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Stanton Diagnosed with Sprain, Will Not Require Surgery

Stanton Diagnosed with Sprain, Will Not Require Surgery

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals got some good news on Friday when it was announced that quarterback Drew Stanton suffered only a sprain of his knee in Thursday night's win over St. Louis. Stanton was injured in the third quarter of Arizona's 12-6 win and was eventually carted off the field.

"It's just going to be rest and rehab," said Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. "It's very good news that he's not going to need surgery."

There is no official timetable for Stanton's return, though Arians did not rule out a possible return this season. Stanton is the second quarterback being used this year after Carson Palmer tore his ACL earlier in the year.

Arizona (11-3) will host NFC West rival Seattle in Week 16 with a possible division crown at stake. If Stanton is unable to play, the Cardinals will most likely turn to third-year quarterback Ryan Lindley. The former San Diego State quarterback was 4-for-10 on Thursday with 30 passing yards in absence of Stanton.

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QB Drew Stanton Hurt in Cardinals 12-6 Win over the Rams

QB Drew Stanton Hurt in Cardinals 12-6 Win over the Rams

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The Arizona Cardinals now hold the best record in the NFL after their 12-6 win over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night, but it came at a price. Quarterback Drew Stanton had to leave the game with a right knee injury.

The Cardinals had to turn to Ryan Lindley to fill in for Stanton, who was filling in for the injured Carson Palmer. Lindley wound up completing 4 of 10 passes for 30 yards.

"[He's] been in this stadium and played against these guys," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said of Lindley. "And it was not a time to put Logan [Thomas] out there. He's going to be a good player someday, but he's not ready for this yet, and Ryan was more than ready and really liked his poise and confidence."

The team has used four quarterbacks this season despite their impressive record.

With both teams without their starting quarterbacks, neither team was able to score a touchdown.

Now at 11 wins, the Cardinals have tied their franchise record for most wins in a single season while the Rams clinched their 10th straight year without a winning season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Chicago Blackhawks 3 (20-8-1; 41pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (15-13-1; 31pts)

Buffalo Sabres 4 (11-16-2; 24pts) – Calgary Flames 3 (17-11-2; 36pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (10-13-5; 25pts) – New Jersey Devils 1 (11-14-5; 27pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (11-15-2; 24pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (13-10-5; 31pts) OT

Los Angeles Kings 5 (15-9-5; 35pts) – Ottawa Senators 3 (11-12-5; 27pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (19-8-3; 41pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (8-17-3; 19pts)

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Cardinals Place Andre Ellington on IR

Cardinals Place Andre Ellington on IR

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals have lost another offensive weapon.Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that running back Andre Ellington will have surgery Monday to repair a sports hernia. Ellington has been placed on the injured reserve.The news of Ellington's injury comes just weeks after the team lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer for the season with a torn ACL.Ellington played in 12 games this season, gaining 1,055 all-purpose yards while scoring five touchdowns.Second-year back Kerwynn Williams is expected to get the bulk of the carries with Ellington out.

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Cardinals Prepare for Seahawks

Cardinals Prepare for Seahawks

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals will travel to Seattle on Sunday with a big chip on their shoulder playing as the underdog under backup Drew Stanton.

Stanton led the Cardinals to a 14-6 win over the Lions last Sunday, but they won't be the favorite entering the 12th man at CenturyLink Field.

"I would've anticipated that," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. "Going up there, everybody's usually an underdog. It's another one of those things that we don't really need any extra motivation to go play them, especially at their place.

"They're the world champions. We're just 9-1. We haven't done s--- until we do something, but this is a big game."

Seattle is coming off a 24-20 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday and sits three games out of the NFC West behind Arizona.

"We know it's going to be difficult," Stanton said. "We're not trying to pretend that it's not, but at the same time, we have to stick with our keys and what we think we can do to be successful."

Arizona knocked off Seattle in Week 16 last year to hand them their first home loss.

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Carson Palmer Exits Cardinals Win with Injury

Carson Palmer Exits Cardinals Win with Injury

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals improved to an NFL-best 8-1 on the season with a 31-14 win over St. Louis on Sunday. However, team officials are fearful that quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a torn ACL in the fourth quarter and could be out for the rest of the year.

