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Arizona Cardinals news 9/19: The day before a game

Cardinals and NFL links.

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It is a weekend and not only that. It is the Saturday before a game. So to get started, here are some stories perhaps you might have missed from Friday.

Cardinals:

Friday Five: Cardinals At Bears
A glance at the top storylines for the Cardinals-Bears game Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago:

Time For Chris Johnson To Tap In For Cardinals

Notes: Veteran running back set to start; Butler settles in at punter; Palmer's running

Andre Ellington of Arizona Cardinals out vs. Chicago Bears with sprained posterior cruciate ligament

Cardinals running back Andre Ellington will be watching Sunday's game against the Bears from home, and Arizona will turn to Chris Johnson as the starting running back.

ESPN's Mark Schlereth: Mathieu was all over the field - Arizona Sports

Schlereth talks about how impressed he is with Carson Palmer, how lack of practice leads to more injuries, and the importance of the Patriots-Bills game.

No rush? Arizona Cardinals aim to apply pressure to QBs

"I was very pleased with our four-man rush and our blitz package," head coach Bruce Arians said. "They got us a couple of times on screens on our blitz package, but we had good pressure."

NFL:

Chris Christie isn’t a Dallas Cowboys super fan. He’s an Eagles sleeper agent. - SBNation.com

Are the New Jersey Governor, a large bird of prey and a referee conspiring to guarantee the Eagles a win over the Cowboys this week? The truth is out there, sheeple.

Here's a crazy thing about Alex Smith that you haven't heard yet - SBNation.com

Lost in all the hubub of Peyton Manning, Andy Reid, and poor clock management is this one surprising Alex Smith stat that is frankly hard to believe and underreported.

Can the Bills buffalo their way to the playoffs? - SBNation.com
Have fun playing the Bills defense this season!

Johnny Manziel to start for Browns in Week 2 - SBNation.com
Manziel will start for the Browns while Josh McCown is still recovering from a concussion suffered in Week 1.Johnny Manziel to start for Browns in Week 2 - SBNation.com

Manziel will start for the Browns while Josh McCown is still recovering from a concussion suffered in Week 1.