The Arizona Cardinals are not playing today, but almost the rest of the NFL is. Here are your Sunday morning stories to kick off your day.
Cardinals Blogs | Game day for Andre and Saturday before the Chargers
"We can’t worry about injuries," Arians said. "Nobody cares but us."
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Still, the Cardinals return game left a lot to be desired last season. Arizona ranked second-to-last in the league in punt return average (5.8 yards per return) and were tied for last in kickoff return average (20.0 yards).
"You want to know what it takes? I'll tell you what it takes," Cardinals veteran linebacker Larry Foote said. "You've got to have guys who are willing to do it. Yes, the scheme from the coaches definitely helps, too, but at the end of the day, if you don't want to get blocked you ain't going to get blocked. You've got to want it, man."
Confession: The first thing I thought about when I heard that Gilbert police had arrested Max Hall on suspicion of possession of stolen items and cocaine? Concussions.
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington will be a game-time decision on Monday night after practicing on a limited basis on Saturday with a foot injury.
"It would mean a lot," he said of getting the start Monday night against the San Diego Chargers in Week 1. "It's what they drafted me to do. I'm supposed to be playing linebacker; it's cool to be actually playing that position now."
So much confidence, in fact, that few people are even talking about the offensive line as the season is about to begin. That's the idea.
Geno Smith is learning to be a starter, Michael Vick is learning to be a back-up, and together they're trying to win games while setting a new precedent African-American quarterbacks.
Percy Harvin gives the Seattle Seahawks offense a whole new dimension.
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They are probably the most dirty, disrespectful team in the NFL. Their gimmickry will be short-lived, you can bet on that.
Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he plans to use the rookie quarterback in sub-packages in the regular season opener.