Arizona was trailing the 3 and 6 Rams 14-10 entering the fourth quarter, but were driving when Palmer went down. The 34-year-old was carted off the field after clutching the same left knee that was surgically repaired in 2006 after tearing his ACL and MCL in a playoff game against Pittsburgh.

"We don't know anything about Carson's injury or the length, whatever it is yet," coach Bruce Arians said. "He will be evaluated and get an MRI and everything and we will know something by tomorrow and hopefully by Tuesday."

With their leader sidelined, and the scoreboard not in their favor, the Cardinals turned to Drew Stanton and immediately took control. Stanton found Josh Brown on a 48-yard touchdown pass to take a 17-10 lead before the defense sealed the deal. Patrick Peterson picked off an Austin Davis pass and ran it back 30 yards before Antonio Cromartie recovered a fumble and scored, putting the game out of reach for St. Louis.

Davis threw two interceptions for the Rams, who were held to 244 total yards of offense. Prior to the injury, Palmer was 25-for-36 for 241 yards and an interception. 

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Arizona Cardinals Give Three Year Extension to Palmer

Arizona Cardinals Give Three Year Extension to Palmer

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed starting quarterback Carson Palmer to a three-year extension worth $50 million.

Palmer was set to become a free agent after this season and has won all five games he's played this year, after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

"Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team's success," general manager Steve Keim said. "When you combine his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to our team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and we are excited he felt the same way."

The Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Raiders in 2013 in a deal in which Arizona swapped its 2013 sixth round pick for Oakland's seventh rounder in the same draft. The Cardinals also surrendered a seventh rounder in the 2014 draft after Palmer started at least 13 games for the Cardinals in 2013.

Palmer has won 15 of his 21 starts for Arizona.

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Cardinals Defeat Cowboys 28-17

Cardinals Defeat Cowboys 28-17

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, TX) -- As Tony Romo sat out with an injured back, the Cowboys offense came to a grinding halt.

The Cardinals dominated the Cowboys on Sunday 28-17, as Romo's replacement, Brandon Weeden, provided little threat through the air. Dallas did not score their first offensive touchdown until there was almost one minute left in the game. Weeden finished 18-33 for 183 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Without much of a threat from the passing game, star running back DeMarco Murray could not find much of a groove, as he ran for only 79 yards -- his first game this season in which he did not surpass 100 yads on the ground.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was on point for most of the day. Outside of an early first-quarter pick-six by Cowboys defensive back Tyler Patmon, Palmer found his targets. He was 22-34 for 249 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cardinals are now 7-1 and are in sole possession of the best record in the NFC.

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Cardinals Fly High on Late Bomb

Cardinals Fly High on Late Bomb

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX, AZ) --  The Arizona Cardinals won in dramatic fashion, 24-20 over the Philadelphia Eagles.

For the majority of the game it was a defensive struggle.

The fourth quarter proved to be the most exciting as the offenses began to gain steam. After tieing the game at 17 with 9:01 to go, the Eagles methodically moved the ball on a 13-play seven minute drive down to the Cardinals three. Cody Parkey lined up for the go-ahead field goal and gave Philadelphia a 20-17 lead.

With 1:21 remaining in the fourth quarter Carson Palmer heaved a pass up to rookie John Brown.  Brown was screaming past two Eagles defenders reached out and caught the ball.  After a quick stumble, Brown regained his momentum and raced to the endzone for a 75-yard touchdown. 

The Eagles mounted a quick rally driving the ball 64 yards to attempt several throws into the Cardinals endzone.  On the final play with one second remaining, pressure in his face, Foles threw up a pass to rookie Jordan Matthews.  Matthews caught the ball but was shoved out by safety Rashad Johnson.

The Cardinals move to 6-1 and hold a firm grasp on the NFL West.

 

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Cardinals Begin Contract Extension Talks with Carson Palmer

Cardinals Begin Contract Extension Talks with Carson Palmer

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Armed with one of the best records in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals have reportedly begun contract talks with starting quarterback Carson Palmer.

"I won't get into specific points of the negotiations, but we've had some dialogue with [Palmer's agent] Dave Dunn," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told the Arizona Republic. "[Palmer] has done a great job for us."

The 34-year-old Palmer is in his second season of a three-year contract with the Cardinals, and 11th NFL season overall. His contract will pay him $9 million this season.

