49ers At Cardinals Thursday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
  Wednesday CB Tramaine Brock (toe), T Anthony Davis (hamstring), TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee), C Marcus Martin (knee), TE Vance McDonald (knee), DE Justin Smith (not injury related)
  Wednesday T Joe Staley (knee)
  Wednesday RB Carlos Hyde (calf)
Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
  Wednesday LB John Abraham (concussion), RB Jonathan Dwyer (not injury related), RB Andre Ellington (foot), LB Alex Okafor (thigh), DT Frostee Rucker (calf)
  Wednesday LB Larry Foote (shoulder), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), P Dave Zastudil (left groin)
  Wednesday LB Kevin Minter (quadricep), C Lyle Sendlein (ankle)

Cardinals at Giants NFL Week Two Inactives

Arizona - LB Marcus Benard, LB Glenn Carson, TE Darren Fells, LB Alex Okafor, QB Carson Palmer, DE Frostee Rucker, P Dave Zastudil

NY Giants – WR Odell Beckham Jr., OT James Brewer, OT Charles Brown, LB Devon Kennard, DT Markus Kuhn, G Adam Snyder, DE Kerry Wynn

Cardinals Make Odd Signing – Bring In RB Rainey to Practice Squad

Chris Rainey

The Cardinals today made a splash with signing a name player with a sorted past to their practice squad.

That player is former Steelers and Colts RB Chris Rainey. He was twice kicked off football teams over allegations of domestic violence.

Rainey was a fifth-round pick of the Steelers back in 2012, and was gone right after his rookie season after he was cut by the Steelers after being slapping his girlfriend. He later pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct in connection with that incident.

He went to the Colts this offseason, but was cut last month for disciplinary reasons.

Rainey also was kicked off Florida back in 2010 after being arrested on a felony charge of aggravated stalking after allegedly sending threatening text messages to a woman he had been dating. He later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stalking charge.

It seems like an odd signing for the Cardinals, but at the same time the club must feel an urge to get a RB on the roster, and they are willing to take a chance with Rainey.

Video: NFL Week One Preview – San Diego Chargers At Arizona

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 1 matchup between the San Diego Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals.

Chargers At Cardinals NFL Week One Capsule



STREAKS Past 3; 7 of past 9  
COACHES VS. OPP. McCoy: 0-0 Arians: 0-0
LAST GAME 10/3/10: Cardinals 10 at Chargers 41. San Diego QB Philip Rivers throws for 241 yards & 2 TDs. Chargers TE Antonio Gates catches 7 passes for 144 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/22/02: Chargers 23, Cardinals 15. San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson runs for 91 yards & 2 TDs. Chargers LB Donnie Edwards adds 20-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST ESPN (7:20 PM MST): Chris Berman, Trent Dilfer, Lindsay Czarniak (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (SD), 93 (Arz.). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (SD), 225 (Arz.).

2013 STATS

PASSING Rivers: 378-544-4,478-32 (3C)-11-105.5 (2C) Palmer: 362-572-4,274-24-22-83.9
RUSHING Mathews: 285-1,255-4.4-6 Ellington: 118-652-5.5-3
RECEIVING Gates (TE): 77-872-11.3-4 Fitzgerald: 82-954-11.6-10
OFFENSE 393.3 (2C) 346.4
DEFENSE 366.5 317.4
SACKS Liuget: 5.5 Abraham: 11.5
INTs Gilchrist, Weddle: 2 R. Johnson, Peterson: 3
PUNTING Scifres: 43.2 Zastudil: 45.7
KICKING Novak: 144 (3L) (42/42 PAT; 34/37 FG) Catanzaro (R) (Pre.): 25 (4/4 PAT; 7/7 FG)


