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8/14 Arizona Cardinals news: Ellington ready for preseason, Linebacker and Punter starters unknown

Your daily news update of the Cardinals and NFL.

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Cardinals:

Cardinals Anxious For Preseason Opener
Notes: Games almost here; punter competition; Ellington to play Saturday

The Cardinals' Inside Track At Linebacker
With Weatherspoon hurting and rookies battling, questions remain at position

Cardinals Blogs | Ellington extended in final K.C. tuneup
Ellington looking good, more injury updates

Cardinals Blogs | Edwin Jackson and the story of Pound Cake
Keep in mind next time you're late to an interview.

Notes from the Nest: Arizona Cardinals training camp - Aug. 13
Updates on the last day to see the Cards before preseason starts.

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel gets reps as first-team cornerback
With Powers injured, Bethel's best chance at winning the starting role has come.

Arizona Cardinals training camp: All-Access with Bruce Arians
Q&A with Coach Arians

Football Outsiders: Arizona Cardinals to take big step back in 2015 - Arizona Sports
According to national media outlets, the Cards numbers reflect a mediocre team.

Cards WR John Brown on Richard Sherman: 'I don't think he could cover me one-on-one' - Arizona Sports
Big talk from such a small, but impressive, receiver.

Dave Zastudil embracing Cardinals punting competition with Drew Butler - NFC West - ESPN
After missing almost all of last season due to injury, Arizona Cardinals veteran Dave Zastudil is embracing his punting competition with Drew Butler.

Patrick Peterson receives unexpected signed jersey from Michael Jordan - NFC West - ESPN
Getting a package in the mail is exciting. Getting an unexpected package from Michael Jordan is unforgettable.

NFL:

NFL preseason results and scores 2015: Tom Brady starts, Jimmy Garoppolo uneven in loss to Packers - SBNation.com
Jimmy Garoppolo shows some good things and some bad things playing the majority of Thursday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

Tom Brady inflates hopes that he'll play Thursday night - SBNation.com
Tom Brady might play in the Patriots' preseason opener on Thursday, Ameer Abdullah looks real good for the Lions and more from Thursday in the NFL.

The NFL preseason is worth it just for this picture of Philip Rivers' face - SBNation.com
Philip Rivers, the gift that keeps on giving.

Washington TE Niles Paul will miss season with ankle injury - SBNation.com
Washington tight end Niles Paul sustained a left ankle injury against the Cleveland Browns and had to be carted off the field. He'll miss the 2015 season.

The Onside Kick Family Hour: Getting you ready for the NFL preseason - SBNation.com
The NFL preseason is here. Get ready for it with Stephen White, Danny Kelly and Ryan Van Bibber on this week's edition of the podcast.

T.Y. Hilton and the Colts are a perfect match - SBNation.com
T.Y. Hilton is a perfect fit for Andrew Luck, and for that the Colts made Hilton one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.

The NFL may be asking Tom Brady to commit perjury as part of a DeflateGate settlement - SBNation.com
The NFL is reportedly insisting Tom Brady admit guilt as part of any DeflateGate settlement agreement. From a legal and PR perspective, that is a non-starter.

The next great Wisconsin running back and the rest of the Big Ten West's NFL draft prospects - SBNation.com
The West division may not boast the talent from Ohio State or Michigan State, but there are some solid players like Nebraska's Maliek Collins.

NFL preseason results and scores 2015: Tom Brady starts, Jimmy Garoppolo uneven in loss to Packers - SBNation.com
Jimmy Garoppolo shows some good things and some bad things playing the majority of Thursday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

Seahawks DL will play Friday, less than 3 months after having his kidney removed - SBNation.com
Jesse Williams was diagnosed with cancer in late May and had one of his kidneys removed. He'll be chasing quarterbacks around the field Friday night.

T.Y. Hilton agrees to 5-year, $65 million contract extension with the Colts - SBNation.com
The Colts locked up their budding superstar for the next six years of his career, the team announced Thursday morning. Plus, the latest on DeflateGate and more from around the NFL.

Avocados may soon be gone because of the drought and J.J. Watt - SBNation.com
He requires 2,109,627 gallons of avocado water per year, three-and-a-quarter Olympic-size pools just to keep the Milkman in guacamole.