first_imgThe route taken was surgery.Wells underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee in January.“We just did a scope, clean some things up,” he said. How extensive was the procedure? Did he have his meniscus repaired?“Notreally meniscus,” he answered. “It was a little more complicated.” Wells would offer no further details except to explain why surgery was thedecision made.“Just to take as much pressure off the knee as we could, so we didn’t havethisthing lingering into the season. We wanted to nip it in the bud thisoffseasonand that’s what we’re doing.”Head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who sat Wells because of his knee for theregularseason-finale against Seattle, echoed those thoughts.“The goal with Beanie is to make sure that we don’t struggle through likewe didlast year with that knee. I give him a lot of credit for fighting through thatandhaving the kind of year that he did with his knee. We knew that we weregoingto have to do some things to try to get that knee better and that’s what thisisall about.”Wells joined his teammates Tuesday for the start of OTAs, but only as aspectator. He spent his time on the field riding the stationary bike andworkingwith the training staff. “(The knee) is coming along, coming along pretty good,” said Wells. “Nosetbacks at all. I’m feeling confident about being ready when the time isright.”The time, according to Wells, is not the middle of May but “come August,whenwe get into training camp.” – / 14 What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Statistically, Beanie Wells had his best season last year as an ArizonaCardinal.He rushed for over a thousand yards (1,047) for the first time in his three-yearNFL career, while his 10 touchdowns were one more than he scored in hisfirsttwo seasons combined. And to think he did all that feeling less than 100-percent.Wells spent much of 2011 dealing with a painful right knee.“I kind of knew early on in the season that at the end of the year this wastheroute we were going to have to take.” Comments   Share   last_img read more

first_imgGLENDALE — Asked if this was a make-or-break year for third-year running back Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was blunt.“I would think so,” he said.Williams, though, doesn’t think so. He knows so.After each of his first two seasons were cut short because of season-ending injuries, Williams, 23, realizes how important this season is to remain healthy.“It’s the most important thing right now because if I can’t prove that I can stay healthy, then I might not be here,” he said Monday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A day earlier, Williams was forced to leave practice early after he suffered what he called irritation in his right knee, a knee he had scoped back in January and the one he sustained a ruptured patella tendon in during a preseason game in Green Bay his rookie year.An MRI on the knee came back clean, according to Arians, but the team will seek a second opinion.“Just to make sure,” Williams said. “But, I’m pretty sure nothing is wrong with it; just to make sure because I’ve been through this once and I don’t want to go through it again.”The former Virginia Tech star, drafted in the second round with the 38th overall pick in 2011, thought he had moved past issues with his knee.“It’s pretty tough because I went through the whole spring without anything and having this happen, it’s not scary but it just sucks,” he said. “I’ve worked so hard. I’ve worked hard to get to the point where I don’t have incidents like this, but that’s part of the game when you have certain injuries like I do.”Williams, who played five games last year before hurting his shoulder Week 5 in St. Louis, had looked good through the first two days of training camp. He wowed the crowd Saturday with a cutback move that froze a couple of defenders. Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “When he has been on the field, he’s Flash,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “He’s made plays, so hopefully he’ll be back soon.”Said Williams about the play, “That’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to make plays,” he said. “I turned a play that could’ve easily been for a loss of three or four (yards) and I turned it into about a 10-to-15-yard gain. That’s what I’m here to do, and I’m happy that I can do that again.”Williams didn’t practice Monday and is unsure how much time he’ll miss.“Having things like this isn’t a setback mentally,” Williams said, “it’s only physically until that thing is taken care of.” – / 25 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

