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Arizona Cardinals news 12/2: Injuries mounting, CJ to IR, no to Ray Rice

Cardinals and NFL links to start the day.

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The Cardinals are hurting. They lost Chris Johnson. They turn to David Johnson. They won't add Ray Rice. Here are today's Bird Droppings.

Cardinals:

Birds Of A Feather Chat - Rams Week
Hey again everyone. We'll be chatting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, so leave a question above and as usual, I'll get to as many as I can. The Cardinals are 9-2 heading to St. Louis this week.

Cardinals Film Room: Sacked Again
Breaking down safety Tony Jefferson's crucial late takedown of Blaine Gabbert

Cardinals Blogs | CJ2K down until Super Bowl, so …
After it came out that Chris Johnson had a fracture in his knee (to be clear, it is a tibial plateau fracture, with a chip in the tibia near the knee), it was pretty clear he was going to miss some time. The Cardinals clarified that Tuesday when CJ was put on the IR-designated to return list, meaning he cannot play before the Super Bowl. You know, assuming the Cardinals can get there.

Strictly Bickley: Cardinals getting bit by injury bug

Bickley: Next man up was once a battle cry in Arizona, a symbol of resilience and fortitude. Now, the slogan makes me sick.

Arizona Cardinals defense must heed lessons from 2014

Arizona Cardinals defense must heed lessons from 2014

Arizona Cardinals not looking to sign Ray Rice

Arizona Cardinals not looking to sign Ray Rice

Bruce Arians thinks David Johnson will excel as Arizona Cardinals' RB - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks that rookie running back David Johnson will excel as the featured running back down the stretch.

Five things to know about Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

David Johnson leads all rookie running backs and receivers with eight total touchdowns -- four rushing, three receiving and one return touchdown.

Tyrann Mathieu focused on improving, not the hype - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

The Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu is used to facing high expectations, and in his third NFL season, he's starting to play up to them.

Schein: Cardinals have what it takes to win Super Bowl

NFL.com's Adam Schein thinks the Cardinals may be able to pull off an even bigger win in Santa Clara come February.

Dave Pasch: An early look at the Cardinals playoff picture

No team has clinched a playoff berth yet, but the NFL playoff picture is starting to come together with five games to go in the regular season.

Is Chris Johnson and 2.9 replaceable?

As important as Chris Johnson has been up until this point, it’s also fair to wonder if that needle was on "E".

NFL Network analyst: Tyrann Mathieu in DPOY conversation

A healthy Tyrann Mathieu is an outstanding football player. If you didn't know that before, you're learning it now.

Behind Enemy Lines: St. Louis Rams host Arizona Cardinals - Arizona Sports

All the happenings with the St. Louis Rams as they prepare to host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

NFL:

Ziggy Ansah feasted on Mark Sanchez for Thanksgiving - SBNation.com

The Lions defensive came into the league as a talented, but raw, pass rusher in 2013. Last Thursday, he showed the world just how far he's come.

Ravens beat Browns on 'kick six' in most absurd 'Monday Night Football' ending imaginable - SBNation.com

HOLY CRAP

2015 NFL power rankings, Week 13: Panthers, Broncos move up, Patriots, Cardinals slip - SBNation.com

Finally a shakeup at the top!

NFL confirms Ravens were lined up onside during 'kick-six' play - SBNation.com

Anthony Levine lined up outside of the neutral zone, according to NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.

It's another sad, sad day to be the Browns - SBNation.com

It looked like the Browns were going to pull off a dramatic comeback win. NOPE.

Josh McCown out for the season with a broken collarbone - SBNation.com

Josh McCown's season is over, meaning that the Browns now have a difficult decision to make. Though Johnny Manziel was active, the Browns left him on the bench in the fourth quarter of Monday's wild game against the Ravens.