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Happy Thursday one and all, the Arizona Cardinals are back on the practice field today, but even better, the NFL is back!

That’s right, the NFL preseason kicks off this evening, and the Arizona Cardinals have their Red and White Practice on Saturday, so things are really heating up.

Let’s get to it.

Pat Tillman Elected To Arizona Sports Hall Of Fame
Former safety joins team owner Bill Bidwill, Adrian Wilson

Cardinals Defense A Constant Amid Change
Talented group expects to be among league's best again

Coach Wilks or Denzel Washington?
Whose quote is this? Coach Wilks or Denzel Washington? The players give their best guess.

NFL training camp bold predictions for all 32 teams - Who starts, gets cut, gets traded
Training camps are full go around the NFL, so it's time to get bold. Who starts? Who gets cut? And where is Earl Thomas going to end up?

Little but memories remain of Cardinals training camp in Flagstaff
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and cornerback Patrick Peterson are the only two remaining Arizona Cardinals who trained in Flagstaff.

Pat Tillman, Mark Grace among Arizona Sports Hall of Fame inductees
Pat Tillman, Mark Grace, Mike Candrea and three more were named to the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame class of 2018 on Wednesday.

ESPN's Barnwell picks Cardinals as one of most likely declining NFL teams
ESPN doesn't like the odds of the Arizona Cardinals trending upward after an 8-8 record in 2017.

NFL countdown: 39 days, Johnny Johnson for the Cardinals
He was a standout seventh-round pick.

If Markus Golden is unable to play Week 1, who will step up?
Markus Golden may not be ready to go for the season opener against the Redskins. This gives a new opportunity for someone else to step up.

Arizona Cardinals training camp: 4 players who have been surprises
An undrafted rookie, players with only a handful of games and a sixth-round pick stand out thus far.

NFL power rankings: AZ Cardinals slip three spots but offer optimism
They are 21st overall in USA TODAY's latest rankings.

Arizona Sports Hall of Fame adds Pat Tillman
Tillman joins other Arizona athletic stars 14 years after his tragic death.

David Johnson is ‘special,’ says Cardinals OC Mike McCoy
"He can do it all," he told reporters on Tuesday. "Running backs, they're good out of the backfield, but he's special."

Arizona Cardinals offense will change from week to week
"If we've got to run it 50 times in a game, we're going to run it 50 times. If we've got to throw it 50 times, that's what we're going to do."