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  • NFL sends memo reminding clubs of game day protocols; team under investigation "Ahead of Sunday's slate of NFL games, the league issued a memo Friday reminding clubs about game day protocols. The memo, obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, included another emphasis on face covering requirements and the NFL's intention to continue to impose..." September 25

  • Contender or fool's gold? Separating NFL's best 2-0 teams from the rest

    USA Today "A total of 11 NFL teams have jumped out to 2-0 starts, tying the league record for the most in a single year. While it’s still early, a hot start normally bodes well for postseason implications. Since 1990, of the 244 teams that have opened the year with 2-0 records, 151 of..." September 25

  • Cardinals GM: Isaiah Simmons' future 'certainly bright' despite early benchings

    AZ Cardinals "Through two games, rookie linebacker ?Isaiah Simmons? has played just 25 snaps on defense -- seven last week -- in part because the Cardinals do have veterans who are doing the job ahead of him on the depth chart. But GM Steve Keim knows the Cards must walk a fine line when it comes to the No...." September 25

  • Top Free Agents Who Can Help Desperate NFL Teams

    Bleacher Report "As expected, NFL free agency isn't slowing down as the calendar turns to Week 3.  With injuries piling up and expanded practice squads a part of this year's proceedings, notable names such as Blake Bortles, Ezekiel Ansah and Devonta Freeman have..." September 25

  • DeAndre Hopkins says he’s at fault for Kyler Murray’s interception

    AZ Central "Sometimes in life we ask our friends to cover up for us as a favor. Other times, if they're as fast as DeAndre Hopkins, they're one step ahead of us. Kyler Murray had one interception Sunday, caught by Washington safety Landon Collins. Two days later,..." September 24

  • DeAndre Hopkins’ natural chemistry with Kyler Murray has led to 22 receptions

    Pro Football Talk "Saints receiver Michael Thomas set the NFL record last season with 149 catches. He made 20 of those in the first two weeks. Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins has 22 catches already this season. His previous best through the first two games was 14 receptions, which he..." September 24

  • Cam Newton, Dak Prescott among 15 players in contract year to keep an eye on

    CBS Sports "A flurry of signings took place as the start of the regular season was approaching. Multiple players who would have been highly sought after in free agency or franchise tag candidates were taken off the market. Some of the more notable signings of players heading into a contract year..." September 24

  • Cards Add Jaron Brown To Practice Squad

    Pro Football Rumors "After stops in two other NFC West cities, Jaron Brown will make his way back to Arizona for another Cardinals opportunity. The Cards added their former five-year wide receiver contributor to their practice squad Wednesday. Brown spent the past two seasons with the Seahawks..." September 23

  • NFL Season Off To Highest-Scoring Start Ever

    Pro Football Talk "More points and more touchdowns have been scored in the first two weeks of this season than in any opening two weeks in NFL history. So far this season, NFL teams have scored a combined 1,611 points. That breaks the previous record of 1,556 points scored in the first two weeks of the..." September 23

  • NFL MVP candidates turning heads in 2020, starring Russell Wilson

    Sportsnaut "We are now two full weeks through the 2020 NFL season. There’s been some absolutely brutal quarterback play in those first two weeks. However, there’s also been some standout signal callers making major noise.  Typically, this is the position that..." September 23

  • NFL players express disappointment in Breonna Taylor grand jury decision "A number of NFL players expressed disappointment and frustration regarding Wednesday's news that a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for their role in the death of Breonna Taylor. The one indictment brought by the grand jury was three..." September 23

  • Cardinals are more than a dark-horse playoff threat with upcoming schedule

    Clutch Points "Entering the 2020 season, the Arizona Cardinals were projected by many to be at the bottom of the NFC West. That is not the case to begin the season. After two weeks, the Cardinals have a 61.7% chance to make the postseason, according to Football Outsiders. Arizona set the tone for..." September 23

