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Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) has been cleared for 11-on-11 drills.

It's an important step for the Honey Badger in his quest to be ready for Week 1. The Cardinals are still going to err on the side of caution, but Mathieu has a legit shot at being ready for the opener.
Aug 21 - 5:44 PM

Cardinals signed DL Ryan McBean.

McBean, 30, was a fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 2007. He last played in 2011 with the Broncos. McBean spent 2012 on I.R. with a broken ankle for the Ravens before being out of the league in 2013. He's a roster long shot.
Aug 20 - 5:50 PM

Cardinals placed LE Darnell Dockett on injured reserve with a torn ACL, ending his season.

It was originally reported that Dockett tore both his ACL and MCL, but he only tore the ACL. Dockett will undergo surgery ASAP, as coach Bruce Arians wants his veteran presence on the sideline at games this season. The Cardinals have signed NT Isaac Sopoaga and DE Ryan McBean as defensive line insurance. Veteran Frostee Rucker and rookie Kareem Martin will fill the left end void.
Aug 20 - 5:48 PM

Cardinals signed NT Isaac Sopoaga.

Sopoaga, 33 next month, gets the call after the Cardinals lost LE Darnell Dockett to a torn ACL earlier this week and struck out on free agent DE Brett Keisel. It's an underwhelming signing after Sopoaga struggled badly for the Eagles and Patriots last season before getting released by New England in March. He'll vie for snaps at nose tackle behind Dan Williams, who may play some end.
Aug 20 - 5:02 PM

Free agent NT Isaac Sopoaga is visiting the Cardinals, and expected to sign.

Sopoaga is the next man up after the Cardinals struck out on Brett Keisel in their efforts to "replace" Darnell Dockett (ACL). Sopoaga appeared in 14 games between the Patriots and Eagles last season, struggling mightily for both teams. He wouldn't be a lock to crack the 53-man roster in Arizona.
Aug 19 - 6:17 PM

Cardinals activated NT Alameda Ta'amu (knee) from the active/PUP list.

Ta'amu is still less than eight months removed from tearing his ACL, and remains highly questionable for Week 1. The Cardinals obviously believe he'll be able to contribute sometime in the first six weeks, however. Ta'amu will be a reserve run stuffer once he gets back onto the field.
Aug 19 - 4:16 PM

Cardinals activated DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) from the active/PUP list.

As is the case with Rob Gronkowski, there is "some optimism" Mathieu will be ready for Week 1, but it's far from a guarantee. Nevertheless, the Honey Badger is now looking like a good bet to get on the field before October. His presence would be a huge boost for a defense that just lost LE Darnell Dockett for the season, and is looking far-less imposing on paper than a year ago.
Aug 19 - 4:15 PM

Cardinals LE Darnell Dockett suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Monday's practice and is done for the season.

It's a huge loss. Dockett, 33, isn't the same pass rusher he was years ago, but he was a key cog on Arizona's three-man line. Third-round rookie Kareem Martin projects to fill in for Dockett. Journeyman Frostee Rucker is another option. Having lost Dockett, Daryl Washington, and Karlos Dansby from last year's front seven, the Cards could field a legitimately bad defense in 2014.
Aug 18 - 8:53 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there's "some optimism" that Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) will play Week 1.

Mathieu will be activated from the PUP list Tuesday and begin practicing with the team. While Week 1 may be asking a lot of Mathieu, it certainly appears he'll be available to the Cardinals during the season's first month. The Cardinals are going to be careful with Mathieu, but they know they need him in the NFC West.
Aug 18 - 7:24 PM

Updating a previous item, Cardinals LE Darnell Dockett was carted off the field with a right knee injury at practice Monday.

He's headed for an MRI. Dockett had to be helped to the cart by teammate C Lyle Sendlein and couldn't put much weight on his leg. We'll provide an update once the Cardinals do. Dockett is a key cog in Arizona's run defense.
Aug 18 - 7:08 PM

Cardinals LE Darnell Dockett was carted off the practice field Monday with an apparent leg injury.

Dockett limped his way to the cart, so it may end up being nothing serious. The 33-year-old hasn't been the same disruptive player the past couple seasons, but is still a strong run defender. If Dockett were to miss any amount of time, third-round rookie Kareem Martin and veteran Frostee Rucker would fill in.
Aug 18 - 6:20 PM

Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians called Ted Larsen his starting left guard.

It's unclear how permanent the designation is, but it's just the Cardinals' latest show of frustration with second-year pro Jonathan Cooper. Cooper is battling a toe injury, and has struggled when on the field. A fifth-year pro, Larsen has made 31 career starts, four of which came with the Bucs last season. Left guard is a major trouble spot for Arizona.
Aug 18 - 2:13 PM

The Cardinals are considering holding out ILB Kevin Minter (pectoral) for the rest of the preseason.

Inside linebacker is a spot where the Cardinals can't afford any more issues. Karlos Dansby fled to the Browns as a free agent and Daryl Washington is suspended for the entire season. If rest doesn't fix Minter's pectoral, a last resort is going under the knife -- a procedure that often costs players 3-5 months. Raw special teamer Kenny Demens is behind Minter on the depth chart.
Aug 18 - 10:51 AM

Andre Ellington had a touchdown vultured by Jonathan Dwyer in Saturday night's preseason game against the Vikings.

Ellington started the game and played on the first eight snaps, getting three touches for 21 yards. On a 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line, he went up the gut and pushed the pile to the 1. Second down was an incomplete fade to Larry Fitzgerald. On third down, Ellington left the field for the first time all game and big back Dwyer easily waltzed into the end zone. It was a clear vulture. Still, Ellington continues to be used on third downs and as an inside runner, giving him an excellent shot at 300 touches.
Aug 17 - 10:43 PM

Cardinals WR Jaron Brown caught two passes for a team-high 86 yards in Saturday night's preseason game against the Vikings.

Brown has had a strong camp, drawing praise from coach Bruce Arians for his special teams prowess. He's now putting it together as a receiver. On Saturday, Brown out-jumped Vikings top CB Xavier Rhodes for a 35-yard catch. He beat Rhodes again for a 51-yard catch-and-run. Brown worked with the ones with Michael Floyd (groin) out. He has the edge for the No. 5 receiver spot.
Aug 17 - 12:21 PM


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