Cardinals at Seahawks Wednesday NFL Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday WR John Brown (hamstring), WR Brittan Golden (groin), CB Jerraud Powers (hamstring), C Lyle Sendlein (shoulder)
  Wednesday TE Darren Fells (shoulder), WR Larry Fitzgerald (ankle), LB Alex Okafor (calf)
Practice Report
  Wednesday Practice Not Complete

Cardinals vs Browns NFL Week 8 Inactives

Cardinals inactives: QB Matt Barkley, LB Shaq Riddick, LB Alex Okafor, T D.J. Humphries, G Earl Watford, TE Darren Fells, NT Xavier Williams

Browns inactives: Austin Davis, WR Andrew Hawkins, CB Jordan Poyer, DB Don Jones, LB Jayson DiManche, TE Rob Housler, TE E.J. Bibbs

NFL Week Eight Preview – Arizona at Cleveland

Arizona Cardinals v Pittsburgh Steelers

The Arizona Cardinals head east for the second time in three weeks Sunday as they take on the struggling Cleveland Browns at First Energy Stadium looking for their 6th win of the season.

The Cards were winners on Monday night at home over the now 1-6 Baltimore Ravens, and will look to take care of the Browns, who have won just twice this season against five losses.

One huge stat that jumps out in this game is how the Browns plan on stopping Cards running back Chris Johnson.

After finishing with 122 and a touchdown in Monday’s win, Johnson is second to Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman (621) with 567 rushing yards. He also leads the NFL among backs with at least 80 attempts at 5.1 yards per carry.

The Browns are 32nd in the NFL in run defense, allowing over 150 yards per game on the ground. They gave up yards in chunks last week to Rams rookie Todd Gurley in a 24-6 loss in St.Louis.

Carson Palmer is well aware of playing the Browns, as he did it for a number of years as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cards are 6th in the league passing the ball at 281 yards per game.

The Browns don’t know for sure who will be under center on Sunday, as Josh McCown was beaten up badly in St.Louis, and the team may have to got to backup Johnny Manziel for this showdown with a good Cards D.

Browns coach Mike Pettine has said that McCown will play if he’s healthy.

”That’s a credit to his toughness, his resolve,” Pettine said of McCown after he was beat up badly last week.

”But we have to know that we have to protect this guy. You can’t have your quarterback go through a game like that.”

If the Browns are going to have a shot against the Cardinals, they need to shore up their defense, which is one of the worst in the league and has allowed 24 points per game.

If Arizona can get into the 20’s in terms of points, it’s almost a for sure they will leave Cleveland with a win.


Consider that the Browns are facing an Arizona defense that ranks seventh at 223.7 passing yards allowed per game, leads the NFL with 14 interceptions and has returned three for scores.

Too much going right for the Cards right now, and the Browns season of disaster will continue with another home loss.

Arizona 27 Cleveland 10

Arizona – Carson Palmer 276 yards 2 TDs, Chris Johnson 145 yards rushing 1 TD, Larry Fitzgerald 108 yards receiving 1 TD
Cleveland – Johnny Manziel 125 yards 1 TD rushing, Duke Johnson Jr. 57 yards rushing, Gary Barnidge 41 yards receiving

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Cardinals vs Browns Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday WR John Brown (hamstring), TE Darren Fells (shoulder), WR Brittan Golden (groin), LB Alex Okafor (calf), CB Jerraud Powers (hamstring), DT Frostee Rucker (quadricep), C Lyle Sendlein (ankle)
  Wednesday CB Justin Bethel (foot), S Deone Bucannon (elbow), LB Dwight Freeney (finger)
Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Andrew Hawkins (concussion), TE Rob Housler (hamstring), RB Duke Johnson (not injury related), QB Josh McCown (right shoulder, ribs), S Jordan Poyer (shoulder), DE Randy Starks (not injury related), T Joe Thomas (not injury related)
  Wednesday S Tashaun Gipson (ankle), CB Joe Haden (concussion, finger), LB Craig Robertson (ankle)
  Wednesday RB Isaiah Crowell (ribs), DE John Hughes (knee), QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow), WR Marlon Moore (hamstring), CB K’Waun Williams (hamstring)

Cardinals at Browns NFL Week Eight Capsule



STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bruce Arians: 0-0 Mike Pettine: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 26-18 vs. Ravens L 6-24 at Rams
LAST GAME 12/18/11: Browns 17 at Cardinals 20 (OT). Arizona K Jay Feely kicks GW 22-yard FG in OT. Cardinals QB John Skelton passes for 313 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/03: Browns 44, Cardinals 6. Cleveland defense forces 5 TOs (2 FFs & 3 INTs). Browns RB James Jackson rushes for 2 TDs & WR André Davis adds 117 rec. yards & TD.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Matt Smith?, Chris Cooley, Danielle Trotta (field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 132 (Ari.), 126 (Cle.). XM: 228 (Cle.).


