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Changes could be coming to Cardinals’ lines
The Arizona Cardinals emerge from the bye with a five-game losing streak, and some possible changes. Defensive end Calais Campbell, who has started 30 straight games, was absent from practice with a calf injury. If Campbell can’t play on Sunday at AtlUpvote Share Tweet
NFC West: Injury situations that matterArizona Cardinals: Running back Beanie Wells continues to practice in anticipation of his return from a toe injury for the Nov. 25 game against St. Louis. He will not play against the Atlanta Falcons this week. It's looking very likely that John Skelton…Upvote Share Tweet
101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz ShowBernie Miklasz and I focused solely on the St. Louis Rams during our weekly conversation on 101ESPN St. Louis. There was plenty to review following the Rams' 24-24 tie against San Francisco at Candlestick Park in Week 10. There is much to consider movin…Upvote Share TweetA few thoughts on where NFC West teams and players stand -- or do not stand -- in ongoing fan balloting for the Pro Bowl: The San Francisco 49ers have an NFC-high 17 players ranking among the top five in balloting at their positions. Green Bay (12), Chi…Upvote Share Tweet
Packers’ Ryan Taylor says $21,000 fine nearly killed himPackers tight end Ryan Taylor found out during the team’s bye week that he had been fined $21,000 for an illegal block during Green Bay’s game against the Cardinals. He was not pleased. In fact, Taylor said that when his agent informed him of the fineUpvote Share TweetWhether it was the first opinion, second opinion or one somewhere further down the line, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith got the clearance he needed on Wednesday. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Smith passed his first round of concussion tests and Cam …Upvote Share Tweet49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a concussion Sunday against the Rams, has passed concussion tests this week and is on track to start Monday night against the Bears, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetRams wide receiver Danny Amendola made up for some lost time on Sunday afternoon by catching 11 passes in his first game back after three weeks on the sideline with a collarbone injury. Now he’ll stop by Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network to talk aUpvote Share Tweet
Inside Slant: Fourth-and-aggressive, pleaseThe Arizona Cardinals, though struggling of late, have often been at their best on fourth down. The Cardinals rank first in win probability added and sixth in expected points added through fourth-down plays, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Fo…Upvote Share TweetThe Lions won’t have to worry about blocking Clay Matthews this Sunday. Packers coach Mike McCarthy ruled Matthews out for this weekend’s matchup with Detroit. Matthews hurt his hamstring in the team’s last game, a 31-17 win against the Cardinals inUpvote Share Tweet
You called it: Fearless predictions (Week 11)2008-12 You Called It Repeat Winners The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers combined for a 24-24 tie on Oct. 3, 1954. The franchises did it again Sunday, this time with the Rams representing St. Louis. The outcome marked the seventh time in Rams h…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Nov 14, 2012PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers will be playing for first place in the AFC North without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.Upvote Share TweetThe San Francisco 49ers have improved their offense through diversification. That was the plan when the team added receivers Randy Moss and Mario Manningham as free agents. There was also some expectation, since realized, that the 49ers' offensive line …Upvote Share TweetOptimus Prime needs to find a little room on his mantle. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been named the NFC defensive player of the week for his work in the team’s 28-7 win over the Jets. Sherman intercepted a pass on the goal line to kill a JetUpvote Share Tweet
Mike Sando's MVP WatchRunning backs Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch have become regulars on the MVP Watch list not only for the yards they gain, but also for how they gain them. Ranking 1-2 in rushing yardage sets them apart. The fact that they also lead the NFL in yards …Upvote Share Tweet
Hekker, Rice, Tate make trick passes pay offA rookie punter's arm could be the difference between 2-0-1 and 1-2-0 records for the St. Louis Rams in NFC West play. Johnny Hekker's scoring pass for the Rams against Seattle provided St. Louis with its only touchdown during a 19-13 victory in Week 4.…Upvote Share Tweet
Around the NFC West: Long stepped upChris Long's performance for the St. Louis Rams during their Week 10 tie against San Francisco bears revisiting. The fifth-year defensive end had been critical of his play against Green Bay a few weeks earlier. The Rams were going to need better from hi…Upvote Share Tweet
Whisenhunt prepared to make changes to Cardinals lineupA five game losing streak is an easy way to force a head coach to have to re-evaluate the state of his football team. After a surprising 4-0 start to the season, the Arizona Cardinals have lost their last five games and head coach Ken Whisenhunt is in s…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Giants Look To Regain MomentumNov 14Episode 223: New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford assesses where his team is this season and the challenges that are ahead. The NFL32 crew discuss which back up quarterback has the best chance to win.
Countdown Daily Prediction: Jets-RamsNov 14The NFL Live crew makes their picks for the New York Jets at St. Louis
Countdown Daily Prediction: Cardinals-FalconsNov 14The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Arizona at Atlanta
Blogger Blitz: Week 12 ShowdownNov 14NFC West blogger Mike Sando looks at the implications of the week 12 matchup between the Cardinals and Rams
Clayton mailbag: Backup QBs under microscopeNov 14With four starters being injured in Week 10, the state of the NFL's backup quarterback situation is about to come into focus, writes John Clayton.