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Warner Over Leinart in Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals have picked Kurt Warner over Matt Leinart as their starting quarterback. Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced the decision today. Warner was the starter for most of last season, when Leinart was hurt, and outplayed Leinart in the preseason....

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Warner to Start Cards' Preseason Finale

Coach Ken Whisenhunt hasn't named the Arizona Cardinals' starting quarterback for the regular season, denying a report that he'd chosen Kurt Warner over Matt Leinart. But Warner has outplayed Leinart, who's coming off a three-interception performance in the Cardinals' last preseason game, and Whisenhunt may have provided a big...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 09:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Saying QB Job Still Up For Grabs

Coach Ken Whisenhunt this week denied an ESPN report that the team had decided to go with Kurt Warner as its starting quarterback over Matt Leinart. However, it might just be an issue of timing. Leinart is coming off a 4-for-12, three interception passing performance in his last preseason...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Warner Over Leinart in Arizona?

There is growing speculation that the Arizona Cardinals will go with Kurt Warner as their starter at quarterback over Matt Leinart, who threw three interceptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. Leinart completed only 4 of 12 passes for 24 yards against the Raiders and had a...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 07:09 PM ET | Comments (46)

Leinart Seemingly Staying Just Ahead of Warner in Cards' QB Race

Matt Leinart continues to maintain a hold, but perhaps a tenuous one, on the starting quarterback job in Arizona. Leinart is to start Saturday's preseason game at Oakland. But Kurt Warner also is to receive first-half playing time. The Cardinals seem to regard Leinart as their designated starter while...

 

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

A. Boldin Vs. Cardinals

There is big trouble, perhaps along the lines of Terrell Owens vs. the Eagles, brewing in Arizona because of wide receiver Anquan Boldin's unhappiness over his contract with the Cardinals. It all started when the Cardinals signed fellow wideout Larry Fitzgerald to a four-year, $40 million deal in the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Warner Could Start Cardinals' Second Preseason Game

The Arizona Cardinals are considering giving Kurt Warner the start at quarterback in Saturday's preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Matt Leinart is said to remain the Cardinals' starter but Coach Ken Whisenhunt has indicated he wants to make certain that Warner gets some exhibition-season playing time with...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ankle Injury of Cardinals Rookie Cornerback Not Serious

The ankle injury suffered by Arizona Cardinals rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in practice Tuesday is not thought to be serious. The Cardinals are calling the injury merely a sprain and they are not expecting the first-round draft pick to miss significant time....

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 08:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Prized Rookie Cornerback Hurt in Cardinals' Practice

The Arizona Cardinals are awaiting word on the severity of an ankle injury suffered during a practice Tuesday by rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a first-round draft pick. Cromartie was taken from the field on a cart, and Coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters the Cardinals would know more today....

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

B. Moore to Cardinals

Linebacker Brandon Moore, released by the San Francisco 49ers, agreed to a contract with the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers released Moore on Sunday before signing linebacker Takeo Spikes. Former 49ers defensive coordinator Billy Davis now is the Cardinals' linebackers coach....

 

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 08:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

MRI For A. Boldin

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today on his sore right hamstring. Boldin has missed five straight days of practices....

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals, Rookie Cornerback Agree

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has agreed to a contract with the Arizona Cardinals. He was the 16th overall selection in the NFL draft....

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 07:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Reach Deal With Second-Round Pick

The Arizona Cardinals signed rookie defensive end Calais Campbell, a second-round draft pick in April. The Cardinals' only unsigned draft choice is first-round selection Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a cornerback picked 16th overall....

 

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Fitzgerald Agrees to New Contract to Remain in Arizona

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has agreed to a new four-year, $40 million contract that will keep him with the Arizona Cardinals and free salary cap space for the team. Fitzgerald announced the agreement on his Web site and indicated that the deal contains $30 million in guaranteed money. Escalator...

