a cast on your hand, but for him against some really good dudes, he held his own."

The rest of the NFC West

Ted Robinson suspended 2 games for comments about Janay Rice - Niners Nation
Earlier this week, 49ers play-by-play person Ted Robinson made what were described as incredibly offensive comments about Janay Rice, wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. He has now been suspended by the 49ers for these comments.

Jim Harbaugh talks tweaks from Week 1 to Week 2, Aaron Lynch, run defense and more - Niners Nation
Since the Ted Robinson thing is probably not something we want to end the night with, how about a Jim Harbaugh press conference transcript? Try to contain your excitement! Did DB Jimmie Ward...

Bryan Walters to return punts, Earl Thomas to focus on safety - Field Gulls
Pete Carroll announced today that Bryan Walters will take over punt return duties, meaning for now, the Earl Thomas experiment there is over or on hold.

Under Pressure: Marcus Burley thrown into the fire at nickelback - Field Gulls
Let's focus on Burley.

Chris Long Injury: Rams' Iron Man to Miss "A Few Games" (Updated) - Turf Show Times
With Sam Bradford and Trumaine Johnson already sidelined, the Rams will miss their long-serving DE for the game against Tampa...and beyond.

Chris Long Injury: Who Steps Up? - Turf Show Times
Chris Long will be sidelined for the next two months dealing with an injured ankle. Who fills the void?