Palmer has played much better since coming over to Arizona after playing for the Oakland Raiders for two seasons. The Cardinals have seen enough from Palmer to determine they want him leading the franchise for the foreseeable future. The team has gone 12-6 with Palmer as the starting quarterback.

In 2013, he threw for a career-high 4,274 yards and became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards in a single season with three different teams.

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Cardinals Place LB Abraham on Season-Ending Reserve

Cardinals Place LB Abraham on Season-Ending Reserve

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Arizona Cardinals placed outside linebacker John Abraham on season-ending injured reserve because of a concussion on Friday.

Abraham suffered a concussion in week 1 against the San Diego Chargers and left the team for a week.

Abraham was entered into the NFL's concussion protocol due to league rules with any concussion related injury, but was unable to pass the final stages of the test on Tuesday.

Following another unsuccessful attempt on Thursday, the team placed him on injured reserve after doctors decided it would be best for him to not play for a year.

"We're going to miss his leadership," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. "He was like an extra coach. He had so much knowledge, and he shared it with all the young guys every single day not just outside 'backers. Everybody. And was fun-loving, and I'll miss him in the locker room."

Abraham is the NFL's active leader in sacks with 133.5.

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Cardinals Place RB Jonathan Dwyer on Reserve List

Cardinals Place RB Jonathan Dwyer on Reserve List

David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- The Arizona Cardinals placed running back Jonathan Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list on Thursday.

Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges by Phoenix police on Wednesday. According to the police report, he is accused of head-butting his wife and breaking her nose after she refused his sexual advances. He is also accused of punching her in the face the following day.

Dwyer has appeared in two games this season with the Cardinals, rushing for 51 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. The fifth-year NFL veteran signed with Arizona this past offseason as a free agent after spending his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Cardinals also cut running back Chris Rainey from their practice squad. He was waived by the Steelers in 2013 after being accused of slapping his girlfriend.

To take Dwyer’s roster spot, Arizona re-signed running back Jalen Parmele. The Cards also added running back Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad.

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Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Charged with Aggravated Assault

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Charged with Aggravated Assault

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday on allegations of aggravated assault for two separate incidents -- involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child -- that occurred at his home in July, according to the Phoenix police department.

Dwyer was booked on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.

The Cardinals said in a news release that Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities.

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Linebacker John Abraham Returns to the Cardinals

Linebacker John Abraham Returns to the Cardinals

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Even though he recently contemplated retirement, linebacker John Abraham is rejoining the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday.

Abraham suffered a concussion in the team's season opener against the San Diego Chargers. He was suffering from apparent memory loss, and at age 36, his playing career was in doubt. He was even doubting his desire to play football anymore, but now Abraham is feeling much better and is ready to resume his football career.

"A lot of it was to do with the headaches," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. "First real big one he's ever had. There's other things that we're dealing with, and he's fine with those."

"He's ready to play," Arians added.

Abraham is in his 14th NFL sesaon and is the NFL's active leader in sacks at 133.5. He ranks ninth on the all-time sack list as well.

It is currently unknown if Abraham will be activated for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Cardinals LB Abraham Takes Leave, Contemplating Retirement

Cardinals LB Abraham Takes Leave, Contemplating Retirement

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham has taken a leave of absence and told his coach Bruce Arians that he's losing his desire to play football.The 36-year-old Abraham, who is the NFL's all-time active sacks leader (133.5), left the team's win over the San Diego Chargers in the third quarter Monday with a concussion. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Abraham has dealt with severe memory loss for more than a year.

"I think when you get to that age, and for whatever reason, if that game on Monday Night Football and that atmosphere didn't have you flying around like always or more, then something is missing," Arians said. "That's basically what he reflected to me. He said, 'There were times in that game I wasn't in it, and that's not fair to my teammates. I've got to decide if this is what I still really want to do.'"

Abraham was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He's played in 192 games since then recording 547 tackles, 47 forced fumbles, and one touchdown.

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Cardinals Edge Chargers, 18-17, on Monday Night

Cardinals Edge Chargers, 18-17, on Monday Night

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- Veteran Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer rallied the Cardinals past the Chargers on opening night with a 13-yard touchdown pass to John Brown late in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals defense did the rest and batted down a Philip Rivers pass on fourth down for the 18-17 win.