  • Cardinals will have 750 friends and family at Sunday’s game

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Cardinals will be allowing family members and close friends of the team to attend Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium. The team confirmed that the amount of people permitted to attend will be no more than 750. In a letter written..." September 23

  • 2021 Draft QB Class Has NFL Teams Thinking About Losing in the 2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "Some teams acquire their franchise quarterbacks through luck, and solid draft scouting—such as the New England Patriots with Tom Brady or the Seattle Seahawks with Russell Wilson. Other teams make moves in free agency (Drew Brees). Rarely are starting-level quarterbacks acquired via..." September 22

  • NFL announces no players tested positive for COVID-19 from Sept. 13-19

    Sportsnet "The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that no players were positive for COVID-19 during the testing period from Sept. 13-19. " September 22

  • NFL hoping for full stadium at Super Bowl, but prepared for no fans

    Yahoo! Sports "Most NFL stadiums have been empty this season, and those with fans at all are operating at significantly reduced capacities. The NFL isn’t sure whether that will still be the case on Super Bowl Sunday. NFL event planners toured Raymond James Stadium this morning as part of the..." September 22

  • Roger Goodell on fining coaches for mask violations: 'You can't let up'

    USA Today "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has no qualms about harshly penalizing coaches who violate the NFL’s protocols mandating that they wear facemasks while roaming the sidelines. The NFL on Monday fined three coaches – San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan,..." September 22

  • Should NFL abandon the mask rule for coaches?

    Pro Football Talk "When the NFL developed its policy that coaches must cover their mouths and noses on the sidelines, the NFL planned eventually  to conduct COVID-19 testing on players and coaches three times per week. Now that the NFL is conducting, and likely will continue to conduct, COVID-19 testing on a..." September 22

  • Maxx Williams Goes To IR; KeeSean Johnson Activated From COVID List

    Arizona Cardinals "The Cardinals will have to live without ?Maxx Williams? for now, after putting the tight end on injured reserve Monday with his problem ankle. But the Cards do get a player back. Wide receiver ?KeeSean Johnson? was activated to the roster from the reserve/COVID-19 list, where he had..." September 21

  • How rash of injuries could impact NFL trade deadline

    Sportsnaut "The biggest story to come out of Sunday’s Week 2 NFL action was myriad injuries suffered by multiple teams around the league. We’re talking game changers for contending teams and season-ending injuries to some of the game’s biggest stars.  All of this..." September 21

  • NFL may discipline coaches for not wearing face coverings

    Yardbarker "After a Week 1 warning, the NFL may be about to get serious when it comes to coaches who did not properly wear face coverings on the sideline. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the NFL is reviewing footage from Week 2 games and may fine several coaches for not following the..." September 21

  • How much trouble are 0-2 NFL teams really in given expanded playoff setup?

    USA Today "There are 11 teams with 0-2 records following the NFL's second week of action.   The Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina..." September 21

  • Kyler Murray: It’s a blessing to be able to move fast

    AZ Cardinals "A year ago, Kyler Murray didn't run the ball as much as many thought he might. The quarterback was just learning the league, after all, there were questions about him absorbing too much punishment if he did run, and frankly, Kliff Kingsbury acknowledged, "that was a part of..." September 21

  • NFL sends final warning to teams regarding COVID-19 sideline protocols

    CBS Sports "The NFL is very serious about enforcing all COVID-related measures on game days this season, as a strongly-worded memo to teams indicated last week. Troy Vincent, the NFL's vice president of football operations, told me that fines and other punishment will be forthcoming for those who do..." September 20

  • NFL received great coronavirus news following Week 1

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL had extremely low rates of positive COVID-19 tests throughout the offseason, but many were concerned about how travel would impact that once games began. Through one week, the travel appears to have had no impact at all. Zero players or coaches tested positive for the..." September 20

  • What's next for the NFL after getting through Week 1? Fans at games, other looming concerns

    ESPN "There really can be no debate: The NFL has aced its initial efforts to practice and play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since training camp practices began in mid-August, only seven players have produced positive test results. There have been no team outbreaks, and the only scare was..." September 18

