TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Arians is back on the sideline after a year of retirement, eager to help Jameis Winston realize his potential with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo is going to summer school before starting training camp with the San Francisco 49ers.
Garoppolo is spending part of his down time between the end...
Larry Fitzgerald endures 0-4 start to his 15th NFL season
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald has been on many bad teams in his 15 years with the Arizona Cardinals. This, though, is the first time he's endured an 0-4 start to the season.
Still, despite a sore hamstring, Fitzgerald soldiers on.
Cardinals routed 24-6 by Redskins in Wilks’ debut
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The new-look Arizona Cardinals looked a lot like the old ones with a desert dud of a debut under coach Steve Wilks.
Pushed around all afternoon, the Cardinals were dominated in nearly aspect on Sunday to open the Wilks era with an ugly 24-6 loss to the Washington Redskins.
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New faces: Coach Steve Wilks, QB Sam Bradford, QB Josh Rosen, RG Justin Pugh, RT Andre Smith, S Tre Boston, CB Jamar Taylor, WR Brice Butler, WR Christian Kirk, RB Chase Edmonds, C Mason Cole, CB Bene Benwikere.
Freshman J.T. Daniels named starting QB for No. 15 USC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman J.T. Daniels has won the competition to start at quarterback for No. 15 Southern California.
Coach Clay Helton announced his decision in a news release Sunday night, ending the 3 1/2-week audition for three strong contenders to be the successor to Sam Darnold.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — If he stays healthy.
Those words have shadowed Sam Bradford through most of his injury-plagued eight seasons in the NFL.
And it looms large again as the 30-year-old quarterback went through the first practice of Arizona Cardinals training camp Saturday.
"I think you have to be optimistic," he said. "I think if you're not optimistic, then the odds of staying healthy and the odds of playing well, they're probably not that great."
NEW YORK (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and Vince Young will make their first appearances on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
Cardinals convene, keep 2018 goals in focus
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Making the Super Bowl this season isn't totally on the minds of the Arizona Cardinals at present. They're setting daily goals of improvement amid injury rehabilitation.
While the Super Bowl is the end goal, of course, new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks had a different kind of message for his players after they arrived at the team facility Tuesday for the first day of the offseason conditioning program.
Here are five general observations from Arthur Arkush about the start of a frenzied free-agent period:
1. Playing with fire in the desert
If the Cardinals get 2016 Sam Bradford, their decision to guarantee him $15 million coming off a year in which he played four quarters of football, albeit brilliant football, before his season was ultimately over won't come back to haunt them.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals finally found their quarterback.
A person with knowledge of the situation said Sam Bradford and the Cardinals have agreed to a one-year, $20 million contract with a second-year option, also for $20 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because contracts cannot be made public until Wednesday.
Larry Fitzgerald is returning to Arizona Cardinals for 15th season
It's unclear who'll be throwing to him, but Larry Fitzgerald will return for a 15th season with the Cardinals, the future Hall of Fame wideout told new coach Steve Wilks on Wednesday evening.
NFL offensive production falls despite record for Brady
Passing production was down league-wide to levels not seen in several seasons, rookie running backs shined, and Tom Brady added another record to his brilliant career.
The NFL's offensive surge hit a bit of a speed bump this season as production dipped after a run of big-scoring seasons fueled by rule changes that have benefited the passing game.
Young QBs getting hurt too often in NFL
Carson Wentz , knee.
Ryan Tannehill, knee.
Andrew Luck, shoulder.
Derek Carr, leg.
Trevor Siemian, shoulder.
Teddy Bridgewater, knee.
Deshaun Watson, knee.
Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, assorted.
That's a short list of young quarterbacks who have either missed action this season or wound up on the NFL's injured reserve.
Cardinals sticking with Gabbert as starting quarterback
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Although Blaine Gabbert's roller-coaster run as the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback took another dip, it'll keep on going.
Coach Bruce Arians plans to stick with Gabbert as his starter when the Cardinals (6-8) return home to face the New York Giants (2-12) next Sunday.
Gabbert was 16 of 41 for 189 yards, lost a fumble and threw an interception in Arizona's 20-15 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Arians ‘very, very comfortable’ with Gabbert as future QB
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Impressed by Blaine Gabbert in the quarterback's first two starts, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was asked Monday how comfortable he would be with Gabbert at quarterback should Carson Palmer retire.
"The way he's playing right now," Arians said, "I'd be very, very comfortable."
And Arians labeled that scenario "a possibility" for the coming season.
Gabbert to remain Cardinals starter at QB this week
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Blaine Gabbert will get a second week as the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, coach Bruce Arians said Monday.
Gabbert started Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Houston Texans and completed 22 of 34 passes for 257 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He'd been the the Cardinals' No. 3 signal caller until injuries to starter Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton elevated Gabbert.
Gabbert gets 1st start at QB for Cardinals at Houston
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.
Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.
"It's a big opportunity for him," Arians said, "but he's been around the block a few times."
Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.
