Bud Light Kicks Off NFL Season With New Cardinals Cans

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Just in time for NFL Kick-Off, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is bringing a new Cardinals Bud Light can to Arizona. The new packaging features Cardinals colors, as well as a slogan every Arizona fan can relate to: The perfect beer for protecting the nest.

Bud Light worked closely with its NFL team partners to create new can designs for the 28 teams that it is partners with for the 2015-2016 season. Each design features a customized scroll message that speaks directly to each team’s passionate fan base. The cans are on shelves now.

What do you think of the new Bud Light Cardinals can?

WR Floyd Talks for the First Time About Gruesome Hand Injury

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Cardinals WR Michael Floyd spoke today for the first time since his awful hand injury, and he told reporters that he was shocked about the injury from the moment he saw his hand.

When Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd took his glove off his left hand last Wednesday following a bad fall, fingers were going left and right, there were missing parts, and “things not in the right place.”

Some of his teammates thought the injury was “gnarly” after seeing a photo of it.

“It was just shocking to see once I took my glove off and realized what was under there,” he said.

Speaking for the first time since his gruesome injury, Floyd deflected questions about a timetable for his return, just saying he’s taking it “day to day” and he hopes he doesn’t miss any games.

Cardinals Hire Jen Welter a Training Camp Assistant Coach

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The Cardinals have opened new doors today for females when it comes to coaching in the NFL, as today the team announced they have hired Jen Welter as a training camp/preseason intern coaching inside linebackers.

Here’s the story from their site:

During the owners meetings in March at the Arizona Biltmore, someone asked Bruce Arians about the possibility of female coaches in the NFL.

“The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired,” Arians said, noting that’s all any player ever really wants.

It was soon after that Arians heard from the coach of the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League, who told Arians the Revolution already had a female on its staff that would be worth a look. Monday, Arians brought in Jen Welter – the one-time collegiate rugby player who played 14 seasons of pro football, mostly in the Women’s Football Alliance – as a training camp/preseason intern coaching inside linebackers. Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL.

“Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” Arians said Monday. “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’ I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”

DB Tyrann Mathieu Sits in a Hot Car to Support PETA

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Cardinals defensive back Tyrann ‘Honey Badger’ Mathieu wants pet owners to understand the ramifications of leaving their dog in the car on a hot summer day, Isaac Chipps of USA Today reports.

In a video released by PETA, Mathieu sat in a hot car to prove how dangerous it can be to leave dogs inside of motor vehicles.

“This is ultimately what it feels like to be a dog trapped inside of a car on a hot day,” he said. “If you’re going to make a dog a part of your family, then make him a part of your family. Don’t treat him like you wouldn’t treat someone you cared about or someone you loved.”

Mathieu lasted just eight minutes before he needed to get out of the car – where the temperature inside the car reached 120 degrees.

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Cardinals QB Carson Palmer Joins Facebook with Memorable Photo

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Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer turns 36 in December, but it’s never too late to join the world of social media, Andrew Joseph of the Arizona Republic reports.

Palmer will use Facebook and Instagram to share updates with fans this season. He’s off to a pretty good start.

His first post was a Photoshopped version of the poster for Fox’s “The Last Man on Earth.” The photo has Palmer’s face with a beard that would make Andrew Luck jealous along with the title, “The Last Man on Social.”

Palmer’s post read:

“Better late than never! Excited to share the journey with you guys this year. ?#?BirdGang? ?#?LastManOnSocial?”

Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu talks offseason with ESPN

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QB Palmer Returns to Take 11-on-11 Drills for the First Time

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Carson Palmer is cleared and ready for his first live 11-on-11 action of the offseason, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

The Cardinals’ veteran quarterback said he’ll take his first 11-on-11 snaps against a live defense during Tuesday’s minicamp.

“I’m ready. I’m excited. I’m 100 percent. I’m cleared,” Palmer told ESPN. “I can do everything. I’ve tested out. Gotten stronger every week, every month, just ready to get going.”

Palmer said he “actually was cleared weeks ago” but was held out of 11-on-11 drills by forces beyond his control.

“It has nothing to do with me,” he said.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was cautious with Palmer during three weeks of organized team activities, sitting the 35-year-old during 11-on-11 drills that featured a blitzing Cardinals defense.

Arians justified his decision by saying he didn’t trust the rookies to be careful around Palmer’s reconstructed left knee. Palmer tore his left ACL in Week 10 last season.

Toward the end of OTAs, Palmer began practicing in 11-on-11 situations against a defense that didn’t rush him.

But Palmer said he’s not worried about a rookie being overly aggressive and accidentally taking him out because “it’s a tough team to make and guys are doing what they can.”

He said he understands they’re most likely not thinking about his knee.

“That’s life,” Palmer said. “That’s the job. I don’t think much about it.

“I feel great,” he said. “I probably never worked this hard in my life and I’ve always worked hard. I feel as fast as I’ve ever been, as quick as I’ve ever been, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been just because I’ve been going since late November. So, I feel great. Just looking forward to tomorrow.”

Cardinals Claim Former Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard Off Waivers

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The Cardinals received cornerback Alfonzo Dennard from the Patriots on Wednesday on a waiver claim, the Associated Press reports.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Dennard made 20 starts and played in 29 games in three seasons with New England, finishing with 92 tackles, five interceptions, 17 passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Last season, he had 15 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in six games — four starts — before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 27 because of a hamstring problem.

Dennard was drafted 224th overall in 2012 out of Nebraska.

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