 

By Mark Maske | March 11, 2008; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Fitzgerald Reportedly Could Be Eagles' Latest Target

The Philadelphia Eagles, on the heels of paying big money to add free agent cornerback Asante Samuel, tried but failed to lure Randy Moss from the New England Patriots. The free agent wideout re-signed with the Patriots after reportedly being offered more money by the Eagles. Now the Eagles'...

 

By Mark Maske | March 8, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (4)

Titans Lose Three

The Tennessee Titans lost three free agents, including defensive ends Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy. Odom agreed to a five-year, $29.5 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals that includes $11.5 million in guaranteed money. LaBoy agreed to a five-year, $22 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals that includes $7.5...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2008; 10:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Tag Dansby

The Arizona Cardinals placed their franchise player tag on linebacker Karlos Dansby. He would have a salary of $8.065 million next season if he remains the Cardinals' franchise player. He is the second player league-wide to receive the franchise player tag this offseason, following Philadelphia Eagles tight end L.J....

 

By Mark Maske | February 14, 2008; 08:30 PM ET | Comments (92)

Dolphins Coaching Candidate Drops Out

Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley withdrew from consideration for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching vacancy. The Dolphins requested and received permission from the Cardinals to interview Haley. But they also moved to keep Haley by negotiating a new three-year contract with him, and Haley declined to interview with...

 

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2008; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Moving Practices to Arizona

The Chargers canceled their practice today because of the wildfires raging in San Diego County. They're scheduled to travel to Phoenix on Tuesday and practice at the Arizona Cardinals' facility in Tempe the remainder of the week. The Cardinals have a bye this week. Representatives of the Chargers and...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2007; 09:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Could K. Warner Actually Play Sunday?

If mentioning the possibility of quarterback Kurt Warner playing Sunday at FedEx Field is a ruse by the Arizona Cardinals, they're going all-out with it. Perhaps Warner actually will play, after all. Warner found an acceptable brace for his injured left elbow and participated in practice for a second...

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Warner Leaving Open Possibility of Playing Against Redskins

Perhaps it is only a ploy to try to keep the Washington Redskins guessing, but injured quarterback Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals are saying they're not ruling out Warner playing Sunday at FedEx Field. Warner suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow during last Sunday's loss to...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2007; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

MRI Shows Torn Ligament But K. Warner Reportedly Won't Have to Undergo Surgery

An MRI exam showed that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has a torn ligament in his left elbow but a team spokesman told the Associated Press that Warner won't have to undergo surgery. It remains unclear how long Warner will be sidelined. The injury, suffered during last weekend's loss...

 

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 09:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Sign T. Hasselbeck

The Arizona Cardinals, as expected, signed quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. He likely will back up new starter Tim Rattay with Kurt Warner sidelined by an elbow injury....

 

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 07:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rattay Likely to Become Cardinals' Third Different Starting Quarterback in Three Weeks

The Arizona Cardinals likely will have their third different starting quarterback in three weeks when they face the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field. First it was Matt Leinart, who had his season ended by a broken collarbone. Then it was Kurt Warner, who had been sharing playing...

 

By Mark Maske | October 15, 2007; 07:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Place Leinart on Injured Reserve, Sign Rattay to Back Up Warner

The Arizona Cardinals placed quarterback Matt Leinart on the injured reserve list, ending his season, and signed Tim Rattay to back up new starter Kurt Warner. Leinart had been the Cardinals' starter until suffering a broken collarbone during Sunday's victory over the St. Louis Rams. Warner had been playing...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 05:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cardinals, Panthers in Quarterback Market

The Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers are in the quarterback market this week, searching for veteran backups to play behind newly elevated starters. The Arizona Republic reported that Vinny Testaverde and Tim Rattay were scheduled to work out for the Cardinals today. The Cardinals want a backup for Kurt...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 03:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Turn to Warner

The Arizona Cardinals' job-sharing plan at quarterback is over. Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner had been splitting duties in recent weeks. But Leinart suffered a fractured left collarbone during Sunday's triumph over the St. Louis Rams and is to be sidelined indefinitely, leaving Warner to take over as the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Whisenhunt Plans to Continue Rotating Cardinals' Quarterbacks

Arizona Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt plans to continue alternating quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner. Warner has had great success in recent weeks coming off the bench to run the Cardinals' no-huddle offense, and the club evened its record at 2-2 with Sunday's triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers. "It's...