Cardinals’ Arians: OT Humphries, S Branch out for season
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle game was more costly than just a loss. The Arizona Cardinals lost their best offensive lineman, left tackle D.J. Humphries, and their leading tackler, safety Tyvon Branch, to season-ending injuries.
Coach Bruce Arians revealed the extent of their injuries at his regular day-after news conference Friday.
Humphries has an MCL injury and a dislocated kneecap. Branch was to undergo cartilage repair surgery Friday and ACL surgery later, Arians said.
NFL’s all-injury team can rival All-Pro squad
The NFL's all-injury team may be better than the All-Pro team this season.
Aaron Rodgers behind center. David Johnson and Dalvin Cook in the backfield. Odell Beckham Jr., Julian Edelman and Brandon Marshall at wide receiver. Greg Olsen and Tyler Eifert split tight end reps. Joe Thomas and Jason Peters anchor the offensive line.
Then there's Deshaun Watson, Carson Palmer, Sam Bradford and Ryan Tannehill. Derek Carr and Jameis Winston have also missed a few games.
Shakeups under center have unexpected names at QB around NFL
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer and Deshaun Watson are all big-name quarterbacks out for most of or the rest of the season because of injuries.
Now, Jameis Winston is banged up, too.
The shake-up under center around the league has left the position a mish-mosh of big names, no-names, youngsters and veterans who may or may not be part of their teams' futures.
Predicting NFL is more difficult than forecasting weather
Predicting what's ahead in an NFL season is no easier than forecasting the weather. Given all the variables, it's probably harder.
The team of September, the Chiefs, went mediocre on us in October and early November. Those struggling Patriots who were 2-2 now seem on course for yet another hosting role in the AFC playoffs.
Early season woes for the Giants that were dismissed as temporary have become chronic. That ugly 0-2 start for the Saints has turned into a beautiful six-game winning streak.
Career backup Stanton takes over sputtering Cardinals
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — These are Drew Stanton's Cardinals now.
The 33-year-old career backup quarterback will be at the controls when Arizona, sputtering at 3-4 and coming off an embarrassing loss in London, plays the winless 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday.
He takes over for Carson Palmer, who broke his left arm in that 33-0 London loss to the Los Angeles Rams and probably is out for the season.
Don’t expect David Johnson to come back to save Cardinals
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals, after a week off to recover from their embarrassing performance in London, went back to work Tuesday but don't expect David Johnson to return to rescue the team's sputtering season.
At the end of his post-practice news conference, coach Bruce Arians was asked if he expected Johnson and rookie running back T.J. Logan — both out with broken wrists — to be back at some point this season.
"You'd have to ask the doctors," Arians said. "Right now, I doubt it."
Cardinals’ window of opportunity may have slammed shut
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Nobody talks much about the Arizona Cardinals' "window of opportunity" anymore. Maybe that's because it's slammed shut.
Five years have passed since the Cardinals hired Bruce Arians and traded for Carson Palmer. Arians joked that he and Palmer were joining for one last shot at a championship, then, like two old desert cowboys, they'd ride off into the sunset.
Cardinals place QB Palmer on IR, out at least 8 weeks
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have placed quarterback Carson Palmer on injured reserve after he underwent surgery for a broken left arm.
The move means Palmer would not be able to play until the next-to-last game of the season, Dec. 24 at home against the New York Giants. That's followed by the season finale at Seattle on Dec. 31.
Stanton once again thrust into Cardinals’ starting role
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Drew Stanton has been here before. Carson Palmer goes down with a serious injury and Stanton steps in as his backup.
Stanton's career statistics are unspectacular. His win-loss record, not so bad.
In his four seasons with the Cardinals, Stanton is 6-3 as a starter.
Can the NFL finally put Carson Palmer out to pasture?
The battered Arizona Cardinals quarterback suffered a broken left arm Sunday while getting sacked during a miserable 33-0 loss to the Rams in London.
Cardinals preparing for life without Carson Palmer
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals went to London hoping to put an uneven start to the season behind them and pull into a tie for the NFC West lead.
The trip abroad did not go as planned.
The Cardinals (3-4) were not only overmatched by the Los Angeles Rams in a 33-0 beatdown on Sunday, they may have lost quarterback Carson Palmer for the season.
Bucs’ Fitzpatrick in familiar spot with chance to face Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Having a rocket scientist for a father and a Harvard education doesn't prevent Ryan Fitzpatrick from being superstitious.
The Buccaneers' journeyman backup is beginning to think this so-called curse that's affected most every starter on every team Fitzpatrick has played for just might be real.
"I've had a lot of opportunities, whether through injuries or weird circumstances," he said. "Hopefully, it's not really true, but it sure does seem to happen an awful lot."
Buccaneers’ comeback falls short in 38-33 loss to Cardinals
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell into a big early hole, appearing as if they were headed toward another ugly loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals.
The Buccaneers managed to put together a second-half charge, but got the comeback going a bit too late to pull out a road victory.