  • A new mark for Black quarterback matchups in the NFL

    The Undefeated "Sometime on Sunday afternoon in Long Beach, California, trailblazer Marlin Briscoe plans to settle into his sofa, put up his feet and grab a remote control. He’ll have a lot of football to watch. The first Black quarterback in the old American Football League, which..." September 18

  • Cardinals sign Mike Nugent

    Revenge Of The Birds "The Arizona Cardinals are signing kicker Mike Nugent to their practice squad after bringing him in for a tryout earlier this week. Nugent, a 15-year veteran, played for the Cardinals back in 2009 after Neil Rackers went down with an injury. He..." September 18

  • Cardinals Hall Of Famer Larry Wilson Passes Away

    AZ Cardinals "Larry Wilson, the Cardinals' Hall of Fame safety whose play made popular the safety blitz in the NFL and who worked for the franchise for more than 30 years after his playing days, died Thursday night. He was 82. Drafted in the seventh round in 1960, the 6-foot, 190-pound Wilson..." September 18

  • 2020 NFL Cap Space, By Team

    Pro Football Rumors "Cap management has been extra complicated in the NFL this year. After ~70 NFL players opted out of the 2020 season, teams were left with holes and plenty of available dollars to fill the gaps. At first, the ongoing uncertainty over next year’s salary cap had teams nervous about..." September 18

  • Truth is, NFL thriving while players take action on social injustice

    USA Today "Let’s save ourselves some headaches for the next two months and dispense with the nonsense. The NFL is not dying. Throngs of fans are not turning off their televisions – or phones or tablets or however else they’re watching – in disgust over the player protests..." September 17

  • The Best NFL Free Agent Still on the Market at Every Position

    Bleacher Report "NFL free agency remains a viable avenue for teams in need of a quick fix. While the market doesn't have a headline name like Jadeveon Clowney anymore, the fact that he's already putting on a show with the Tennessee Titans is a good indication of just how quickly the..." September 17

  • NFL Contract Guarantees, Explained

    Pro Football Rumors "Unlike in the NBA or MLB, players’ contracts in the NFL aren’t guaranteed by default. Typically, an NFL player will receive at least some guaranteed money when he signs a deal, but that money often comes in the form of contract bonuses, and in particular signing bonuses. While..." September 17

  • Seven positives in latest round of NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 testing "In the latest weekly update on NFL-NFL Players Association testing results, there were seven confirmed positives, including two players, out of 40,479 tests from Sept. 6 through Saturday. It's one fewer positive test than the previous week's results. " September 17

  • Kickers struggle in empty outdoor stadiums "NFL kickers had a brutal Week One. Empty stadiums may be to blame. Kickers missed more field goal attempts in Week One of 2020 than they’ve missed in any opening week since 1982, when field goal kickers were far less accurate than they’ve become in recent..." September 17

  • Cardinals signing safety Curtis Riley off Steelers practice squad

    Revenge Of The Birds "The Arizona Cardinals came out with a win against the 49ers this past weekend but they did not go unscathed. Starting safety Jalen Thompson, a 2019 fifth-round supplemental pick, went down with an ankle injury after only two plays. Although the severity of the..." September 17

  • Washington's Ron Rivera: Kyler Murray 'gives me anxiety'

    Arizona Sports "Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said it was “nerve-wracking” watching film of the Washington Football Team’s defensive front in Week 1. Washington counterpart Ron Rivera said analyzing the matchup between his D-line and Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray gives..." September 17

  • No starting quarterbacks injured or benched in Week One for first time since 2011

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL got a piece of good news to start the 2020 season: All 32 starting quarterbacks made it out of Week One unscathed. No quarterbacks suffered serious injuries in Week One, and no quarterbacks were benched, either. That means 2020 is poised to be the first season since 2011 when..." September 17

  • Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson head preliminary list for Hall-of-Fame's Class of 2021