 

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leinart Keeping Cardinals' Starting Job Despite Warner's No-Huddle Success

Ken Whisenhunt, the first-year coach of the Arizona Cardinals, said after Sunday's loss in Baltimore that he's sticking with Matt Leinart as his starting quarterback. Veteran Kurt Warner replaced an ineffective Leinart and completed 15 of 20 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Cardinals to 20...

 

By Mark Maske | September 24, 2007; 02:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Exhibition Opener Might Have Cost Cardinals Two Starters For Entire Season

The Arizona Cardinals might have lost two starters to season-ending injuries in Saturday's defeat to the Oakland Raiders in their exhibition opener. Offensive tackle Oliver Ross reportedly suffered a torn triceps and linebacker Chike Okeafor reportedly suffered a torn biceps. According to reports, both players are expected to seek...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Complete Deal With Draft's Fifth Pick

The Arizona Cardinals reached a contract agreement tonight with offensive tackle Levi Brown, the fifth player chosen in the NFL draft in April. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the six-year deal includes about $18.5 million in guaranteed money. It has a maximum value of $62 million,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Making Progress, But Not There Yet

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Arizona Cardinals Coaching Change Fired: Dennis Green Hired: Ken Whisenhunt Players Released: None Free Agents Lost: Leonard Davis, T/G Fred Wakefield, DE John Navarre, QB Alex Stepanovich, C Chris Liwienski, G David Macklin, CB Free Agents Re-Signed: Marcel Shipp, RB Hanik Milligan, S Monty Beisel, LB...

 

By Mark Maske | May 3, 2007; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (4)

M. Gandy to Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent offensive lineman Mike Gandy to a three-year contract. Gandy was a starter for the Buffalo Bills last season, splitting his time between left guard and left tackle....

 

By Mark Maske | April 3, 2007; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dallas, Indianapolis, Phoenix Vying for 2011 Super Bowl

Dallas, Indianapolis and Phoenix submitted bids to host the 2011 Super Bowl. The Cowboys and Colts have new stadiums in the works. The Cardinals' new stadium near Phoenix is hosting next year's Super Bowl. The site for the 2011 game is expected to be selected at an owners' meeting...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

Cardinals Add T. Smith

Free agent fullback Terrelle Smith agreed to a contract with the Arizona Cardinals. He'd been released by the Cleveland Browns. The Cardinals also re-signed free agent defensive lineman Chris Cooper....

 

By Mark Maske | March 23, 2007; 07:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Fire R. Anderson After Arrest

The Arizona Cardinals fired Richie Anderson as their wide receivers coach. The former NFL running back was arrested last week for solicitation of prostitution, and Coach Ken Whisenhunt made the decision after speaking to Anderson over the weekend....

 

By Mark Maske | March 13, 2007; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Hood to Cardinals

Free agent cornerback Rod Hood agreed to a five-year, $15 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. He leaves the Philadelphia Eagles, for whom he was a part-time starter this past season....

 

By Mark Maske | March 11, 2007; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Add T. Holt at Safety

The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent safety Terrence Holt, formerly of the Detroit Lions. Holt signed a five-year, $15 million deal that includes $4 million in guaranteed money....

 

By Mark Maske | March 8, 2007; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Sign A. Johnson

The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent center Al Johnson, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys. Johnson was a former starter in Dallas but was beaten out for the job at center last season by Andre Gurode. The Cowboys and Cardinals swapped free agent offensive linemen in recent days, with guard...

