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Sean Weatherspoon Awaiting Opportunity to Take Field for Arizona Cardinals

October 9th, 2015 at 4:55 AM
By Steve Smith

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon of the Arizona Cardinals is a patient man.

He has to be.

The University of Missouri product has been told by Arizona defensive coordinator James Bettcher he's the next man up at inside linebacker. However, until he's needed, Weatherspoon has to wait and that waiting has been done in a very public setting – the sideline of an NFL game.

"I'm cool now," Weatherspoon said via "I'm a pro. I know this is a long season. The silver lining of it all is we got some ball on tape. So, I mean, I didn't think it was a drastic rush to just insert me in."

The 27-year-old former Atlanta Falcon did not play last Sunday against St. Louis after playing at least nine defensive snaps in Arizona's first three contests. Arizona's coaches have not discussed his playing time with him, Weatherspoon said. He didn't know he wasn't going to play, so he prepared for the game like he did the first three contests.

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Arizona Cardinals’ Andre Ellington Hoping to Play Against Detroit

October 8th, 2015 at 5:15 AM
By Steve Smith

After missing the last three weeks with a sprained knee, Arizona Cardinals halfback Andre Ellington is hopeful of playing in this Sunday's contest against the Detroit Lions in Detroit.

The University of Clemson product came close to being active for last week's game against the Rams but was held out shortly before the kickoff to get additional time to heal. He is hoping he'll get the green light against the 0-4 Lions.

"He was close to being ready (last Sunday) – As a matter of fact he practiced and I thought he looked pretty good out there," General manager Steve Keim said via Arizona Sports. "But I think he feels pretty good and he's excited and ready to go. Hopefully he'll have a good week of preparation and we'll see him out there against Detroit."

Ellington injured his PCL in Arizona's season-opening triumph over the Saints. Since then, veteran Chris Johnson has done a fine job as the starter, rushing for 110 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3 and adding 83 yards on 16 carries in Sunday's setback to the Rams.

Expect Johnson to get the start again against Detroit.

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Arizona Cardinals Look to Bounce Back After Tough Loss to St. Louis

October 7th, 2015 at 5:05 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals are not used to losing games like they did on Sunday – a 24-22 setback to St. Louis – because they would always seem to make the big play when they needed to.

Last Sunday was different though.

“Those types of games we have won for two years,” head coach Bruce Arians said via the team's website. “It’s the first one we’ve lost like that and it’s a little hard to swallow.”

Missed opportunities in the red zone and several key turnovers were the difference but on the bright side, the Red Birds are 3-1 and lead the NFC West by one game over the Seahawks and Rams.

With that being said, it would have been nice to be undefeated heading into upcoming road games against Detroit and Pittsburgh.

“We’re not one of those kinds of teams that need to be humbled,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald stated. “But it’s the NFL. I’ve been in it for a while. You’re always to get served some humble pie. It’s just how it happens in this business. Personally or as a team, it just happens that way. Good teams are able to be resilient.”

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Red Zone Offense Woes Hurt Arizona Cardinals in Loss to Rams

October 6th, 2015 at 5:08 AM
By Steve Smith

It doesn't take long to find out one of the main reasons why the Arizona Cardinals dropped a 24-22 decision to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, their first loss in four games this season.

How about settling for five field goals and going just one for five in the red zone?

Yeah, that's it.

“I don’t know. I can’t really answer that question,” tight end Darren Fells said via “It’s a lot of things that we just didn’t finish. The biggest thing was that we didn’t finish. We shot ourselves in the foot. I think that’s the biggest thing. We didn’t finish blocks up front, and then too many dropped balls.”

Considering the fact that the Red Birds were 11-for-12 in red zone opportunities entering Sunday's clash says a lot about Arizona's struggles against the 2-2 Rams.

“The margin of error is a lot less down there, so you have to be precise in terms of your depths and angles,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “Your timing has to be perfect, especially against a fast-flow defense like that. We just didn’t have that (Sunday).”

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Arizona Cardinals Report Card Vs. St. Louis Rams

October 5th, 2015 at 5:04 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season yesterday, a hard-fought 24-22 setback to the St. Louis Rams in a NFC West tilt in Glendale. The Red Birds dipped to 3-1 while the Rams improved to 2-2 with a huge road victory.

Let's take a look at Arizona's report card. We've seen better.


The Cards recorded just one touchdown, a 23-yard pass from Carson Palmer to rookie David Johnson late in the fourth quarter. The Rams dialed up the pressure on Palmer most of the day, recording four sacks and causing two turnovers.

Arizona racked up 26 first downs and 447 net yards but were just 2-of-11 on third downs (18 percent). Too often the Cardinals did not complete drives and had to settle for field goals (five in fact).

Chris Johnson ran hard for 83 yards on 16 carries while ageless Larry Fitzgerald paced the club with seven receptions for 99 yards. He did cough up a fumble though which killed a drive.


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