CHARGERS: Since 2006, QB PHILIP RIVERS has 32,221 pass yards, 2nd most in NFL (DREW BREES, 38,733). In 2 career starts vs. Az., Rivers is 2-0 & has completed 34 of 44 passes (77.3 pct.) with 472 yards & 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 132 rating…RB RYAN MATHEWS has 100+ rush yards in 3 of past 4.Led AFC with 534 rush yards in Dec. of 2013. In last meeting, rushed for 55 yards on 9 att. (6.1 avg.) & scored 1st career TD…TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 2nd in TDs (87) & 4th in rec. yards (9,193) all-time among TEs. In 2 career meetings, has 200 rec. yards & 3 TDs. In 2013, WR KEENAN ALLEN (AP Offensive ROY) led NFL rookies in catches (71), rec. yards (1,046) & TD rec. (8). In past 4 vs. NFC, WR MALCOM FLOYD is averaging 17.3 yards per catch (18 rec., 312 yards)…Since 2011, S ERIC WEDDLE has 12 INTs, tied for most in AFC (JAIRUS BYRD)…CARDINALS: Won 7 of final 9 games in 2013…QB CARSON PALMER passed for 4,274 yards & 24 TDs last year. Is only player in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards with 3 teams (Cin, Oak, Az). In 6 career starts vs. SD, has completed 148 of 212 (69.8 pct.) for 2,036 yards with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 116.4 rating…RB ANDRE ELLINGTON had 1,023 scrimmage yards (652 rush, 371 rec.) as rookie in 2013. Averaged 5.53 yards per carry last year, highest in NFL (min. 100 att.)…Pro Bowl WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 149 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 96 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). Is 1 of 13 players in NFL history (& only active) with 11,000+ rec. yards (11,367) & 85+ rec. TDs (87). WR MICHAEL FLOYD had 1st career 1,000-yard season last year (1,041)…Since 2011, CB-PR PATRICK PETERSON is only player with 10+ INTs (12) & 3+ PR-TDs (4). Named to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 3 seasons. CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE has 28 INTs since 2007, 5th most in NFL. Played 1st 4 seasons with SD (2006-09). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had career-high 9 sacks last year. Has 6+ sacks in each of past 5 seasons. LB JOHN ABRAHAM is active leader with 133.5 sacks & 48 FFs.

Daryl Washington’s Suspension for Violating Subtance Abuse Policy

St Louis Rams v Arizona Cardinals

Suspended Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, the same reason Washington was suspended last year, and unrelated to Washington’s recent plea bargain for an assault charge, Darren Urban of the Cardinals Website reports. The suspension begins immediately.

“It’s completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “We all know what the consequences are and will deal with them. From a personal standpoint, our hope is that this suspension will give Daryl the opportunity to accept the necessary help and guidance to get his life back on track and we will certainly support him however we can.

“As it pertains to our team, our approach is the same as it’s always been: next man up. We talk a lot about how critical depth is to a team because situations always arise where you lose players, whether by injury or other circumstances such as this one. One player’s absence is another’s opportunity. That approach has served us well in the past and we will rely on it now.”

Washington missed the first four games of the 2013 season also after violating the substance abuse policy. He returned to help anchor what became the sixth-ranked defense in the NFL, and the top rushing defense.

Arizona Cardinals 2014 Schedule Released – Open Monday Night


Previewing the 2014 Arizona Cardinals Schedule Release

The Arizona Cardinals had a rough 2013 season, but not in the sense some losing teams did – they finished 10-6 and still didn’t make the playoffs. It was still a moderate success for rookie head coach Bruce Arians, and he and his Cardinals will walk into 2014 knowing they can compete in a tough NFC West division.


To do more than just compete, though, Arizona will need to become a better team on the road, where they were just an average 4-4 a year ago. That won’t be easy against the likes of the Cowboys, Giants, Falcons, Broncos and Raiders – not to mention all three road games within the division.


The Arizona Cardinals schedule at home really isn’t a walk in the park, either, as they get to take on the Eagles, Redskins, Lions, Chiefs and Chargers. While they were a solid 6-2 on their own field in 2013, the Cards may need to be even better at defending their own turf to take the next step in 2014.


For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

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