• Somers and McManaman at Cards practice Wednesday

    Somers and McManaman at Cards practice Wednesday

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    Carson Palmer looks ahead to 49ers

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    Somers and McManaman on the Cardinals following loss to Cowboys

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    Arians recaps the Cardinals’ loss to the Cowboys

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    Somers, Bickley discuss Cardinals’ loss to Cowboys

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    McLellan and McMananan discuss Cardinals loss to Cowboys

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    Arians, Palmer and Fitzgerald talk on Cardinals’ loss to Cowboys

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    Kent Somers and Bob McManaman on Cardinals vs. Cowboys

  • Shot Clock: Anthem, matchup questions surround MNF

    Shot Clock: Anthem, matchup questions surround MNF

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    Somers, McManaman preview Cards-Cowboys

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    Arizona Cardinals Harold Goodwin and James Bettcher on prep for Cowboys

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    Somers, McManaman report on Wednesday’s practice

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    David Johnson speaks for first time since injury

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    Cowboys are coming: don’t sell your tickets!

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    azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Bob McManaman discuss Cardinals victory over Colts

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    Bruce Arians discusses his thoughts about Colts, Cowboys

  • Kent Somers, Dan Bickley discuss Cardinals' win

    Kent Somers, Dan Bickley discuss Cardinals’ win

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    Shot Clock: Cards (eye) roll; ASU’s ‘real’ player

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    Cardinals game vs. Colts preview with Kent Somers and Dan Bickley

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    Somers and McManaman on the state of the Cardinals

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    Arizona Cardinals running back D. J. Foster talks after Wednesday practice in Tempe.

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    CJ2K mad at Cards; Palmer needs to get right

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    azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Bob McManaman discuss Cardinals practcie Wednesday

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    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer talks after Wednesday practice in Tempe.

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    Shot Clock: Could the Cards recruit death stare Adrian Peterson?

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    David Johnson seeking a second opinion on wrist injury

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    Bruce Arians discusses loss to Lions

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    Bickley and Somers on Cardinals’ season-opening loss

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    Kent Somers and Bob McManaman on David Johnson’s injury

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    Cardinals vs. Lions: Kent Somers and Dan Bickley preview the game

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    Bob McManaman wraps up Cardinals practice on Friday

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    Shot Clock: Chiefs-Patriots lessons for Cardinals

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    Arizona Cardinals report: Thursday’s practice

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    Shot Clock: Cards a slim pick, what are the keys?

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    Cardinals report: How will Bucannon’s absence affect team?

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    Shot Clock: Detroit Lions, Super Bowl champions?

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    Reaction to Cardinals’ move at punter

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    Somers wraps up the Cardinals’ preseason finale

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    Cardinals vs Broncos preview

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    Somers and McManaman wrap up Cardinals’ Tuesday practice

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    Shot Clock: CJ2K stays?; Drown out LA fans

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    Sights and sounds from 9th Annual Fitz’s Supper Club

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    Arizona Cardinals break camp

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    McLellan and McManaman wrap up Cardinals practice

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    Somers on Cardinals vs. Falcons

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    Cardinals treating final preseason game seriously

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    Kent and Bob talk Cardinals game planning and remaining preseason games

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    Bickley and Moore: Cardinals looked ‘sluggish’

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    Shot Clock: Cards’ Palmer, ‘D’ gotta get better

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    Kent and Bob break down Cards’ preseason loss to Bears

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    Somers, McManaman on the Cardinals’ ‘boring’ camp

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    Somers, McManaman on Arians’ anger, receiving issues

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    Shot Clock: Cards WRs stink; anthem issue solved

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    Insider: Was Arians’ criticism truth or motivational chatter?

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    Shot Clock: Stanton stands out for Cardinals

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    Shot Clock: Cardinals protecting QB Palmer?

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    Greg Moore and Bruce Arians talk charities

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    Gabbert’s big chance, special team auditions

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    Shot Clock: Arians changes tone with Cardinals

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    Greg Moore and Bob McManaman break down the Red-White practice

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    Somers, McManaman on Gruden possibility, CB battle

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    Shot Clock: Early hiccups for Cardinals

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    Moore, McManaman wrap up opening day at Cardinals training camp

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    David Johnson’s work load; D-Backs’ head games

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    Shot Clock: Cards kick off fan-friendly camp

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    Somers sits down with Cardinals rookie Budda Baker

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    Shot Clock: Blaine Gabbert a keeper for Cardinals?

