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Changes could be coming to Cardinals’ lines

Changes could be coming to Cardinals’ lines

profootballtalk.com Updated Nov 14, 2012
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 Atl
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  • NFC West: Injury situations that matter

    NFC West: Injury situations that matter

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    Arizona 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…
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  • 101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show

    101ESPN St. Louis audio: Miklasz Show

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    Bernie 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…
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  • Where NFC West stands in Pro Bowl voting

    Where NFC West stands in Pro Bowl voting

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    A 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…
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  • Packers’ Ryan Taylor says $21,000 fine nearly killed him

    Packers’ Ryan Taylor says $21,000 fine nearly killed him

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Packers 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 fine
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  • Alex Smith cleared for non-contact work

    Alex Smith cleared for non-contact work

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Whether 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 …
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  • Source: 49ers QB Smith in line to start Monday

    Source: 49ers QB Smith in line to start Monday

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    49ers 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.
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  • Catch up with Danny Amendola during PFT on NBC Sports Network

    Catch up with Danny Amendola during PFT on NBC Sports Network

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    Rams 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 a
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  • Inside Slant: Fourth-and-aggressive, please

    Inside Slant: Fourth-and-aggressive, please

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Clay Matthews ruled out for Sunday

    Clay Matthews ruled out for Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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 in
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  • You called it: Fearless predictions (Week 11)

    You called it: Fearless predictions (Week 11)

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    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…
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  • Big Ben officially ruled out

    Big Ben officially ruled out

    CNNSI.com Nov 14, 2012
    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers will be playing for first place in the AFC North without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
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  • Akers, Davis pay for 49ers' improvement?

    Akers, Davis pay for 49ers' improvement?

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    The 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 …
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  • Richard Sherman is the NFC defensive player of the week

    Richard Sherman is the NFC defensive player of the week

    Optimus 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 Jet
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  • Mike Sando's MVP Watch

    Mike Sando's MVP Watch

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    Running 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 …
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  • Hekker, Rice, Tate make trick passes pay off

    Hekker, Rice, Tate make trick passes pay off

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    A 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.…
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  • Around the NFC West: Long stepped up

    Around the NFC West: Long stepped up

    ESPN.com Nov 14, 2012
    Chris 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…
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  • Whisenhunt prepared to make changes to Cardinals lineup

    Whisenhunt prepared to make changes to Cardinals lineup

    profootballtalk.com Nov 14, 2012
    A 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…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Giants Look To Regain Momentum 02:18

    NFL32OT: Giants Look To Regain Momentum

    Nov 14
    Episode 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.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Jets-Rams 01:00

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Jets-Rams

    Nov 14
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for the New York Jets at St. Louis
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Cardinals-Falcons 00:46

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Cardinals-Falcons

    Nov 14
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Arizona at Atlanta
  • Video - Blogger Blitz: Week 12 Showdown 01:26

    Blogger Blitz: Week 12 Showdown

    Nov 14
    NFC West blogger Mike Sando looks at the implications of the week 12 matchup between the Cardinals and Rams

Sports Columnists

  • Clayton mailbag: Backup QBs under microscope

    Nov 14
    With 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.