Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens had to leave Tuesday’s OTA when he wasn’t feeling well, Darren Urban of Azcardinals.com reports. Turned out he had a defect in his aorta that needed surgery. Kitchens is doing well this morning.
Here is the team’s official statement:
“During Tuesday’s practice Freddie Kitchens began to feel ill – dizzy, light-headed – and was sent to the training room. After being evaluated by the team’s medical staff it was determined that he should be taken to the hospital for more evaluation and testing. During that process, a CT scan revealed a defect to his aorta that required surgery, which he had Tuesday night at the Arizona Heart Institute. According to the doctors who performed the surgery, it went very well and the early prognosis is positive. The Kitchens family is grateful to everyone who has and continues to extend their support, well wishes and prayers.”
Kitchens has been on staff since 2007 and was the tight ends coach before moving to coach quarterbacks when Bruce Arians arrived. The one-time quarterback at Alabama was coached by Arians for a season with the Crimson Tide. While Kitchens recovers, the Cardinals have assistant head coach/offense Tom Moore who can work with the quarterbacks.
Carson Palmer is thrilled with being an Cardinal and with his new coaching staff, Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports reports.
“I love the head coach,” Palmer said of Arians, a longtime offensive assistant who stunningly earned coach of the year honors after an impressive fill-in stint for the ailing Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis last season. “I mean, I love the head coach. He keeps it real. He already has this team wrapped around his finger. And we have some talented players in this locker room.”
“He’s always honest,” Palmer says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Larry [Fitzgerald], myself or a seventh-round backup long snapper. He’s in everybody’s stuff. He’s not a coddler And you just can’t help but respect him. There’s no ego whatsoever. And he’s a guy who’s got Super Bowl rings.”
“Just playing against him for all those years, I knew he was tough,” Arians says. “The injury was unfortunate – I don’t know if we’d have beat him had he played that whole game, and we went on to win the Super Bowl. He’s as pretty a deep-ball thrower as I’ve ever seen, and he has a way of making a rapport with his receivers.
“[The last two years] he handled a situation very similar to the one I had [last year] in Indianapolis, with injuries and death and all the crazy things that happened in Oakland. When he became available, I thought he was the perfect fit for us.”
New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Cardinals fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Patrick Peteroson to also become THE face of the Cards.
The contest, which is live atwww.speakwithyourcap.comor through New Era’s Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Cards faithfuls tosubmit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.
Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault Friday in Ahwatukee Foothills, the Arizona Republic reports.
Phoenix police began investigating Washington after the mother of his child called police Wednesday afternoon saying she was assaulted by Washington earlier in the day, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
The woman told police that Washington pushed her with two hands, causing her to fall and break her right collar bone, according to court documents.
Washington is also suspected of grabbing the woman’s neck and pushed her against an upper-story railing, according to the documents.
Washington’s agent, Jordan Woy, told Republic reporter Kent Somers that “Daryl is fully cooperating with authorities” and said he would have no further comment at this time.
Washington, a Pro Bowl inside linebacker, was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
The Cardinals Thursday pulled off a deal with the Chiefs. The Cards traded fullback Anthony Sherman to KC, while they get cornerback Javier Arenas back to the Cardinals.
Sherman was a fifth-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2011, and appeared in 28 games in the regular season. He had just one carry for three yards, but caught 13 passes for 111 yards.
For now the Cardinals don’t have a fullback on the roster.
As for Arenas, he was a draft choice for the Chiefs in the second-round of the 2010 draft out of Alabama. Last season he had 53 solo tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games played. He also logged 204 yards in kickoff returns and 297 yards in punt returns on special teams.