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Haley Agrees to Become Cardinals' Offensive Coordinator

Todd Haley, the Dallas Cowboys' wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, has agreed to become the offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals. He is reunited in Arizona with recently hired Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. The two once worked together on the coaching staff of the New York Jets....

 

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2007; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grimm Lands in Arizona

Russ Grimm, passed over for the head coaching job in Pittsburgh, was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as their offensive line coach. He rejoins fellow former Steelers assistant Ken Whisenhunt, the Cardinals' recently hired head coach....

 

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (6)

Cardinals Hire Whisenhunt

A second head coaching vacancy in the NFL was filled Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals hired Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt replaces the fired Dennis Green and takes over a team that has had one winning season since 1984. The Cardinals interviewed eight candidates and had two...

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 12:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Whisenhunt Getting Second Interview With Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are bringing in Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt for a second interview for their head coaching job Friday. The club began its second round of interviews with a meeting with Houston Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman, the former coach of the Green Bay Packers,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Begin Second Round of Interviews With Sherman

The Arizona Cardinals are having back former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman, now the assistant head coach of the Houston Texans, for a second interview for their vacant head coaching job today. It's not clear yet which other candidates will get second interviews with the club. In the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Might Make Coaching Choice Soon

The Arizona Cardinals might be ready to make a head coaching choice soon. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm became the eighth candidate interviewed by the Cardinals. Club officials also have interviewed their own defensive coordinator, Clancy Pendergast, as well as Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

Sherman Up Next for Busy Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are to interview Houston Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman, the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers, for their coaching vacancy today. The Cardinals interviewed Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera on Wednesday in Chicago. They're scheduled to interview Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cardinals to Interview Rivera Today

The Arizona Cardinals are to begin their head coaching search by interviewing Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera today in Chicago. The Cardinals, who fired Dennis Green as their coach on Monday, also have scheduled interviews with Houston Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman on Thursday and Indianapolis Colts assistant...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Have Preliminary List of Six Candidates

The Arizona Cardinals have a preliminary list of six candidates for their now-vacant head coaching job and plan to interview former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman, now an assistant with the Houston Texans, on Thursday. The Cardinals' other candidates at this point are Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm...

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green Fired

The Arizona Cardinals fired their coach, Dennis Green, today on the heels of a 5-11 season. Green went 16-32 in three seasons with the Cardinals and was fired with one season remaining on a four-year, $10 million contract. He reached the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons during his...

 

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2007; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Warner Starting This Week, Says He Plans to Play Next Season

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner told reporters today that he intends to play next season. Warner had indicated earlier in the season that he might retire. He lost the Cardinals' starting job to rookie Matt Leinart but has two seasons remaining on his contract in Arizona. Warner is to...

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 09:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cards' Berry Done for Season

The Arizona Cardinals have lost defensive end Bertrand Berry for the remainder of the season. He suffered a torn triceps muscle during Sunday's triumph over the Detroit Lions. Berry has a team-leading six sacks....

 

By Mark Maske | November 21, 2006; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (4)

Cardinals Honoring Tillman This Weekend

The Arizona Cardinals plan to induct late safety Pat Tillman into their ring of honor during Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Tillman was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 after leaving behind his NFL career to join the U.S. Army Rangers. The Cardinals also plan to unveil a statue...

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fitzgerald Poised to Return to Cards' Lineup

The Arizona Cardinals likely will have wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Fitzgerald has missed three games because of a hamstring injury but practiced Wednesday....

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Sign LB Hayes to Five-Year Extension

The Arizona Cardinals signed middle linebacker Gerald Hayes to a five-year, $21 million contract extension. The deal includes about $7 million in guaranteed money. He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency after this season. Hayes is the team's leading tackler and has been one of the few...