PASSING Palmer: 145-222-2012 (1C)-16 (T1L)-5-108.9 (2C) McCown: 147-220-1686-8-3-96.1
RUSHING C. Johnson: 111-567 (2L)-5.1-3 Crowell: 81-281-3.5-1
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 46 (2C)-622 (2C)-13.5-6 (T1L) Benjamin: 35-575-16.4-4
OFFENSE 406.9 (1C) 364.1
TAKE/GIVE +5 (2C) -6
DEFENSE 321.1 (3C) 393.1
SACKS Okafor, Rucker: 2 A. Bryant: 3.5
INTs R. Johnson: 3 (T2C) Dansby: 2
PUNTING Butler: 40.3 Lee: 48.8 (3L)
KICKING Catanzaro: 59 (3C) (26/28 PAT; 11/13 FG) Coons: 53 (11/11 PAT; 14/14 FG)


CARDINALS: QB CARSON PALMER has won 18 of past 22 starts. Is 2nd in NFC with 108.9 rating. Has won 9 of 13 starts vs. Cle…RB CHRIS JOHNSON rushed for 122 yards & TD last week, his 3rd 100-yard game in 2015. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 meetings (118.5 per game). RB-KR DAVID JOHNSON leads NFL rookies with 6 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec. 1 KR)…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 177 consecutive games, incl. playoffs. Since entering NFL in 2004, has 104 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs), most in NFL. In past 3, WR JOHN BROWN has 18 catches for 334 yards (111.3 per game) & 2 TDs. WR MICHAEL FLOYD aims for 3rd in row with TD…Lead NFL with 12 INTs & 4 players have 2+ INTs: S RASHAD JOHNSON (3), S TONY JEFFERSON (2), S TYRANN MATHIEU (2) & CB PATRICK PETERSON (2). Johnson is only NFL player with 2+ INT game in each of past 3 seasons. Since 2011, Peterson is only player in NFL with 15+ INTs (17) & 5+ return TDs (5). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had FR in last meeting…BROWNS: QB JOSH MC COWN was drafted by Az in 3rd round of 2002 NFL Draft & spent 4 seasons with Cardinals (2002-05). Has 2 TDs in 4 of past 5…RB ISAIAH CROWELL (888) needs 112 yards to reach 1,000 career. Rookie RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. led team with 7 catches for 73 yards last week. Ranks 2nd amongst AFC RBs with 31 catches. RB ROBERT TURBIN made 1 of 3 career starts vs. Az (12/21/14 with Sea.)…WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN has 12 career TDs (9 rec, 3 PR) & averages 45.1 yards per score. TE GARY BARNIDGE had team-high 101 rec. yards last week on 6 catches, joining HOFer OZZIE NEWSOME, KELLEN WINSLOW & MILT MORIN as only Browns TEs with 3+ 100-yard games in season. In past 5, has 29 catches for 459 yards & 5 TDs…LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 53 tackles. Since 2004, is only NFL player with 40+ sacks (41) & 15+ INTs (18). Spent 6 seasons with Az (2004-09). Last week, DT RANDY STARKS had 1st sack since joining Browns.

TMZ: Cardinals RB Chris Johnson Playing with Bullet in Shoulder


TMZ reports that Cardinals running back Chris Johnson has been playing this year with a bullet in his shoulder after a drive-by shooting in March.

Here’s the story:

AZ Cardinals running back Chris Johnson was so determined to revive his NFL career — he hit the gym like a maniac this off-season … even with a bullet still lodged in his shoulder.

We spoke with Jay Glazer — who trained CJ2K’s at his Unbreakable Performance Center in L.A. over the summer … and says he was SHOCKED when Johnson approached him to work out after being hit in a drive-by shooting back in March.

As we previously reported, Johnson was struck in the arm in the attack — and the driver of the car was killed.

But even with the injury, Glazer says Johnson refused to give up — pushing himself harder than most professional athletes who walk through the door.

Ravens at Cardinals NFL Week Seven Capsule



MON. RECORD 10-9 7-15-1
STREAKS Past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 1-0 Bruce Arians: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 25-20 at 49ers L 25-13 at Steelers
LAST GAME 10/30/11: Cardinals 27 at Ravens 30. Baltimore RB Ray Rice rushes for 63 yards & 3 TDs & adds 7 receptions for 36 yards. Ravens WR Anquan Boldin has 7 catches for 145 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/12/03: Ravens 26, Cardinals 18. Baltimore CB Chris McAlister has 2 INTs, including 83-yard INT-TD. Ravens RB Jamal Lewis has 131 rushing yards.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST ESPN (6:30 PM MT): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Kurt Warner, Mark Malone (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Bal.), 93 (Ari.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Bal.), 226 (Ari.).


