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New Year's Arizona Cardinals news: Injury report, Fitz expecting to leave, playoffs

It's a new year. We still have Bird Droppings.

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Happy New Year! It is 2015. Of course, the best way to start off the new year is with a collection of Arizona Cardinals and NFL news. So here is the first Bird Droppings of the year!

Cardinals:

Cardinals, Jared Veldheer Prove Perfect Fit
Free-agent signing gives team exactly who it needed for left tackle spot

Larry Fitzgerald Happy To Be Back In Playoffs
Notebook: Bowles not thinking about head coaching chances; Stanton remains sidelined

Opposing View: Panthers Playoff Preview
Ron Rivera, Greg Olsen and more preview Saturday's wild card game against the Cardinals

Cardinals Blogs | Fitzgerald shows off his Marshawn Lynch
Fitz: "Thank you," bringing out the laughter of everyone around. "Ah," Fitz said, "I’m just messing with you, man."

Arizona Cardinals: Ready or not, it's Ryan Lindley's time to shine
Drew Stanton likely won't be healthy enough to start Saturday, meaning the Cardinals once again will turn to Ryan Lindley.

Cardinals' Todd Bowles focusing on game, not interviews
Todd Bowles can interview for head coaching jobs beginning next week. He has nothing set up.

Cardinals all access: QB Drew Stanton looking less likely to start at Carolina
azcentral sports insiders Kent Somers and Bobby Mac discuss the Cardinals storylines heading into the wild-card playoff game against Carolina.

Larry Fitzgerald channels Marshawn Lynch in locker room interview
Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald answered some of the media's questions in the way Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did. But Fitzgerald was a good sport and the interview didn't end there.

Carolina Panthers riding 'young and dumb' defense into the playoffs
Change has been the constant for the Carolina Panthers defense this season.

Source: Fitzgerald doesn't expect to be with Cardinals next season | FOX Sports
Larry Fitzgerald has played his entire 11-year NFL career for the Cardinals, but he's reportedly unhappy with his role in the offense and unwilling to renegotiate his contract for a second time in two years.

Arizona Cardinals' playoff history

In their first 78 years of existence, the Arizona Cardinals participated in exactly two playoff games.

NFL:

J.J. Watt's case for NFL MVP - SBNation.com

If ever there was a year to stop handing out the MVP trophy to the best offensive player and give it to the best player, period, this is the year. J.J. Watt just blew everyone right out of the water.

Doug Marrone got $4 million to voluntarily leave the Bills - SBNation.com

The Bills will be paying their former head coach $4 million next season no matter what he does next.

Why Jim Harbaugh left the NFL - SBNation.com

The NFL media struggled to accept the idea of Jim Harbaugh leaving professional football to coach at Michigan. They overlooked what really drove his decision.

NFL playoff picks: Cowboys, Steelers favorites to win Wild Card games - SBNation.com

The Wild Card round has arrived and our experts are here to tell you who's going on and who's going home.

Head of Ravens security on paid leave after reportedly charged with sex offense - SBNation.com

The head of security for the Baltimore Ravens was charged for an alleged fourth-degree sex offense.