"It was a sweet little touchdown," Palmer said of Browns first-career touchdown. "That's what he does. He's so shifty. It's like somebody's controlling him with a joystick. He is so quick and so hard to find on those little quick screens."

Arizona was down 17-6 entering the fourth quarter and Palmers' two touchdown passes in the fourth gave them the lead for good.

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had only one reception in the fourth quarter, but kept his streak alive at 150 games with at least one reception.

"Too many mistakes. Too many mistakes in crucial times," Rivers said after the game. "We had plenty of opportunities. Offensively, we had too many mistakes in crucial times that turned into points."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Detroit Lions 35 (1-0) - New York Giants 14 (0-1)

Arizona Cardinals 18 (1-0) - San Diego Chargers 17 (0-1)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 8 (74-69) - Chicago Cubs 0 (64-80)

Detroit Tigers 8 (79-65) - Kansas City Royals 5 (79-63)

Los Angeles Angels 12 (88-55) - Cleveland Indians 3 (74-68)

Washington Nationals 2 (81-61) - Atlanta Braves 1 (74-70)

New York Mets 3 (69-75) - Colorado Rockies 2 (59-85)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (75-68) - Philadelphia Phillies 4 (66-77)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (80-64) - Cincinnati Reds 0 (67-77)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (84-59) - Boston Red Sox 0 (63-81)

Miami Marlins 6 (70-72) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (74-70)

Chicago White Sox 5 (64-79) - Oakland Athletics 4 (80-63)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (82-62) - San Diego Chargers 4 (66-77)

Seattle Mariners 4 (79-64) - Houston Astros 1 (63-81) 

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Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett Out Entire Season with Torn ACL

Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett Out Entire Season with Torn ACL

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- Before a single regular season game has been played, the Arizona Cardinals have lost one of their best defensive players.  Defensive end Darnell Dockett has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2014 season.

Dockett suffered the injury during practice on Monday on a passing play during an 11-on-11 period.

"Thank you all for your support & get well wishes. I really do appreciate it. This will be a tough road to recovery but I've been through worse," Dockett tweeted early Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old Dockett is a three-time Pro Bowl pick who was set to enter his 11th season with the Cardinals.

"He's a great player, a guy we count on day-in and day-out to be a leader and take us where we want to go," defensive tackle Calais Campbell said. "...Hopefully he'll come back soon."

Last season, Dockett recorded 46 tackles to go along with 4.5 sacks. He was a key part of a Cardinals' defense that was ranked first overall in stopping the pass, and ranked sixth overall in the NFL.

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Cowboys Sign Tyron Smith to Eight-Year Extension

Cowboys Sign Tyron Smith to Eight-Year Extension

Jim McIssac/Getty Images(OXNARD, Calif.) --  Tyron Smith is staying in Dallas for the long-haul.

The Cowboys signed the Pro Bowl offensive tackle to an eight-year contract extension through 2023; a deal that could be worth as much as $110 million.

Smith, 23, will receive $40 million guaranteed, as well as a $10 million signing bonus, according to ESPN.  He had two years remaining on his previous contract after the Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in the spring.

"We talk about building a program and building a football team and he was the first player that we took three years ago in that draft," coach Jason Garrett said. "He's just been everything we've wanted to build this program and this team around."

Smith was drafted by the Cowboys with the 9th overall pick in 2011.  Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, drafted 5th overall that same year, signed a five-year, $70 million extension on Tuesday.

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Cardinals Reward Cornerback Patrick Peterson with Five-Year Extension

Cardinals Reward Cornerback Patrick Peterson with Five-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Defensive playmakers are becoming a premium in the NFL and the Cardinals are taking care of their own as they've rewarded cornerback Patrick Peterson with a five-year extension worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed.

"Happy to announce my 5 year extension with @AZCARDINALS ! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal," Peterson tweeted Tuesday night.

Petterson is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL in terms of total money. He beats out the Browns' Joe Hadden, who got $68 million earlier this offseason.

Petterson was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and has been everything the Cardinals hoped they'd be getting. He's made three Pro Bowls and is a two-time NFL All Pro. He's considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and is also an explosive returner, and sometimes mixes in with the team on offense. Since his rookie season, Petterson is third in the NFL in interceptions with 12.

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