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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014
CARDINALS TRAINING CAMP REPORT, DAY FOUR
ABRAHAM STILL ABSENT
John Abraham remains an excused absentee. Bruce Arians revealed that he did know of Abraham's DUI in late June, but Arians failed to answer when asked if Abraham's absence from camp is related to the DUI.
Lyle Sendlein, one of two returning offensive line starters, will miss three to four weeks with a calf strain. Arians mentioned the third pre-season game as a possible return date ... Also missing practice were Antonio Cromartie (pectoral), Dan Williams (knee), Andre Ellington (sore neck), Ernie Sims (back), Christian Tupou (groin) and Todd Washington (groin).
The offense has included wide receivers screens, taking advantage of speed receivers Ted Ginn and John Brown and two back sets with Robert Hughes as the blocking back.
MONDAY JULY 28, 2014
CARDINALS TRAINING CAMP REPORT, DAY THREE
BUCANNON STANDS OUT
Rookie Deone Bucannon lived up to his billing as a physical safety, preventing a touchdown in red zone drills with a hit on Jaron Brown and delivering hits on a pair of running plays. Bucannon is a second unit safety behind Rashard Johnson and Tony Jefferson and is the dime back with the first unit.
CARLSON HAS BALL SKILLS
John Carlson is a natural receiver at tight end. He has been the most impressive pass catcher at tight end.
Lyle Sendlein limped off the field early and did not return. The Cardinals do not provide injury updates after the afternoon practices ... Dan Williams (swollen knee) sat out and will have a precautionary MRI ... Jake Ballard (left thigh bruise) returned after missing Sunday... Justin Bethel (undisclosed injury) returned after not finishing Sunday's practice ... John Abraham (personal reasons) has yet to report ... Tyrann Mathieu (knee) and Alameda Ta'amu (knee) remain on the PUP list.
SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014
CARDINALS TRAINING CAMP REPORT, DAY TWO
BUCANNON RUNNING WITH THE TWOS
First round pick Deone Bucannon has been with the first unit only in dime coverages during the first two days. Rashad Johnson and Tony Jefferson have been the first unit safeties.
THE OFFENSIVE RIGHT SIDE
Paul Fanaika and Bobby Massie are running with the first unit at right guard and right tackle starting positions are their "jobs to lose," according to Bruce Arians, who was quick to point out that things could change once they put on pads, which will be on Minday.
Dan Williams (swollen knee) was not on the field for the afternoon practice and Justin Bethel (undisclosed injury) was unable to finish the practice ... Four other players did not participate - Tyrann Mathieu (knee) and Alameda Ta'amu (knee) are on the PUP list, Jake Ballard (thigh bruise) and John Abraham (personal issues) is not yet in camp.
SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014
CARDINALS TRAINING CAMP REPORT, DAY ONE
MATHIEU LIKELY TO MISS FIRST THREE GAMES
Tyrann Mathieu began camp on the PUP list and, it appears, will miss the first three games coming off last season's knee injury. The Cardinals bye is Week Four, which means October 5th at Denver would be the likely debut game.
POWERS AT NICKEL
Jerraud Powers started all 16 games a year ago at corner, but this season, with the addition of Antonio Cromartie, Powers will be the nickel back. Powers is expected to remain at nickel even after Mathieu returns, a move that should improve pass coverage. Powers is better in coverage while Mathieu is a superior tackler and blitzer, which he can do more from the safety position.
HOUSLER NOT RUNNING WITH THE ONES
Rob Housler, allegedly a pass catching tight end who has one touchdown catch during his first three seasons, was running with the second unit behind John Carlson and Jake Ballard in Bruce Arians' preferred two tight end offense. With second round draft pick Troy Niklas a lock to make the roster, there is no guarantee that Housler makes the cut to 53 players.
THE 13TH ANNUAL SPORTS ZONE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
MONDAY, JULY 21 - Arizona Cardinals
TUESDAY, JULY 22 - St. Louis Rams
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 - San Francisco 49ers
THURSDAY, JULY 24 - Seattle Seahawks
FRIDAY, JULY 25 - Around The NFL
MONDAY, JULY 28 - AFC West (Broncos, Chiefs)
TUESDAY, JULY 29 - AFC South (Colts, Titans)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 - AFC North (Steelers, Bengals)
THURSDAY, JULY 31 - AFC East (Patriots, Dolphins)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 - NFC South (Saints, Panthers)
MONDAY, AUGUST 4 - NFC North (Packers, Bears)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 - NFC East (Eagles, Cowboys)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 - Around College Football
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 - Notre Dame
FRIDAY, AUGUST 8 - ACC (Florida State, Miami)
MONDAY, AUGUST 11 - Big Ten (Ohio State, Nebraska)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 - Big 12 (Oklahoma, Texas)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 - SEC (Alabama, South Carolina)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 - Washington State
FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 - Washington
MONDAY, AUGUST 18 - Stanford
TUESDAY, AUGUST 19 - California
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 - Oregon
THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 - Oregon State
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 - Colorado
MONDAY, AUGUST 25 - Utah
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26 - USC
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27 - UCLA
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 - ASU
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 - UA
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