first_imgSaturday, October 25• Cardinals receivers likely to test Eagles again (Philly.com)The Eagles want to avoid giving up the big play to Cardinals receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd on Sunday. Philadelphia hopes its physical corners are up to the task.• Patchwork O-line a big reason Eagles are 5-1 (CSN Philadelphia)Philadelphia has used more offensive linemen this season (11) than they’ve allowed sacks (7). The offensive line’s success despite heavy turnover is a big reason the Eagles are 5-1. The Arizona Cardinals just keep putting distance between themselves and the rest of the NFC West.Arizona beat the Oakland Raiders 24-13 on Sunday, and thanks to some timely losses by other divisional foes, the Cardinals now have a one and a half game lead in the division. The Cardinals used a huge performance by Andre Ellington to control the game, with the running back racking up 160 yards from scrimmage in the win. Tuesday, October 21• Disparity in pass rush could be the difference in Sunday’s game (NJ.com)The Eagles employ one of the most consistent pass rushes in the NFL, averaging 18.8 quarterback pressures per game. With Arizona’s defense still plagued by injuries, Sunday’s key may be Philadelphia’s superior ability to get to the quarterback. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Eagles offense absent of big plays without DeSean Jackson (Philly.com)Philadelphia’s offense was always a downfield threat in 2013, with star wide receiver DeSean Jackson stretching defenses and creating quick scoring opportunities. With Jackson in Washington, the Eagles offense can’t find a way to get those game-breaking plays.• Eagles expecting a quick-adjusting Cardinals defense (ESPN.com)The Eagles have constant success with their fast-paced offense, making defenses keep the wrong personnel on the field. In last season’s matchup, the Cardinals changed their style to stop the Philadelphia offense and attempt a comeback. This time Eagles coach Chip Kelly won’t be caught off-guard by Arizona’s mid-game changes.• Matchup between Maclin and Peterson will be game changer (CSN Philly)With 445 receiving yards and four touchdowns through six games, Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has not been an easy task for defenses this season. Enter Cardinals Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson, who will make this wide receiver-cornerback clash a crucial factor in Sunday’s outcome. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories • This Time, Defense Must Deal With Ellington (PhiladelphiaEagles.com)Andre Ellington missed one game last season — it happened to be the Eagles game in Week 13. Now, the Eagles want to find a way to beat the Cardinals with Ellington on the field. • Chip Kelly’s optimal time of possession (Philly.com)Six minutes of offense per quarter may be enough for the Eagles to win on Sunday. Chip Kelly is 51-4 in his Oregon/Eagles head coaching career when his team has 24 minutes or more of time of possession. • Eagles-Cardinals: 5 things to focus on (CSN Philadelphia)It’s an offense vs. defense matchup as the Eagles put their run game, led by LeSean McCoy, against the Cardinals’ stout run defense.Friday, October 24• Five bold predictions for Sunday’s Eagles-Cardinals showdown (NJ.com)A return to form for one Cardinals receiver, a streak ending for Philadelphia, and a slew of quarterback pressures could be in store for the matchup in the desert.• Eagles’ offense needs to reverse its awful redzone futility (Philly.com)The Eagles’ redzone offense currently ranks last in the NFL, scoring a touchdown on just 40 percent of their trips inside the 20. To avoid falling from the top of the conference, they will need to return to their great redzone play from the end of 2013. Wednesday, October 22• Eagles’ LeSean McCoy ranked No. 2 overpaid NFL player by Forbes (NJ.com)According to Forbes, Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy is the second most overpaid player in the league, behind only Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin. McCoy’s cap hit is $9.7 million and adds -0.1 wins to his team. He also only has 422 yards and one touchdown for the season.• For First Time Sunday, It’s Acho Vs. Acho (PhiladelphiaEagles.com)Emmanuel and Sam Acho are very close, considering they play for opposing teams in the NFL. The two brothers talk all the time, and Emmanuel — a linebacker for the Eagles — has even been giving Sam — an Arizona Cardinal — tips about other NFC East teams. Come Sunday, though, neither brother will be rooting for the other. Starting this week though, the schedule makes it much harder to maintain the NFC West’s lead.The Cardinals host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, who are currently sporting the same impressive record as Arizona with both teams sitting at 5-1.Much more intimidating than the Eagles’ record though, is that Philadelphia is coming off of their bye week. Over the last 15 seasons, the Eagles are 14-1 coming off of that mid-season break.This year Arizona will attempt to do what they couldn’t in 2013: upend Philadelphia after a week off. The Cardinals lost to the Eagles 24-21 last season, becoming the latest victim to Philadelphia after two weeks of preparation and rest.While the Cardinals prepare for their daunting matchup this week, we’ll bring all the Eagles news from behind enemy lines:center_img Thursday, October 23• Eagles may finally have another top-notch defense (Bleeding Green Nation) • Three questions for Philadelphia after their bye (CSN Philadelphia)The 5-1 record may look nice for the Eagles, but with a turnover-prone quarterback, a slow-starting running game and the Dallas Cowboys sitting atop the division, Philadelphia leaves a lot to be answered this week.• Foles needs to reverse turnover-plagued start (ESPN.com)Even a year later, the 27:2 touchdown-to-turnover ratio for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in 2013 is still astounding. But Foles already has 10 turnovers through six games and will need to regain the previous season’s form to maintain Philadelphia’s hot start.