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It is gameday! The Arizona Cardinals play a rea; fake football game tonight. Here are some stories to read ahead of  time.

Cardinals:

Logan Thomas, Phillip Sims Battle For Third
With Palmer, Stanton entrenched, Cardinals watch development of young quarterbacks

Pasch Factor: Life With Wolf
In his new weekly column, the voice of the Cardinals analyzes his analyst

Cardinals Blogs | Friday before the Chiefs
The training camp of Palmer, Mathieu and hamstrings takes a brief break so the Cardinals can open the preseason Saturday night against the Chiefs. It figures to be what should always be expected in the first preseason game of the season — some good play, but also some stumbling out of the blocks.

Cardinals Blogs | Visit updates Chris Johnson possibility

Certainly nothing is set in stone for Johnson to become a Cardinal. But you figure that if the workout and physical go well, there would be a good chance Johnson signs with the Cardinals — because it makes little sense for Johnson to make the trip out to Arizona if the money end of negotations weren’t at least close, and that Johnson believes he could fit. We will see how it plays out.

Police: Cardinals Bobby Massie was impaired, confused during DUI arrest in Tempe

Records released Thursday by the Tempe Police Department detail Arizona Cardinals player Bobby Massie’s DUI arrest Jan. 31, before the Super Bowl.

Arizona Cardinals are counting on inside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon

"I look at it like this," Weatherspoon said. "If (the injuries) didn’t happen, I wouldn’t be here. I feel I have a place here, so I’m looking forward to taking care of business here."

Cardinals preseason opener: What to watch vs. Chiefs

Points to watch Saturday night when Cardinals play the Chiefs in the first preseason game.

Arizona Cardinals' backup O-line nearly as experienced as starters - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Having a second-team offensive line with nearly as much experience as the starters is rare, but that's what the Cardinals can boast about this summer.

Preseason is warm-up for new Arizona Cardinals DC James Bettcher, too - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Saturday's Cardinals preseason opener isn't just a tune-up for players. Coaches need practice, too.

Honey Badger's favorite cereal, favorite pet? Check Twitter - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Arizona's Tyrann Mathieu took Twitter to answer some fan questions. Here are some of the highlights:

Patrick Peterson: Cardinals have "talent and competition at every single position" - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

"I’m very excited to see what we’ve been working on extremely hard," Peterson said. "(There’s) a lot of young guys that I’m excited to watch play come Saturday night. I think we have a lot of talent. It’s going to be a very, very close race to see who makes the team, because (there’s) talent and competition at every single position."

Kevin Minter: "I’ll hit you in the mouth before I do anything else" - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

The Cardinals defense has been getting after the offense in training camp, but there’s two people linebacker Kevin Minter and his crew aren’t allowed to touch.

A nervous J.J. Nelson is a dangerous J.J. Nelson - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

"J.J. (Nelson) looks like a different person," Palmer said. "In OTAs and minicamp, he was a typical rookie. I think (he was) probably a little bit nervous, trying to figure out where he fits in, (and) does he belong, that kind of negative self-talk. Now, he’s telling himself he’s the best (wide) receiver on the team. He’s playing like his 40-time."

Phillip Sims is going to "have fun" playing against Chiefs - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

"It’s another day at work; we’re trying to earn a job," Sims said. "A preseason game is just another opportunity for us to show another reason why we should be on this team, and showcase our talent to the whole rest of the NFL. You never know what your situation may be at the end of the preseason, so you want to put your best foot forward."

Cards VP Player Personnel Terry McDonough: I wouldn't trade Carson Palmer for anybody - Arizona Sports

Terry McDonough has some high praise for Carson Palmer. McDonough says he wouldn't trade Palmer for anyone. McDonough also says he will be watching the young player on Saturday.

ESPN's Clayton: Money the reason why Chris Johnson isn't with Arizona Cardinals - Arizona Sports

John Clayton says Chris Johnson doesn't want to make the minimum money that Arizona may be offering. Clayton predicts that Kam Chancellor will be in camp on Monday for the Seahawks.

NFL:

NFL preseason results and scores 2015: Marcus Mariota throws pick, Bills QB battle heats up - SBNation.com

Marcus Mariota threw his first pick in a Titans uniform, the Bills quarterbacks looked pretty good and more from Friday's preseason action.

Celebrating Pete Carroll crashed into a referee and went flying 10 feet - SBNation.com

Watch out, Pete!

Marcus Mariota tosses interception against Falcons, ending his streak - SBNation.com

Marcus Mariota didn't throw an interception in training camp, but he tossed one against the Falcons in the preseason opener on Friday.

Is Johnny Manziel ready to be the Browns starter yet? - SBNation.com

Maybe! He had a good night of preseason play on Thursday. Let's get you up to speed on Thursday's preseason winners and losers along with some other very important NFL things to know.

Cowboys OL La'el Collins is decimating defenders like a first-round pick - SBNation.com

Collins unleashed a ferocious block in Dallas' first preseason game Thursday night, and reminded everyone why he was projected to be a top draft pick.

Ryan Mallet leads 2015's list of NFL players down to their last chance - SBNation.com

For players like Ryan Mallett and Montee Ball, 2015 could be a now-or-never season.

Geno Smith doesn’t deserve a free pass just because of his broken jaw - SBNation.com

There's a difference between being hurt and injured, and Geno needs to learn it quick. If I were a NFL football player I would never get injured because I have to much pride.

Cam Newton's flower pants look like a 1970s couch - SBNation.com

Cam Newton and Russell Westbrook must shop together.

Tom Crabtree can't play in the NFL because he's eating Doritos for breakfast - SBNation.com

Because he's retired now, which ESPN's Adam Caplan apparently forgot.

The NFL preseason is worth it just for this picture of Philip Rivers' face - SBNation.com

Philip Rivers, the gift that keeps on giving.

Texans unofficially pick a quarterback, Jets looking into Matt Flynn and more - SBNation.com

The Texans made a small change to their depth chart, removing the "or" between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett in the starting spot. Meanwhile, the Jets are considering Matt Flynn and other veterans, and more news from around the league.

Aaron Rodgers stands up for Tom Brady and quarterbacks everywhere - SBNation.com

Rodgers, who has a well-known penchant for overinflated footballs, offered his support for Brady and the NFL quarterback brotherhood Thursday night.

EJ Manuel has all but lost the Bills' quarterback competition - SBNation.com

EJ Manuel is behind Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor in the Bills' quarterback competition and continuing to lose ground.

2015 NFL preseason schedule: Marcus Mariota's debut, Bills QB battle set for Friday - SBNation.com

Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor will battle it out in their first preseason game on Friday. Marcus Mariota will also make his debut for the Tennessee Titans.