Overmatched while falling into a 31-0 hole, Tampa Bay snapped to life under backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick before falling 38-33 to the Cardinals on Sunday.
Wentz tosses 4 touchdown passes, Eagles beat Cardinals 34-7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz looked like the vintage Carson Palmer.
Wentz threw a career-best four touchdown passes to help the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Arizona Cardinals 34-7 on Sunday.
The quarterbacks and teams seem headed in opposite directions. Wentz has the Eagles off to an impressive 4-1 start in his second season. Meanwhile, the window could be closing for the 37-year-old Palmer and the Cardinals (2-3).
Week 4 late takeaways: Jameis Winston leads Tampa Bay Buccaneers in crunch time
Here are Arthur Arkush's three quick takeaways from the late-afternoon action in Week 4:
1. The Cardinals can't run the football (52 yards on 22 carries) and they can't keep Carson Palmer (six sacks) upright. What can they do, then? Keep leaning on national treasure Larry Fitzgerald, whose leaping touchdown in overtime buoyed Arizona to a dramatic walk-off win, 15-12 over the Niners.
Fitzgerald catch gives Cardinals OT win over 49ers
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals appeared headed toward another bad home loss and a second straight 1-3 start.
Until the offense suddenly came to life and Larry Fitzgerald became Larry Fitzgerald again.
Carson Palmer threw a 19-yard pass to Fitzgerald with 32 seconds left in overtime to give the Cardinals an 18-15 victory over the winless San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
49ers come up short again in 18-15 OT loss to Cardinals
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers finally mustered up a pass rush, doubling their season sack total in one game while putting constant pressure on Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer.
But the 49ers still can't score touchdowns, still can't stop teams when they need it most and still can't find a way to win a game.
Palmer’s TD toss to Fitzgerald beats 49ers in OT
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers had made Larry Fitzgerald almost irrelevant on Sunday, until the final play that won the game for the Arizona Cardinals.
Carson Palmer threw 19 yards to Fitzgerald with 32 seconds left in overtime for the contest's only touchdown and the Cardinals escaped with an 18-15 victory that kept the 49ers winless under new coach Kyle Shanahan.
"He's the best I've ever seen," Palmer said of his star receiver, "and I've seen some really good ones."
FANTASY PLAYS: Wilson, Kelce and other Week 4 daily studs
Winning in daily fantasy isn't always about finding contrarian picks to outsmart everyone else. Yes, you want to differentiate your lineup to increase your odds at winning in tournaments, but you can't ignore the studs that are still worth their high price tags. Here are the studs to consider for Week 4:
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Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Lawrence, a Silver Bluff High School graduate, hassled Carson Palmer on Monday night, sacking the Cardinals quarterback three times and keeping the pressure on him throughout the game. The 2014 second-round pick now leads the league with 6.5 sacks.
49ers seek first victory in game against struggling Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are looking for their first victory. Could the struggling Arizona Cardinals be the opponent that gives it to them?
It would be the first time in three years that the Cardinals (1-2) have not beaten San Francisco. They swept the 49ers each of the past two years.
O-line, 4th quarter fade familiar problems for Cardinals
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A pair of painfully familiar problems surfaced in the Arizona Cardinals' 28-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
First, the offensive line had a rough time holding off the Cowboys' pass rush Monday night, especially right tackle Jared Veldheer. And the Arizona defense, after playing well for three quarters, couldn't hold off Dallas when the game was on the line in the fourth.
Arians less critical of Cardinals’ play day after Indy
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — After viewing video of Arizona's 16-13 overtime win at Indianapolis, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was a lot less critical of his team's play, particularly Carson Palmer's performance.
"He played a whole lot better than I thought he did," Arians said, "a whole lot better."
Palmer completed 19 of 36 passes for 332 yards and Arizona's lone touchdown with one particularly ugly interception.
"Really the only poor play that Carson had," Arians said Monday.
Palmer aces tough test to lead Cards past Colts 16-13 in OT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carson Palmer played the first three quarters in Indianapolis out of sync. Then, suddenly in the fourth quarter, he reverted to vintage form.
Now the Cardinals need their star quarterback to stay in rhythm and keep producing so they can start building momentum after Sunday's 16-13 overtime victory at Indianapolis.
Palmer rallies Cardinals to steal 16-13 OT win at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carson Palmer managed to get the Arizona Cardinals into overtime Sunday. Tyrann Mathieu and Phil Dawson made sure they got out of Indianapolis pretty darn quick.
Mathieu intercepted new Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett on the first play from scrimmage in the extra period, and Dawson made a 30-yard field goal four plays later to give the Cardinals a 16-13 victory.
Cardinals gather RBs in wake of David Johnson injury
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals added two running backs in the wake of the injury to standout David Johnson.
The re-signing of Chris Johnson and signing of D.J. Foster off the New England practice squad gives Arizona five running backs on the roster. Quantity, though, probably won't replace the quality of Johnson, who accounted for more than 2,000 yards last season.