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Arizona Cardinals news 12/16: Chris Johnson feels good, Andre Ellington progressing

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Wednesday Cardinals and NFL news

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The Arizona Cardinals had a bonus practice on Tuesday after the short week. Here are some of the stories that come from that.

Cardinals:

Dwight Freeney's Retirement Dodge
Cardinals prolong linebacker's career with contract, he delivers payback through sacks

Chris Johnson Hoping For Super Bowl Shot
Notes: Injured RB making progress; Turf toe bothering Ellington; Floyd excelling

Cardinals Film Room: Floyd's Fruitful Confusion
Analyzing Michael Floyd's wrong route 42-yard touchdown against the Vikings

Arizona Cardinals change travel plansbecause of flexed schedule - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
When Arizona's game against the Eagles was moved to Sunday night, the team changed it's arrival date in Philadelphia from Friday to Saturday.

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's turf toe not 100 percent yet - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington said his left turf toe injury is not yet 100 percent but is 'getting there.'

Winning MVP a curse for Super Bowl success recently - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Carson Palmer has a chance to win MVP, but Cardinals fans may not want that to happen based on recent history.

Arizona Cardinals' Dwight Freeney earned $200K with game-saving sack - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Dwight Freeney's strip-sack of Teddy Bridgewater late in Thursday's game secured a win for Arizona -- and also lined the LB's pockets with extra cash.

Three weeks into rehab, Chris Johnson is "already feeling better" - NBCSPORTS1060.COM
Three weeks after injuring his knee against the San Francisco 49ers, and subsequently being placed on the IR/Designated for Return list, Cardinals running back Chris Johnson is back, he’s running in the pool at their training facility, and he says he and his knee are feeling "real good."

Cardinals' Ellington progressing as team prepares for Eagles
Andre Ellington has been sidelined since the Cardinals' Week 12 win in San Francisco but says his injured toe is feeling better.

Arizona Cardinals' Chris Johnson says leg 'feels really good'
Johnson spoke to reporters for the first time since the injury Tuesday and said at the time the it happened, he did not think it was all that severe.

Behind Enemy Lines: Philadelphia Eagles host Cardinals
All the happenings in the City of Brotherly Love as the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night.

NFL:

Khalil Mack is very good at making blockers look very bad - SBNation.com
The Raiders linebacker had five sacks in a Sunday upset over the Broncos. Five sacks. He's taking home some hardware for his effort.

Chart Party: The Falcons are trash - SBNation.com
That isn't a criticism or condemnation of the Atlanta Falcons. Someone has to be trash, and sometimes it's your turn, even if you started the season 5-0. Here is one of the worst collapses in NFL history, charted.

2015 NFL power rankings, Week 15: Panthers still king while Seahawks, Patriots rise - SBNation.com
More shuffling at the top as the Bengals and Broncos lost key games.

The NFL's secret disaster scenario is an injured long snapper - SBNation.com
We don't think about long snappers a lot, because their job seems easy and they rarely get hurt. But if they're unable to play, we realize how tough their job actually is.

Jerry Jones says Cowboys will go 'balls out' with Dez Bryant - SBNation.com
Dallas' owner does know his way around a phrase.

Ben Roethlisberger not buying Bengals' excuse for low hit - SBNation.com
The Steelers' QB says Sunday's game between the two AFC North rivals was the dirtiest one he's ever played in.

Steph Curry is Cam Newton's No. 1 fan - SBNation.com
And he should know a thing or two about MVPs!