• In-depth look at Eagles coach Chip Kelly (Philly.com)Even after one season and six games in Philadelphia, many are still mystified by Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. With the coach proving to be a quick success at various team’s throughout his career, Philly.com takes a long look at the enigmatic mastermind of Philadelphia lightning-quick offense. • Should the Philadelphia Eagles Keep Marcus Smith at ILB Long Term? (Bleacher Report)Philadelphia rookie Marcus Smith found it difficult to get playing time at a crowded outside linebacker position. However, injuries at the inside linebacker spot gave Smith a chance to shine. But with Mychal Kendricks’ return, the Eagles will have to decide the best position for Smith.• What if: LeSean McCoy to Raiders? (ESPN.com)ESPN proposes the Eagles send LeSean McCoy, linebacker Brandon Graham, and picks to the Raiders for their first round — and potentially No. 1 overall — 2015 pick. This would allow Chip Kelly to reunite with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, a good fit with Philadelphia. It also gives the Eagles a chance to part ways with the highly paid McCoy, while helping Oakland in the talent department. • Some speculate that Chip Kelly could return to college coaching (NJ.com)Eagles head coach Chip Kelly earned his status as an offensive guru while coaching the University of Oregon for four seasons. With the coach having success in the pro game, leading Philadelphia to a 5-1 start, some still suggest that he would consider a return to college football if offered the job at the University of Florida. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Inconsistency would be the best word for the Eagle’s defense since 2008, when the team lost long-time defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. After a multitude of different coordinators and systems, the Eagles defense may be ready to join the ranks as one of the best in the NFL.• Eagles’ tight ends may be due for a big week against Arizona (NJ.com)Throughout his coaching career, Chip Kelly has been known to make his tight ends a crucial part of the offense. Now matched up against an Arizona defense that forces passes to the middle of the field, Philadelphia’s tight ends could be a major key in Sunday’s game.• Eagles could be down to one running back on Sunday (Philly.com)The Eagles have the NFL’s reigning rushing champ in running back LeSean McCoy, but even he needs other backs to give him time for rest. McCoy may not have this luxury against the Cardinals on Sunday, with Darren Sproles and Chris Polk on the injury report for the game.• Eagles offense relying on play of center Molk (Philly.com)Philadelphia center David Molk was given an unenviable task last month, replacing starter Jason Kelce who went down with a groin injury in Week 3. Molk played his best game of the season in Philadelphia’s last matchup against the New York Giants, and will be expected to hold the offensive line together again on Sunday.last_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Adrian Wilson enters the Arizona Cardinals’ Ring of Honor on Sunday, when the San Francisco 49ers visit University of Phoenix Stadium. To be sure, there will be much reflecting on the legacy of a man who had so much to do with the franchise’s fortunes — and image — change for the better.Wilson’s style reminds of watching an NFL Blitz game in the flesh. The safety was a battering ram, a freak athlete with a rare combination of physicality and speed. That helped him become one of six players with at least 25 interceptions and 25 sacks in their NFL career. He also became a franchise face, not only because of his production for the Cardinals in 12 years with them, but because of the loyalty Wilson displayed as his career and the team around him evolved.Here are some of the most memorable moments of Wilson’s career. Warning: The following content may be rated R for its violent nature.Wilson’s patience pays off in NFC title winThe culmination of patience, belief and loyalty to the franchise that drafted him in the third round of the 2001 draft came for Wilson in the 2008 NFC Championship game, against the Philadelphia Eagles.On the Eagles’ first possession of the second half, Wilson sacked Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb on 3rd-and-8, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Cardinal Bertrand Berry. At first glance, the play didn’t look critical with the Cardinals holding a 24-6 lead, but in hindsight it was key.Philadelphia would rally to take a 25-24 lead. But Arizona scored on an eight-minute long drive, then held the Eagles to two final scoreless possessions to earn its way to the Super Bowl.Wilson finished the 32-25 NFC Championship victory with a team-leading seven tackles, two sacks and a pass deflection. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   center_img For perspective, that’s a 230 pound Wilson getting high enough to put both legs over a 5’6 human being.It’s evidence of the incredible physical tools Wilson was working with for his successful NFL career that will be honored Sunday at halftime. – / 11 “This being my eighth year, and to be in this organization at this time with these players and these coaches, it’s a great moment,” Wilson said after the game.Tight ends in troubleArizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, left, hits Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap in the fourth quarter of their game Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in Baltimore. The Ravens won, 26-23. (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)Since we can’t cover every big hit in Adrian Wilson’s career, we’ll focus on two of the most thrilling.The assumption that defensive backs struggle to cover tight ends because of their size didn’t apply to the 6’3, 230 pound Wilson.Two of his most memorable hits came against some big dudes.One in 2007 saw Wilson, looking like he shot out of a cannon, shoulder Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap to the ground, though Heap somehow held onto the ball.Later, Wilson earned a $10,000 fine for hitting a defenseless Vernon Davis when the Cardinals played the 49ers in September of 2009. There was a bit of Twitter drama — surprisingly, Twitter existed in 2010 — leading into this. Davis and Wilson’s Cardinal teammate, Darnell Dockett, had exchanged words over the social media platform before the game. Laying the wood on EdwardsBuffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards lies on the ground after suffering a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals during the first the quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. At right is Cardinals’ Adrian Wilson. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)There’s been a significant discussion about concussion protocol even since Wilson’s recent retirement.This hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards in 2008 earned Wilson a $25,000 fine. While it didn’t appear to be helmet-to-helmet, the viciousness of the impact caused Edwards to suffer a concussion, likely when his head hit the ground.The NFL said Wilson violated the rule that “a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw (the player being tackled) down and land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight.”Cardinals fans, rather, probably remember the play as a reminder of how exciting Wilson was to watch.Going viralBefore Wilson began building a YouTube library of vicious hits — which arguably could fill this list of top moments — he was proving just how athletic he was by filming this footage of him clearing a 66-inch bar during an individual workout. @ddockett last time I checked I was standing over top of #24 with a football stuck to my glove and believe we were in the endzone— Vernon Davis (@VernonDavis85) May 11, 2010The beef dated back a year prior. When asked about defending Davis specifically leading into a game against San Francisco in 2009, Wilson refused to acknowledge Davis by name when a reporter asked about the 49ers tight end.“Who?” Wilson said at the time.“Vernon Davis,” the reporter answered.“Who?” Wilson repeated?This was eventually settled, because there’s also this 2011 video of Davis explaining why Adrian Wilson was one of the best in the game.He earned that type of respect.Ripping the RamsOn Sept. 12, 2010, against the St. Louis Rams, Wilson recorded perhaps the most productive game of his career.By the end of the evening, he’d totaled two interceptions, a blocked field goal attempt and a sack. He was the first player to record a pick, block a field goal and tally a sack — a violent one on quarterback Sam Bradford in his pro debut — in a single game since Julius Peppers did so in 2004.Wilson’s second pick, which came in the end zone, ended the game for a 17-13 Arizona victory. 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first_imgCongrats to my brother!! @Jbet26 #MakeThatMoney #SavageSZN #BirdGang— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) December 5, 2015 — Justin bethel (@Jbet26) December 5, 2015Bethel’s statement was echoed by his teammates who congratulated him on his new deal. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires #AZCardinals Pro Bowl DB Justin Bethel has agreed in principle on a 3-year, $15M contract, sources say. This was a priority— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2015 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Reports indicate that Arizona Cardinals pro bowl defensive back Justin Bethel agreed to a contract extension Saturday.The deal as reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport calls for a  three year extension worth $15 million. 0 Comments   Share   Proud of my bro @Jbet26! Couldn’t have happen to a better person bro! #birdgang #extension #savageszn— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) December 5, 2015Bethel was a sixth round selection by the Cardinals in the 2012 draft and is a three-time All Pro and a two-time Pro-Bowl selection.Since entering the league, Bethel has never missed a game and appeared in all 59 contests while collecting 63 special teams tackles and 14 tackles on defense. He has also had three blocked field goals over the past two seasons.In 2014 Bethel led the Cardinals in special teams tackles with 18 and again in 2013 with 21 tackles. He finished second on the team as a rookie with 14 tackles.This season, Bethel has played in all 11 games and leads the Cardinals with 10 special teams tackles to go along with his seven tackles on defense. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) tackles Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) So thankful to be able to say I’m going to be a cardinal for a few more years. God has truly blessed me. #heretostay #Birdganglast_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Tight endIt was not a strong draft or free-agency period for tight ends. Regardless, coach Bruce Arians loves his wide receivers, and thankfully Arizona has one of the best trios with Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd. However, if this offense were missing another dimension, it would be a prolific pass-catching tight end. Troy Niklas, a second-round pick in 2014, has simply not worked out, leaving the team to roll again with Jermaine Gresham and Darren Fells. The two combined for only 39 catches in 2015, but Fells did rank third in DVOA compared to 38th for the slower Gresham.It’s an interesting position to choose because, as we’ve all seen, Arians’ offense does not normally feature the tight end. Even if it did, while the Cardinals don’t have a star at the position, their group that includes a now-healthy Gresham, Fells, Niklas and Ifeanyi Momah, who is recovering from a torn ACL, offers an intriguing mix of size and speed.However, the point seems to be that an impact tight end would make Arizona’s excellent offense even better, and of that there is little doubt. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Darren Fells reacts during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) A look up and down the Arizona Cardinals’ roster would reveal a pretty loaded team.There are Pro Bowl performers at nearly every position on both offense and defense, along with a good amount of depth, too.However, that does not mean the roster still cannot be improved.Over at ESPN.com, the Football Outsiders folks put together a list of the biggest remaining hole for each of the NFL’s 32 teams, and their choice for the Cardinals may come as a bit of a surprise.last_img read more

first_img(AP Photo) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Oh yeah, it’s fantastic. To have been gone so long — two preseason and regular season games — and finally get home, and it is Monday night. There should be an unbelievable atmosphere in the stadium. So yeah, you couldn’t ask for anything more as a player and a coach.”On what made him think that WR J.J. Nelson could play in the NFL when he scouted him in college:“Because he was a very, very fast guy that could change direction easily and stop easily. A lot of very fast guys, you go way back to (Olympic medalist) John Carlos and all those guys that tried to play football, they couldn’t stop, and they couldn’t turn. He did it fluidly. He had a great high speed. (Ravens WR) Mike Wallace was the same, just a little bit bigger. So, those traits usually show up as a pretty good wide receiver, and he’s doing a good job of catching balls over the middle now. Just don’t try to put him in too much harm’s way.”On if Nelson has shown improvement off the press and getting away from defenders:“Oh yeah. He’s always had it, and he’s gotten better and better. The bigger ones, Pat (Peterson) gives him a little problem, but there aren’t many Pats around.” 0 Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to game day.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Nothing injury-wise to report. Everything was a walkthrough today. It was a very, very good learning day. I think it was a good start to the week as far as getting used to a little bit different offense and, obviously, a very different defense that they play that we’ve been seeing. So, we’ll put the pads on tomorrow and, hopefully, the breeze keeps up and we’ll get outside. Looking forward to building as this week goes on.” On what part of the Cardinals’ defense has impressed him most:“Just the effort and the communication has been so good. The mental errors are way, way down. Maybe they’re 70 percent down from last year.”On how many defensive mental errors there were against the Colts:“Four.”On whether he saw a different Elliott in the Cowboys-Broncos game:“No. I saw a team that got behind. Then obviously, you’ve got to start throwing it. That changes everything when you’re down.”On if he was in Arizona very long before he recognized the Cowboys’ local popularity:“Oh yeah. I was here about a week. I heard all the stories, and rightfully so. They had no team they could root for, so obviously, they’re not going to change their allegiance.”On the wild finishes in prior Cardinals-Cowboys games:“Yeah. Yeah. That history is fantastic and having been a part of only one, it was nice.”On whether he’s ever pounded on the podium at the press conference at the end of a game:“No. I don’t think so.”On whether he’s more encouraged today about the possibility that WR John Brown will play:“No, not really. I have to see him run before I can get encouraged.”On having the home-opener on a national stage:center_img Top Stories On whether it benefits the team to have an extra practice:“Oh yes, indeed. In the past, we probably would have gone a lot harder, but having judged those things in the last two years, working four days in a row probably wasn’t the best thing physically. It is mentally, rather than practicing a day, being off a day