    SI "Quarterback Peyton Manning and defensive back Charles Woodson are among 130 preliminary candidates named Wednesday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for its modern-era Class of 2021.  Of course, Manning and Woodson are more than nominees for election. Both are expected to be..." September 16

  • The 5 most-likely Odell Beckham Jr. trade scenarios

    Sportsnaut "Dreadful. Pathetic. Whatever term we want to use for the Cleveland Browns’ season-opening performance, they were just not on the same level as the Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland dropped the opener by the score of 38-6. Baker Mayfield was a disaster under center. Star wide..." September 16

  • 49ers investigating racist messages fan sent to Cardinals safety Budda Baker

    The Mercury News "The San Francisco 49ers are denouncing a series of racist messages sent from an apparent fan of the team to Cardinals safety Budda Baker during Sunday’s game. The Niners announced Tuesday that they are investigating the situation to identify the fan, who will be banned from all..." September 15

  • NFL’s social justice messaging sparks anger in every direction

    Yahoo! Sports "The NFL spent its first 100 years trying to be all things to all people. It might spend the next 100 deciding which of its fans it can least afford to enrage.  Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season is in the books, and with it the league’s first attempt at a more progressive stance..." September 15

  • Mike Ditka again tells NFL players to 'get the hell out' of country after protests

    USA Today "Mike Ditka spent five-plus decades around pro football. He's a Hall of Famer and a Super Bowl champion. But when it comes to NFL players protesting police brutality and racial injustice during the national anthem, Ditka sounds like a broken record … of the stubbornly..." September 15

  • How Long Will It Take For an NFL Team to Give Adam Vinateri a Call?

    The Big Lead "Finding a reliable kicker has recently become rather difficult for NFL teams other than the Baltimore Ravens, who are blessed with Justin Tucker. Since the NFL changed the extra point rules in 2015, forcing kickers to make a 33-yard attempt instead of a 15-yard chip shot following..." September 15

  • Fantasy football waiver wire: Rams' Malcolm Brown grabs opportunity by the horns

    USA Today "Without the benefit of preseason games, the opening week of the NFL season finally pulled the curtain back on how teams plan to use their players. Week 1 usually provides the widest variety of waiver-wire pickups in fantasy leagues, but this year things are even more wide-open than..." September 15

  • DeAndre Hopkins: Kyler Murray kept feeding me and we kept making plays

    Clutch Points "Sunday’s game which pitted the Arizona Cardinals against Super Bowl LIV finalist San Francisco 49ers saw just how dangerous a Kyler Murray-DeAndre Hopkins connection can be. The Cardinals managed to pull off an upset via a close 24-20 win against the..." September 14

  • Kneeldowns cost Kyler Murray a 100-yard rushing game

    Yahoo! Sports "Kyler Murray was the top rusher in the NFL yesterday. Until he wasn’t. Murray reached 100 rushing yards in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ win over the 49ers on Sunday, and he was actually the only player in the NFL to gain 100 yards on Sunday — Murray, a..." September 14

  • Jerry Rice rips 49ers for attitude during season-opening loss

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco 49ers suffered a surprising loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, and Jerry Rice isn’t happy. The Niners legend was one of the few allowed in the stadium to watch Sunday’s game. He told 95.7 The Game on Monday that the Niners’ play..." September 14

  • Cardinals’ Budda Baker Exposes Racist 49ers Fan

    Total Pro Sports "Not shocking, but there yet another instance of a fan who clearly doesn’t care for Black players, but will watch them for entertainment purposes. Such was the case when the 49ers took on the Cardinals.  " September 14

  • Eric Reid calls NFL's anti-racism campaign 'disingenuous,' 'diabolical'

    Yahoo! Sports "Eric Reid has never been shy in sharing his opinions about commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s treatment of Black people, especially when it comes to protesting. That hasn’t changed with the start of the 2020 NFL season, even though Reid hasn’t been signed by any team and..." September 14