 

By Mark Maske | November 7, 2006; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Say They Won't Make Coaching Change During the Season

The Arizona Cardinals are on a seven-game losing streak and on their bye week, a combination that perhaps could have led to the firing of Coach Dennis Green. But team vice president Michael Bidwill said in a written statement released by the club Monday that Green won't be fired...

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

D. Green Says Changes Made to Cardinals' Offensive Line

Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green told reporters Wednesday that he'd decided to make changes along the club's offensive line but he refused to say what those changes would be. Now if he only could manage to have his team play its games but keep the results secret, he'd be...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leinart Excused from Cardinals' Practice

Rookie quarterback Matt Leinart was excused from the Arizona Cardinals' practice today to be on hand for the birth of his son in California....

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Brass Unhappy About Results

Michael Bidwill, the vice president of the Arizona Cardinals, called Coach Dennis Green and VP of football operations Rod Graves on the carpet after Sunday's loss to the previously winless Oakland Raiders. Bidwill demanded answers for the Cardinals' 1-6 start after spending big money in the offseason to land...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Offensive Coordinators Taking the Fall

Offensive coordinators are the scapegoats for struggling teams this season. Baltimore Ravens Coach Brian Billick fired his friend, Jim Fassel, on Tuesday after the Ravens' second straight loss Sunday. Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green ousted Keith Rowen on the heels of the club's Monday night meltdown against the Chicago...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green Ousts Offensive Coordinator

Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green fired his offensive coordinator today on the heels of Monday night's come-from-ahead loss to the Chicago Bears. Green ousted Keith Rowen and promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Kruczek to replace him. Rowen might remain on Green's coaching staff in another capacity. "I've known Keith for...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Now Lucky As Well As Good

It may be better to be lucky than good. But it's best of all to be lucky AND good, and that's the combination the Chicago Bears have working for them right now. The Bears, after winning their first five games by an average margin of 24 points, remained unbeaten...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

A. Rolle Fined $12,500

The league fined Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle $12,500 for his facemask tackle of Kansas City Chiefs tailback Larry Johnson last weekend. Rolle pulled down Johnson by his facemask at the end of a 78-yard catch and run and was assessed a personal foul. Johnson hurt his neck on...

 

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 02:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cards DT Dockett Gets Five-Year Extension

The Arizona Cardinals signed defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to a five-year contract extension. He would have been a restricted free agent after the season....

 

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green Doing His Best to Remain Hopeful as Cardinals' Season Spirals Downward Again

LAKE FOREST, Ill.--Earlier this season, Dennis Green acknowledged that he wondered at times whether he ever will get things turned around with the Arizona Cardinals. On Thursday, though, Green did his best to be more hopeful during a conference call with Chicago-area reporters. "We just haven't gotten over the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Say They're Taking Leinart, Cardinals Seriously

LAKE FOREST, Ill.--The Chicago Bears have an unbeaten record and perhaps the league's best defense, and they'll face a rookie quarterback on Monday night in Arizona when they play Matt Leinart and the Cardinals. But Bears defenders said here Thursday that Leinart, after spending most of his college career...

 

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cardinals Lose WR Fitzgerald to Hamstring Injury

The Arizona Cardinals will be without wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for two to five weeks because of a slightly torn hamstring muscle. Fitzgerald was hurt during Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cardinals' fourth straight defeat. The Cardinals also could be without guard Milford Brown and defensive...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 08:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leinart Readying for First Start

Rookie quarterback Matt Leinart is readying for his first NFL start this week for the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Dennis Green is turning to Leinart after error-prone veteran Kurt Warner directed the club to three losses in its first four games of the season. Leinart went 37-2 during his collegiate...

 

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 06:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals to Play at University of Phoenix Stadium

The Arizona Cardinals' new home in Glendale, Ariz., will be called the University of Phoenix Stadium. The name was unveiled today as part of a 20-year, $154.5 million naming-rights deal....

