Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he is sticking with K Chandler Catanzaro.

"No, I’m not concerned about [Catanzaro] and extra points so don’t worry. Don’t even give that question," Arians said. The second-year kicker missed two extra points in the team's final exhibition game and has missed 3-of-8 field goal attempts this preseason. He converted 29-of-33 his rookie year, however, including a 14-for-14 start. He should bounce back in the regular season.
Source: ESPN
Sep 4 - 6:05 PM

Cardinals acquired QB Matt Barkley from the Eagles in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

The "condition" is Philadelphia gets a seventh-round pick if Barkley is on Arizona's roster for six games this year. The Cardinals' interest in Barkley has been rumored since he came out of USC, but Arizona brass didn't deem Barkley worthy of a day-two draft pick at that time. He went 98th overall to Philadelphia in 2013 and has since disappointed in preseason games. Barkley was probably going to get cut by the Eagles, perhaps in favor of Tim Tebow. In Arizona, weak-armed and barely-mobile Barkley will likely open the season on the third string behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. The Barkley trade bodes poorly for Logan Thomas' chances of making the Cardinals' 53.
Sep 4 - 3:56 PM

FOX's Jay Glazer reports the Cardinals are "working on" a trade for Eagles No. 3 QB Matt Barkley.

It's a nod to Carson Palmer's fragility, and shows a (deserved) lack of faith in backup Drew Stanton. Of course, Barkley would hardly upgrade on Stanton. If he's desert bound, it would almost certainly be for a sixth- or seventh-round pick. Barkley's arrival would spell the end of Logan Thomas' roster spot. His departure from Philly could also mean a place on the 53-man roster for Tim Tebow.
Sep 4 - 3:51 PM

The Cardinals have yet to rule Michael Floyd (dislocated fingers) out for Week 1.

The test will be what Floyd can do in practice next Wednesday. If he's catching passes without issue, he'll be ready to rock against the Saints.
Sep 4 - 2:51 PM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon recorded three tackles in his preseason debut.

He played into the second half. Weatherspoon missed all of 2014 with an Achilles injury and sat out the first three preseason games with a hamstring injury. He made several stops in the running game and held up Kapri Bibbs so a teammate could strip the ball in the first quarter, though the play was eventually called back on review. If he can stay healthy, Weatherspoon will be a big addition to the Cardinals' defense, but staying healthy has always been the problem.
Sep 3 - 10:33 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 45 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards in the Cardinals' fourth preseason game.

He ripped off several chain-moving runs against the Broncos' second- and third-team defenses, showing nice cutback vision and acceleration. Johnson put a move on a defender and gained 10 yards on a swing pass early in the game, and busted through the line on a draw play to pick up 16 yards on a 3rd-and-11. Johnson should be expected to look good against second-team talent, but his acceleration appeared to be intact after an offseason away from football. Johnson should put pressure on Andre Ellington and David Johnson for snaps.
Sep 3 - 10:22 PM

Cardinals' team reporter Jody Jackson said Michael Floyd's (dislocated fingers) status for Week 1 is still "up in the air."

Floyd started catching soft passes this week, but Jackson said no one from the organization has said they expect Floyd to play. With just 10 days until the season opener, Floyd has yet to return to live drills. We will not have a great feel for Floyd's status until the Cardinals publish an official practice report next week, but right now he appears to be questionable at best for Week 1.
Sep 3 - 10:20 PM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon is expected to play in the fourth preseason game.

It will be Weatherspoon's debut with the Cardinals and first game action since Week 15 of 2013. A standout when healthy, Arizona needs Weatherspoon to be a rock in their otherwise underwhelming linebacking corps. Weatherspoon has played all 16 games just once in his five-year career.
Sep 3 - 9:59 AM

Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale.

Gresham will miss the entire preseason recovering from back surgery and a hamstring issue. With Troy Niklas also sidelined, Darren Fells is locked in as Arizona’s Week 1 starter.
Sep 2 - 7:25 PM

Free agent ILB Larry Foote has officially decided to retire and has been hired as the Cardinals' ILBs coach.

Foote was "50-50" on playing earlier this offseason and took a temp gig as the Cardinals' ILBs coach. He'll now be the full-time coach. He turned 35 in June and was running on fumes last season across 15 starts for Arizona.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 3:07 PM

The Cardinals plan to give Chris Johnson "10 to 12 touches" in their preseason finale Thursday night.

This may be Johnson's audition for a roster spot after he missed Arizona's last exhibition game with a hamstring injury. Andre Ellington and David Johnson are healthy, and the latter in particular has shown well in August.
Sep 1 - 5:44 PM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon (hamstring) has resumed practicing.

He'll play in Thursday's preseason finale after missing the first three exhibition contests. The Cardinals need Weatherspoon to play important snaps this season, but he has one of the longest injury histories in football. His odds of making it 16 games are slim.
Sep 1 - 4:35 PM

Michael Floyd (dislocated fingers) was catching "soft passes" on Tuesday.

The piece of progress comes six days after coach Bruce Arians said he was "optimistic" Floyd would be ready for the opener. "I think my hand is doing what I want it to do," Floyd said. "I’m a fast healer, thank God." Still, we might not get a strong feel for Floyd's Week 1 status until the Cards get in an official practice next week.
Sep 1 - 2:45 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Cardinals RB Chris Johnson (hamstring) will play in Thursday's preseason finale.

Coach Bruce Arians later confirmed the news. It's a sign Johnson's roster spot is far from assured. Johnson has barely practiced since signing two weeks ago, and Bruce Arians isn't the kind of coach who makes moves on faith. CJ has to show something to crack Arizona's running back corps.
Sep 1 - 1:12 PM

Eagles QB Matt Barkley will start the team's fourth preseason game.

This suggests Barkley is ahead of Tim Tebow in the battle for the third quarterback spot, but coach Chip Kelly may think Tebow's versatility makes him more valuable. Barkley could help his trade value with a good showing.
Sep 1 - 10:49 AM


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