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    Kent and Bob talk new NFL rules and wide out depth

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    Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser at Top Golf

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    Report card on Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert

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    David Johnson No. 1 on NFL Players Association list

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    Bruce Arians talks about his annual fundraisers

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    Keim, Arians striking gold in draft’s third round

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    Top 3 games in Cardinals schedule

The Cardinals haven’t had much good news to share when it comes to their beleaguered offensive line. There was a big ray of sunshine on Wednesday, however, when injured starters D.J. Humphries and Mike Iupati did enough during a walk-through practice to make at least one of them believe both will be back in the starting lineup this Sunday against the 49ers.

Iupati, the team’s veteran left guard, said he fully expects to play after missing the past two games with a triceps issue and that he is confident Humphries, Arizona’s left tackle, will be lining up beside him after suffering sprained knee ligaments in the season opener.

“It feels good to be out there and actually be able to do something,” Iupati said.

Iupati and Humphries will be doing a lot more on Thursday when the Cardinals practice in full pads. That’s when coach Bruce Arians said he will know for sure if both linemen are ready to return. It’ll be the same thing, he said, regarding wide receiver John Brown, who was limited Wednesday but hopes to play Sunday after missing two weeks with a quadriceps injury.

“I’ll be more encouraged when we see them tomorrow,” Arians said Wednesday. “The fact that they’re allowed to practice doesn’t mean they’re back in football shape. You know what I mean? You miss three weeks, and the game’s really fast, and this is one heck of a defensive line. Young, all first-round picks, and they’ll be a great challenge for us.”

John Wetzel, who has filled in for Humphries the past two weeks, was also able to participate in Wednesday’s work despite suffering a pectoral strain during Monday night’s loss to the Cowboys. Left guard Alex Boone suffered a similar injury, but it is believed to be worse, and Arians said the team will know more about his availability during the next couple of days.

Tight end Jermaine Gresham (ribs), receiver J.J. Nelson (hamstring) and outside linebacker Chandler Jones (chest) were all listed as limited Wednesday but are expected to play against the 49ers.

“You miss every starter when you don’t have him,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “You miss Dave (David Johnson). You miss Smoke (John Brown) the last couple weeks. It’s just good to get everybody in there. We’re not thin where one guy goes down. … We have some depth now that those guys are back, so it’s good.”

MORE CARDINALS: Keim says offensive line play ‘unacceptable,’ hints at changes

Backing Veldheer

Though right tackle Jared Veldheer has received the heaviest criticism thus far amongst the offensive linemen, Palmer said Wednesday he’s never trusted a single lineman more than he trusts Veldheer and that he is confident the veteran will bounce back from a tough start to the season.

“I’ve got as much respect and trust in Jared as I’ve had in any offensive lineman I’ve ever played with, and I’ve played with Jared for six years,” Palmer said, noting the two years they also spent together in Oakland. “He was protecting my blind side for a long time, and now he’s on the other side.

“I talked to him today. You just bounce back, and I know he’ll bounce back. Like I said, I have a ton of respect, a ton of trust in him. The way he works, the way he prepares, I just know he’ll bounce back, and I have faith in him.”

Switching sides

Due to some of the injury concerns the team has had on the interior of its offensive line, the decision was made on Wednesday to move rookie defensive tackle Pasoni Tasini to offensive guard. Tasini presently is on the 10-man practice squad, but he gave the defense his first look at him on offense during practice.

As a way of saluting his departure from their unit, the defensive line all wore their practice jerseys inside out on Wednesday.

“Just our way of passing on our respects now that he’s been sent over to the other side,” defensive tackle Josh Mauro said.

Tasini, who played collegiately at Utah, said he had a feeling the switch was coming. His coaches had started mentioning the possibility last week.

“Whatever helps the team,” Tasini said. “That’s what I told them from the beginning. That’s what I told coach Buck (defensive line coach Brentson Buckner), that’s what I told B.A.”

49ers’ protest plan

This will be the first time the 49ers have played a game since President Donald Trump called out the NFL and admonished its players for sitting or taking a knee during the national anthem. Since then, teams and players across the league demonstrated in solidarity.

The Cardinals, for instance, locked arms and stood on the goal line directly behind anthem singer Jordin Sparks before Monday night’s game against the Cowboys.

“I know our guys are still discussing it right now,” 49ers first-year coach Kyle Shanahan said on a conference call Wednesday with Arizona reporters. “We haven’t had a chance to play since the stuff that happened over the weekend, so I know our guys are going to come up with something to do as a team. I don’t think we’ve fully decided yet, but … I’m sure we’ll do something.”

Asked if he will be involved in the final decision, Shanahan said no.

“I was part of facilitating it a little bit, but I’m not trying to decide at all what we do,” he said. “I want players to decide what’s important to them, what they think is the best way to do it, and once we talk about it, we plan on fully supporting them.”

MORE CARDINALS: Depth chart for Week 4 game vs. San Francisco 49ers

MORE CARDINALS: Michael Bidwill, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones demonstrate before anthem

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