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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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Arizona Cardinals Sign LB Ernie Sims

Arizona Cardinals Sign LB Ernie Sims

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) — The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent linebacker Ernie Sims to a one-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 29-year-old Sims spent the previously two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, where he compiled 86 tackles with one forced fumble in 22 games.

Sims was originally drafted out of Florida State by the Lions with the ninth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. He spent four years in Detroit, where he accumulated over 100 tackles in each of his first three seasons. He recorded a career-high 172 tackles in 2007.

The Cardinals finished the 2013 season with the sixth overall defense in the league.

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Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson Ready for New Contract

Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson Ready for New Contract

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — Fresh off Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman getting a his record-setting contract, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is ready to cash in.

The Cardinals and Peterson are in the midst of extension talks for the All-Pro cornerback’s rookie contract. Sherman recently agreed to a four-year deal worth $57 million, and Peterson thinks he’s in the same class.

“I’m making OK money right now, but I’m just not making his money right now,” Peterson said.

The 23-year-old Peterson is set to make $2.88 million in 2014, and $10 million in 2015.

“I think cornerbacks are definitely worth the dollars that they get because now this league is a passing league,” he added. “You need that shutdown corner to lock down one side of the field, or like myself, go out there the entire field.”

This past season, Peterson made 42 tackles and intercepted three passes.

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Cardinals Sign CB Antonio Cromartie

Cardinals Sign CB Antonio Cromartie

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie reached an agreement with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Cromartie will team up with Pro Bowl corner Patrick Peterson…

Rashard Mendenhall Retires from the NFL

Rashard Mendenhall Retires from the NFL

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall announced that he is retiring from the NFL at 26-years-old.
Mendenhall made the announcement in his most recent blog for Th…

Titans Hire Ken Whisenhunt as Head Coach

Titans Hire Ken Whisenhunt as Head Coach

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The Tennessee Titans hired former San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their head coach Monday.
“I have a lot of respect for Ken as a coach and as an offensive mind,&rdquo…

Cardinals Silence Seahawks in Seattle

Cardinals Silence Seahawks in Seattle

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Carson Palmer threw four interceptions but made up for it with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd with 2:13 left in the game, giving the Arizona Cardinals a 17-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday.
The…

Larry Fitzgerald Inching Closer to Playing on Sunday

Larry Fitzgerald Inching Closer to Playing on Sunday

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald participated in a full practice on Thursday, leaving him one step away from being able to play against Seattle on Sunday. Despite being listed as limite…

Cardinals Lose Mathieu for Season

Cardinals Lose Mathieu for Season

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is out for the season after tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee during the Cardinals victory over the St. Louis Rams Sunday . Mathieu injured the knee in the t…

Foles Leads Eagles Past Cardinals

Foles Leads Eagles Past Cardinals

Rich Shultz/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Nick Foles threw three touchdowns to lead the Philadelphia Eagles past the Arizona Cardinals, 24-21 Sunday. 
“It’s one down, one to go and that’s our philosophy,” Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly said of…

Bruce Arians Prepares to Host Colts

Bruce Arians Prepares to Host Colts

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(TEMPLE, Ariz.) — Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians will be on the opposite side of the field when his team takes on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Arians spent last season as the interim head coach at Indianapolis a…

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/17/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/17/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Buffalo Bills 37 (4-7) – New York Jets 14 (5-5)
Arizona Cardinals 27 (6-4) – Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (1-9)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41 (2-8) – Atlanta Falcons 28 (2-8)
Philadelphia Eagles 24 (6-5) – Washington Redskins…

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