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9/27 Arizona Cardinals news: Benchwarmers and energy boosters

Your Saturday roundup of Arizona Cardinals and NFC West news.

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Is it possible a healthy Jonathan Cooper rides the pine all season?


McDonoughs Make Mark In Valley
Cardinals have Terry as VP of player personnel, Suns have Ryan as general manager

Cardinals Blogs | At 3-0, Friday before the bye
The Cardinals won’t go undefeated. But at this point, there isn’t a game on the schedule – as difficult as it might be – that would cause someone to be surprised if the Cards won on that particular weekend.

Arizona Cardinals boosted by energy and optimism of Darnell Dockett
If the Cardinals are able to turn their 3-0 start into something truly special this year in the same season they host the Super Bowl, they'll have to make sure they thank their main "cornerman." And that would be Darnell Dockett.

Cardinals' Jonathan Cooper could ride the bench all season
Jonathan Cooper's left fibula, fractured in the 2013 preseason, has healed. The turf toe on his right foot, which limited him most of this preseason, is feeling better every day. Cooper watches himself run on video these days and notices that, for the first time in months, he doesn't limp.

Arizona Cardinals among NFL's best teams since their last bye week
In the time that has passed since the Cardinals' 2013 bye week (Week 9), Bruce Arians' team has been one of the best in the entire league. Including their 3-0 start this season, the Cards are 9-2 with one of their two losses coming against the Philadelphia Eagles, who own the league's best mark in that span.

ESPN's Schlereth: Aggressive defense working for Arizona Cardinals
"Every play when I'm breaking them down is like, ‘Oh, there comes another blitz, there's another safety at the line of scrimmage,'" Schlereth said.

Rest of NFC West

49ers vs. Eagles 2014: Nick Foles or Colin Kaepernick? - Bleeding Green Nation
San Francisco 49ers David Fucillo of Niners Nation took the time to answer questions about the upcoming Eagles-49ers game on Sunday, September 28.

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan is stupid, but will remain on the radar while Brady Hoke struggles - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers have plenty to deal with in getting their 2014 season turned around. Unfortunately, on top of that, they are dealing with Jim Harbaugh/Michigan chatter. I don't think it results in anything, but it won't go away.

Seahawks' run defense has been better than advertised - Field Gulls
I believe one of the most important and most well-crafted aspects for the Seahawks has been the run defense through three games.

NFL Week 4 TV info, coverage guide: Seahawks bye week provides unfettered scouting opportunity - Field Gulls
Four out of the five Seattle-area televised games feature Seahawk opponents this season.

The Rams Aren’t Playing to Their Strengths - Turf Show Times
In 2013, it became evident the Rams were going to win by relying on Zac Stacy running the football, and the fierce pass rush of their defense. That hasn’t been the case thus far in 2014...

St. Louis Rams Injury Report, Sep. 26 - Turf Show Times
Catching up on the injured Rams and checking in on the their timelines to return to action.