and practicing a day.”On if Strength and Conditioning Coach Buddy Morris had to convince him to alter the practice schedule:“Yeah, it really did, because we’ve had success the other way. They had good numbers of our guys. Once you see the data, it’s probably easier.”On the Broncos’ success against the Cowboys and using that as a blueprint for this Monday’s game:“Well, if I could have (Broncos LB) Von Miller, I’d be happy. He’s special. We’ve got a pretty good one, so yeah. It’s a copycat league, but you can’t change what you do. They have some unique stuff that they run that you have to be very aware for. Hopefully our matchups are pretty solid.”On how he prepares for the game with the possibility that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott may not play:“It doesn’t matter. They’re not changing what they do. Just like the (Colts) quarterback last week. Whoever that running back is, they’re not putting in a different offense.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On the possibility that $LB Deone Bucannon will play:“Yes. There is a chance, yes.”On what Bucannon’s return does for the rotation:“Just adds him to the mix. Finding a role for him right now. He’s basically learned everything while he’s been out. He can play just about any position – mike, dollar, whatever it took.”On when and where specifically he saw the road trips wear the team out:“In practice last Friday, mostly. It hit me, and I knew it hit them.”On churning the bottom of the roster with LB Philip Wheeler’s return, and what he says to a player when the team keeps moving him:“He’s a pro. He gets a paycheck. It was a matter of possibly being inactive or getting a player that was going to be active because of injury. He understands this. He knows his situation.”On why players like WR Larry Fitzgerald and Cowboys TE Jason Witten can play at a high level for so long:“They take great care of themselves. They’re not guys that are abusing their bodies. Larry gets plenty of rest, and so does Jason. Jason’s a great guy. When you look at what they do in the community, you know why they have longevity as a player.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals coach Steve Wilks hadn’t heard that cornerback Patrick Peterson was unhappy and seeking a trade from Arizona.But minutes before Wilks spoke with the media Monday at Cardinals headquarters, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Peterson was “desperate” for a trade before the Oct. 30 trade deadline and that the team had so far refused to consider such a move.Wilks seemed to reaffirm the latter when asked if, regardless of how Peterson feels, the franchise would consider dealing one of the NFL’s top shutdown cornerbacks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Oh, no,” Wilks said. “We’re not trading Patrick. That’s out of the question.” Asked how he would go about managing unhappy players, Wilks said he wouldn’t indulge in any speculation.“I’m going to sit down and talk to Patrick,” he added. “Patrick is a captain. He’s well-respected around here, he’s well-respected throughout the league. Are we in a difficult situation? Yes, we are.“It’s about trying to turn the corner and make things happen so we can make sure we get this thing on track.”Two weeks earlier, Peterson echoed that sentiment.“We have to continue trusting in the process, continue trusting in one another. It will eventually turn for us,” Peterson said.“It’s been extremely tough. Obviously you want to win. I don’t care how you cut it — there’s nothing like winning. Especially when you have a new head coach, have so much going against you, you already have the outside world counting you out. It’s a rebuilding stage. But at the end of the day, we’re professionals. We want to go out there and prepare to win each and every Sunday. And we have been doing that. Just the ball hasn’t been falling our way. I believe, truly, we should at the worst, be 2-and-2.” Patrick Peterson will not be traded— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) October 22, 2018Peterson and his head coach, a defensive backs coach by trade, will sit down to discuss the reported feelings of discontentment, Wilks said.So as of Monday afternoon, Wilks would move forward with a status quo.That said, the status quo is that Arizona is 1-6, having fired its offensive coordinator Mike McCoy three days prior. The defense ranks 11th in the NFL having allowed 233.9 total yards per game and 23rd by allowing 26.3 points per game.Related LinksReport: Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson asks for a tradeS Eddie Pleasant signs with Cardinals, Deatrick Nichols releasedThe Cardinals are coming off their worst loss of the year, a 45-10 defeat against the Denver Broncos that saw turnovers on offense and broken plays on defense turn into a first-half rout.Now, with the San Francisco 49ers on deck Sunday, Arizona must deal with another distraction as one of its stars has reportedly asked out as the team rebuffs any such trade talk.“Patrick was here today — he hasn’t spoken to me about it at all. Had a pretty good practice. No concerns whatsoever,” Wilks said. “I don’t know whether or not he’s really requested that. He hasn’t expressed that to me but we will talk at some point in time.” 16 Comments   Share   center_img Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling INJURY UPDATES— Quarterback Josh Rosen didn’t practice Monday but will ditch a practice boot. He is expected to be able to participate in some capacity on Wednesday after spraining his toe last Thursday in the loss to Denver.