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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 some time 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

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer rushed five times for 10 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's second preseason game.

He's only at 17 yards on nine carries through two preseason games, but it's notable that Dwyer ran ahead of Stepfan Taylor in this game, and vultured an early goal-line score from Andre Ellington. Coach Bruce Arians figures to pull Ellington in deep scoring position this year in favor of either Dwyer or Taylor. Taylor worked ahead of Dwyer in Arizona's preseason opener.
Aug 16 - 10:39 PM

Cardinals signed ILB Desmond Bishop, formerly of the Vikings.

He's their latest inside linebacker flier after Ernie Sims predictably didn't pan out. Bishop, 30, is several years removed from his prime, but is a more natural fit at ILB in Arizona's 3-4 than Sims ever possibly could have been.
Aug 14 - 11:01 AM

Cardinals OLB John Abraham reported to training camp on Thursday.

Abraham wasn't at camp to this point because he was in rehab, per XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki. He was arrested on June 29 for DUI. Abraham remained a highly effective pass rusher in 2013 -- he tallied 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles -- but turned 36 in May. The Cardinals would be quite lucky to get 80 percent of Abraham's production this year. They also lost ILB Daryl Washington to a year-long suspension, and ILB Karlos Dansby in free agency.
Aug 14 - 10:48 AM

NFL writer Dan Pompei reports second-year LG Jonathan Cooper "has a ways to go," and could be "beaten out" by Earl Watford for the starting job.

Coach Bruce Arians expressed disappointment in Cooper last week. He's been slow to recover from last year's broken leg and has also battled knee and toe issues this summer. Watford was a fourth-round pick last year but didn't play a single snap as a rookie. Paul Fanaika has a stranglehold on the right guard job. The interior of Arizona's offensive line may be a problem area.
Aug 13 - 3:03 PM

NFL writer Dan Pompei reports that some people inside the Cardinals organization believe Michael Floyd is "in for a big year" and will be Arizona's No. 1 wide receiver this season.

Larry Fitzgerald will turn 31 later this month, and is clearly on the down side of his career. He's still going to rack up a ton of catches and touchdowns in Bruce Arians' pass-happy attack out of the slot, but the transition to Floyd began last season when the sophomore posted a 65-1,041-5 line and started all 16 games. Floyd's now a locked-in WR2. Fitzgerald has a $23.6 million cap number next season and may be entering his final year in the desert. Floyd and rookie John Brown may be the future at receiver in Arizona -- as soon as next season.
Aug 13 - 2:52 PM


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