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2006; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Green Announces Warner, Not Leinart, Is His Starter This Week

Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green announced today that he's sticking with Kurt Warner as the team's starting quarterback. Warner has fumbled eight times in three games this season. He threw three interceptions and lost a costly fumble in the closing minutes of last weekend's two-point loss at home to...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2006; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Reportedly Switching to Leinart

The Arizona Cardinals plan to switch to rookie Matt Leinart as their starting quarterback this week, ESPN reported tonight. Kurt Warner threw three interceptions in Sunday's two-point loss at home to the St. Louis Rams. He also lost a fumbled snap at the Rams 18-yard line with less than...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2006; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sims, Dockett Fined for Week 1 Hits

Detroit Lions rookie linebacker Ernie Sims was fined $7,500 for a Week 1 hit on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Sims drove his helmet into Hasselbeck after the quarterback slid to protect himself at the end of a run. Ray Anderson, the NFL's senior vice president of football operations,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2006; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

MRI Shows No Serious Damage to Leinart's Shoulder

Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green told reporters today that the MRI exam of rookie quarterback Matt Leinart's injured right shoulder showed no serious damage. Leinart, who's slated to back up Kurt Warner, possibly could be available if needed at the outset of the regular season....

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

MRI Today for Leinart

Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Matt Leinart is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today to determine the extent of the injury to his right (non-throwing) shoulder that he sustained during Thursday night's preseason finale against the Denver Broncos. The injury occurred on a third-quarter sack and initially was called...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leinart Scheduled to Play At Least A Quarter This Weekend

Rookie quarterback Matt Leinart only agreed to a contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday and joined the team Tuesday, but Coach Dennis Green announced today that Leinart is scheduled to play at least a quarter in Saturday's exhibition game against the New England Patriots. Starter Kurt Warner is...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2006; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals' Offer, Not Green's Tirade, Got Leinart to Camp

There has been some speculation in the aftermath of the Arizona Cardinals' signing of Matt Leinart that Coach Dennis Green's public rebuke of the rookie quarterback and his representatives Monday might have prompted Leinart to agree to his six-year deal that night. Please. Leinart's agent, Tom Condon, is as...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2006; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leinart Joins Cards, Set To Debut Saturday

Just-signed rookie quarterback Matt Leinart joined the Arizona Cardinals today. He is to make his exhibition-season debut Saturday against the New England Patriots. Leinart agreed to a six-year contract Monday worth as much as $51 million, becoming the final player drafted in April to agree to a deal....

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2006; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cards, Leinart Agree

The Arizona Cardinals agreed late Monday night to a six-year contract with quarterback Matt Leinart, the 10th overall choice in the NFL draft in April. The deal has a maximum overall value of just less than $51 million, including incentives and escalators, and contains about $14 million in guaranteed...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2006; 12:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green Impatient With Leinart Negotiations

Arizona Cardinals Coach Dennis Green sounded off today about rookie quarterback Matt Leinart's absence from training camp because of a contract dispute. "It would be a shame if Matt Leinart is still sitting out there as the only player in the National Football League who is not in the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2006; 09:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leinart, Cards Nearing Deal?

The Arizona Cardinals and agent Tom Condon are negotiating again about rookie quarterback Matt Leinart, hoping to complete a deal within the next day or two. Leinart is the last unsigned first-round draft pick league-wide....

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2006; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Leinart Contract Talks in Overtime

A person familiar with the contract negotiations between the Arizona Cardinals and rookie quarterback Matt Leinart said this morning that there has been an ongoing dialogue between the two sides and a deal perhaps could be struck by early next week. Leinart, the draft's 10th overall selection in April,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2006; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Make Forced Change at RT

The Arizona Cardinals likely will have Fred Wakefield take over at right tackle for the injured Oliver Ross. Ross hurt his right knee during a practice Wednesday and probably will be sidelined at least three weeks because of a possible torn meniscus....

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2006; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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