— Guard Mike Iupati (back) and safety Treu Boston (ribs) sat out of practice.— Right guard Justin Pugh (hand) was limited. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgLarry FitzgeraldHow could we not be thankful for the greatest receiver in Cardinals history? At age 35, Fitzgerald is still producing for Arizona, gobbling up the record books. He passed Terrell Owens for No. 2 all-time on the NFL career receiving yards list in Week 9.The Cardinals may be struggling for a third straight season, but fans have always had Fitzgerald to look forward to.Fitz will surely be missed if/when he decides to finally hang it up. But, with all of that, there’s hope.Here are five things to be thankful for as an Arizona sports fan this Thanksgiving.The futureYoung talent on the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Cardinals should provide hope for the future of Arizona sports.Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen is proving to be the centerpiece for the organization to build around as the team plans for the upcoming seasons.Suns rookie Deandre Ayton has played up to expectations of being the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft so far through the first couple of months into the season.The Coyotes trending upwardAfter losing 11 straight games to start their season last year, the struggling Coyotes got better toward the end of the year and went 20-14-7 after Jan. 1. They added Alex Galchenyuk and Michael Grabner this offseason and signed extensions with key players like Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Antti Raanta, and their start to this season has been much better than last.The Coyotes’ successes this year have included a five-game win streak, and a tough stretch recently has them at 9-9-1 approaching Thanksgiving.D-backs having the ball in their handsThis is a crucial offseason for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they try to figure out the futures of first baseman Paul Goldshmidt and right-handed ace Zack Greinke. Left-hander Patrick Corbin, who played each of his six seasons with Arizona, elected to test free agency. Will the Diamondbacks go into rebuild mode? Or will they try to replicate the start of last year — before the meltdown in the final weeks of the regular season.Arizona was in first place at the end of August with a 74–60 record but finished nine games out of first place.Standout seasons from David Peralta and Ketel Marte should give fans hope for the future for the D-backs.Defense is the backbone of this team under manger Torey Lovullo. His team has won two of the last four Defensive Team of the Year awards.The D-backs’ front office has the luxury of having plenty of options for the future of the franchise.ASU football will improveSome were skeptical of the hiring of ASU football head coach Herm Edwards before the start of the season. We realize Edwards wants his players to play to win the game, but moral victories should count in this case.ASU’s season came down to a chance to control its own destiny and win the Pac-12 South but the Sun Devils suffered a heartbreaking 31-29 loss to Oregon Saturday night. ASU had wins against ranked teams in Michigan State (15 in Week 2) and Utah (15 in Week 9).Despite a 6-5 record in Edwards’ first season ahead of the Territorial Cup against the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, ASU’s losses were by an average of six points. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photos) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It’s the time of the year for celebrating with family and friends on all the things we are thankful for.Granted, being a fan of Arizona sports teams doesn’t always warrant gratitude.It’s been a rough year for fans. The Phoenix Suns are struggling to win — still. The Cardinals could have the highest pick in next year’s draft. The Diamondbacks missed the playoffs after riding on high expectations from the 2017 season. And the Coyotes have not made the playoffs since the 2011-12 season. 23 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgTransaction overview:IHG is to acquire a 51% interest in a joint venture with Formosa International Hotels Corporation to acquire the Regent Hotels & Resorts brand and associated management contracts.The 51% interest will be acquired for $39 million in cash, paid in three tranches of $13 million, the first upon the date of completion, the second in 2021 and the third in 2024. These amounts will be funded within IHG’s existing capital expenditure guidance of up to $350 million gross, and $150 million net, per annum into the medium term.IHG has the option to acquire the remaining 49% stake in a phased manner from 2026. This will be via a combination of put and call options, is capped, and is based on a trailing 12-month multiple of joint venture income, which based on current projections would result in a payment of less than $100 million.There are currently six hotels in the Regent system. The annual fee income of those management contracts acquired by IHG will be offset by costs associated with the JV.There are currently three hotels in the Regent pipeline.IHG expects to grow the brand to more than 10,000 rooms (40 hotels) over the long term.The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2018 upon satisfaction of certain customary conditions.