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Cardinals RE Calais Campbell will have sports hernia surgery during the first week of February.

The injury clearly isn't bothering Campbell too much as he played through it during the season and will participate in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Campbell, arguably the game's finest 3-4 end this side of J.J. Watt, will be ready by camp. Sports hernia surgeries usually come with a 6-10 week recovery timetable.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 12:14 PM

Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer (ACL, meniscus) is "ahead of schedule," and should be ready for June's mandatory minicamp.

Arians even said he "wouldn't put it past" Palmer to be ready for OTAs, but that's pure fantasy for a 35-year-old quarterback who just tore up his knee in November. Teams and players are often wildly optimistic about injury timelines in January before getting a more realistic picture in the spring. For now, we'll consider Palmer likely to be ready for training camp.
Jan 20 - 6:17 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes impending free agent CB Antonio Cromartie could return to the Jets.

Cromartie played under new Jets coach Todd Bowles in Arizona last season and called him a "great hire" in a recent interview. With the Jets secondary in shambles, a reunion may make sense for both sides. Cromartie had 13 interceptions across four seasons with the Jets from 2010-13.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 12:04 PM

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill believes Larry Fitzgerald will be back with the team in 2015.

"I’m sure we’ll get it worked out," Bidwill said. "We’ve had a couple of conversations that I think were productive so we’ll continue those discussions." There is almost zero chance Arizona keeps Fitzgerald at his current $23.6 million cap hit, so those productive conversations likely centered around a pay cut for the 31-year-old wideout. After appearing resolutely opposed to a pay cut during the season, Fitzgerald has softened his stance in recent weeks. If a deal is to be done, it will have to be before Fitz's $8 million roster bonus comes due in March.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 10:23 AM

XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki is "hearing" Cardinals DBs coach Nick Rapone is the favorite to replace Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator.

Per Jurecki, OLBs coach James Bettcher is also a candidate. It jibes with the Arizona Republic's Tuesday report that the Cards were likely to promote from within to replace Bowles. Whoever gets the call could be guided along by ex-Steelers DC Dick LeBeau, who appears poised to join Bruce Arians as a "senior assistant."
Jan 15 - 7:44 PM

Andre Ellington (sports-hernia surgery, foot) has resumed running.

It's further proof that Ellington will avoid foot surgery. Barring setbacks, he should be a full participant in Arizona's offseason program. It's nice to see Ellington getting back to full health, but he'll be a candidate to break down again next season if the Cardinals ride him the way they did in 2014. Ellington's 5-foot-9, 199-pound frame appears ill-suited to the monstrous workloads coach Bruce Arians insisted he handle.
Jan 15 - 1:57 PM

AZCentral's Kent Somers reports the Cardinals would like to promote their next defensive coordinator from within the organization.

Somers threw out OLB coach James Bettcher, CB coach Kevin Ross and DB coach Nick Rapone as names that could be considered. Somers also mentioned coach Bruce Arians is interested in bringing in former Steelers DC Dick LeBeau as a "senior assistant" to help the new defensive coordinator. Whoever lands the job in Arizona will have big shoes to fill. Former coordinator and new Jets coach Todd Bowles led a top-ten scoring defense in both his years at the helm.
Jan 14 - 9:55 PM

Larry Fitzgerald acknowledged Tuesday that his contract needs to be addressed.

Appearing on ESPN's NFL Live, Fitz was somewhat evasive when asked if he expected to remain with the Cardinals for 2015, but hinted at a willingness to redo his deal. Everyone and their mother knows that Fitz's $16.25 million salary and $23.6 million cap number for 2015 are untenable. FOX Sports Arizona recently reported there's been "positive movement" in talks, but it's possible the sides won't get serious until shortly before Fitz's $8 million roster bonus comes due in March.
Jan 13 - 5:33 PM

Ex-Rams and Cardinals QB Kurt Warner is among this year's 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Joining Warner are ex-teammate Orlando Pace, and the late Junior Seau. The remaining 12 finalists are Jerome Bettis, Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Marvin Harrison, Will Shields, Morten Andersen, Tim Brown, Terrell Davis, John Lynch, coach Don Coryell, coach Tony Dungy and coach Jimmy Johnson. Only five will be selected from this year's crop. Warner is seeking to become the first quarterback since Warren Moon and Troy Aikman in 2006 to get the call to Canton. In our opinion, the NFL inducts far too few players into its Hall-of-Fame.
Jan 8 - 9:46 PM

FOX Sports Arizona reports there has been "positive movement in both parties" regarding Larry Fitzgerald's future in Arizona.

There's a zero percent chance the Cardinals bring Fitz back at his current $16.25 million salary and $23.6 million cap number, and he appears to recognize the reality of the situation. The question is how much of a pay cut he is willing to take. An alpha No. 1 receiver for 11 seasons, Fitz could balk at potentially having to cut his salary in half, if not more. The sides have two months to figure things out, as Fitz is due an $8 million roster bonus in March.
Jan 6 - 6:43 PM

Cardinals signed RB Zach Bauman, OT Tavon Rooks, WR Travis Harvey, CB Jimmy Legree, T Kelvin Palmer, WR Ryan Spadola, CB Ross Weaver, T Tavon Rooks and CB Darren Woodard to reserve/future contracts.

Nine of these players are returning from Arizona's practice squad, while Rooks spent the 2014 regular season with the Saints' practice squad.
Jan 5 - 5:17 PM

Cardinals WR Jaron Brown will avoid surgery on his fractured shoulder blade.

The hope is he'll be ready for OTAs, and he'll most certainly be back before 2015 training camp. 25-year-old Brown spent 2014 as Arizona's No. 4 receiver, securing 22 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. If Larry Fitzgerald moves on, Brown would become the favorite for third receiver duties in 2015.
Jan 5 - 2:55 PM

Drew Stanton said he doesn't need any further surgery on his knee.

Stanton was forced into nine starts this season, going 132-of-240 (55.0%) for 1,711 yards (7.12 YPA) with seven touchdowns, five interceptions and a 78.7 passer rating. He rode Todd Bowles' defense to a 6-3 record. A serviceable backup lacking an ability to carry a team, Stanton will likely return as Carson Palmer's clipboard holder in 2015. He's under contract for $2.45M in salary.
Jan 5 - 8:52 AM

Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper (wrist) will be ready for the offseason program.

The No. 7 pick of the 2013 draft, Cooper will enter his third NFL season having appeared in just 10 games, starting two. He missed his entire rookie year with a broken leg, and was slowed in 2014 by toe and wrist issues. "Coop’s just been bad luck," coach Bruce Arians said. "He was starting to play pretty solid. He should be able to get back into this offseason the healthiest he’s been." Cooper will be given every opportunity to earn a starting job next season, but it's far from a given that he nails one down.
Jan 4 - 2:45 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said suspended ILB Daryl Washington has "protocols" to pass before he's reinstated, but acknowledged he'd "love" to have Washington back with the team.

Washington has had myriad off-field issues recently. He received a one-year ban for multiple failed drug tests and has yet to even face discipline from his alleged assault of his child's mother, whom Washington allegedly choked. The Cardinals could use Washington with ILB Larry Foote likely to retire.
Jan 4 - 12:53 PM


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