PASSING Flacco: 154-247-1605-8-7-80.1 Palmer: 125-193-1737 (2C)-14 (2C)-5-106.9 (2C)
RUSHING Forsett: 104-457 (2C)-4.4-1 C. Johnson: 93-445 (3C)-4.8-2
RECEIVING Smith, Sr.: 36-510-14.2-3 Fitzgerald: 43 (2C)-583 (2C)-13.6-6 (T1L)
OFFENSE 369.5 405.7 (2C)
DEFENSE 380.7 328.7 (3C)
SACKS Guy: 3 Okafor: 2
INTs J. Smith: 2 R. Johnson: 3 (T2C)
PUNTING Koch: 49.4 (1C) Butler: 39.2
KICKING Tucker: 53 (3C) (14/14 PAT; 13/16 FG) Catanzaro: 51 (T3C) (24/25 PAT; 9/10 FG)


RAVENS: In past 5 on MNF, QB JOE FLACCO has 4-1 record with 1,136 pass yards & 6 TDs vs. 1 INT for 93.5 rating. Passed for 336 yards in only career meeting…In only career MNF start (11/24/14 vs. NO), RB JUSTIN FORSETT rushed for 182 yards on 22 att. (8.3 avg.) & 2 TDs. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards…In 9 career starts vs. Az., WR STEVE SMITH, SR. has 54 catches for 866 yards & 8 TDs, incl. 4 100-yard games. Smith (951) needs 2 catches to surpass ANDRE REED (951) & LARRY FITZGERALD (952) for No. 14 all-time…In last meeting (9/20/09 with Jax.), LB DARYL SMITH had 6 tackles & FF. Leads team with 55 tackles, incl. 9 tackles & sack vs. SF. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 4 sacks in past 3 on MNF…CARDINALS:  QB CARSON PALMER has won 17 of past 21 starts…RB CHRIS JOHNSON has 4 100-yard games in past 6 on MNF. RB ANDRE ELLINGTON has 358 scrimmage yards (119.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 vs. AFC. RB-KR DAVID JOHNSON leads NFL rookies with 6 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec. 1 KR)…WR JOHN BROWN had career-high 10 catches & 196 yards last week. WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 176 consecutive games, incl. playoffs. Since entering NFL in 2004, has 104 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs), most in NFL…Lead NFL with 11 INTs & have 3 players with 2+ INTs: S RASHAD JOHNSON (3), S TYRANN MATHIEU (2) & CB PATRICK PETERSON (2). Since 2011, Peterson is only player in NFL with 15+ INTs (17) & 5+ return TDs (5). Had 82-yard PR in last meeting. Johnson is only NFL player with 2+ INT game in each of past 3 seasons. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has sack in 2 of past 4 on MNF.

Cardinals Dominate For a Half; Fall Apart in Second Half in 25-13 Loss to Steelers

Arizona Cardinals v Pittsburgh Steelers

The Cardinals seemed to have everything well in hand Sunday afternoon in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, with Carson Palmer playing pitch and catch with wide outs, the run game doing well, and the defense dominating Mike Vick and the Steelers.

Then, just that fast, it all changed.

The Steelers using little known third string QB Landry Jones, who was the backup Sunday with Ben Roethlisberger on the shelf, entered the game for the injured Vick and went wild, throwing for 168 yards as the Steelers stunned the Cards 25-13.

The loss put Arizona at 4-2 on the season, this after they held the halftime advantage in yards 279-59, but led the game just 10-3.

Jones was the story, hitting on 8 of 12 passes with two scoring throws to Martavis Bryant, who finished the day with 137 yards and two scores.

”He played very well for a young guy to come in in that situation,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said of Jones. ”He won the football game.”

Palmer threw for 421 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. John Brown caught 10 balls for 196 yards but the Cardinals collapsed in the second half.

The Cards D was dominant against the Steelers in the first half, as they held Vick to just 3 of 8 passes for 6 yards before he was shoved out of the game in the third quarter with a right hamstring injury.

It was probably the worst thing that could have happened to the Cardinals, as it brought in Jones who never made a mistake.

”We were throwing the ball around the field,” Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said of the wasted first half.

”We felt just like eventually we were going to get down there and score and that was just the feeling you had. Unfortunately, that never happened.”

Fitzgerald finished with eight catches for 93 yards, but it was all a waste with how well Jones came in and played, much to the disgust of Cards fans everywhere.

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