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterInterContinental Hotels Group has announced that it has agreed to acquire a 51% stake in Regent Hotels and Resorts for $39 million in cash. IHG will have the right to acquire the remaining 49% interest in a phased manner from 2026.IHG will bring Regent into its brand portfolio at the top end of the luxury segment and will accelerate its growth globally, supported by IHG’s powerful enterprise. IHG’s intention is to grow the brand from six hotels today to over 40 hotels in key global gateway city and resort locations over the long term.The Regent brand has set the benchmark for luxury hotels globally since it was founded in 1970. It has a world-renowned heritage, built around the elegant, timeless design of its hotels and rooted in its focus on delivering a truly unique and superior luxury experience for guests.IHG is already a global leader in this segment with the world’s largest luxury brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The acquisition of Regent is part of one of IHG’s new strategic initiatives focused on continuing to expand its footprint in the fast-growing $60 billion luxury segment. This initiative is supported by the creation of a new dedicated division to further enhance capabilities in this area and will be funded by IHG’s efficiency program, as outlined in the Full Year Results on 20 February.IHG also announced that following an extensive refurbishment due to commence in early 2020, InterContinental Hong Kong will become a Regent Hotel in early 2021. The hotel originally opened its doors in 1980 as one of the most iconic hotels to ever carry the Regent brand.Keith Barr, CEO of IHG, commented: “IHG is already one of the world leaders in luxury with our InterContinental Hotels and Resorts brand, but we see significant potential to further develop our global footprint in the fast-growing luxury segment. As one of the pioneers in defining luxury hotels both in Asia and around the world, Regent is an excellent addition to IHG’s portfolio of brands. We see a real opportunity to unlock Regent’s enormous potential and accelerate its growth globally.  In addition, by creating a dedicated luxury division, we will be bringing together some of the most experienced and respected people in the industry who will help drive our luxury offer, ensuring that our existing luxury brands continue to evolve and allowing us to bring in new brands such as Regent to enhance our brand portfolio.”last_img read more

first_img Image credit:  Sean Fennessy.Go back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterThe Calile Hotel has officially opened its doors in Brisbane as Australia’s first urban resort. With an award-wining restaurant, cocktail bar, day spa and fashion boutiques within the hotel, guests have the world on their doorstep. Located in the heart of the James Street precinct, the 175-room new build hotel is managed by TFE Hotels under the TFE Hotels Collection brand.TFE Hotels Chairman Allan Vidor said The Calile Hotel “brings together all the best things that Brisbane has to offer: its subtropical climate, a relaxed yet sophisticated setting and an array of forward-thinking fashion boutiques and dining offerings including our new Lobby Bar, all set against the urban streetscape of James Street”.The building is designed by Brisbane architects Richards & Spence to meld with the leafy, landscaped facades they created in the precinct, in a project imagined by brothers Michael and Cal Malouf.The Lobby Bar, on the ground floor of the hotel, offers a sophisticated space to enjoy cocktails inspired by the local area. Flagship restaurant, Hellenika, opens out on the pool terrace and has an exciting modern Greek menu, similar to its award-winning sister restaurant by Simon Gloftis on the Gold Coast. The new restaurant sits in a vast 600-square-metre floor space and offers dining under the stars at poolside cabanas. An additional new dining precinct, Ada Lane, adjoins the hotel, offering five new street-level tenancies dedicated to eateries and bars.One of Australia’s top wellness and spa facilities will complete the experience, KAILO Wellness Medispa. Located on the pool deck level, it boasts 10 treatment rooms. Forme Fitness will also offer technologically advanced gym equipment and personal training, in a boutique space with well-considered and luxurious facilities.The hotel’s 175 generous guest rooms include nine suites and two premier suites. Each is designed with the ultimate guest experience in mind, with an individual balcony, Bluetooth sound bar, motorised blackout blinds, 55” flatscreen television and complimentary new-release movies. Beautiful and flexible event spaces cater to intimate culinary soirees, poolside cocktail parties, a grand ballroom celebration or wedding for up to 500 people. Wedding guests and event delegates can unwind at the Lobby Bar, enjoy a poolside cocktail and dinner, energise in the fitness centre or be pampered at the spa.More at www.thecalilehotel.com.last_img read more