Cardinals: Updated News, Notes & Quotes

Coach Ken Whisenhunt took the high road when discussing Sunday's officiating, WR Larry Fitzgerald continues to rewrite the Cardinals' record book and RB Beanie Wells had a career day against the Giants.


--Coach Ken Whisenhunt was diplomatic when discussing the officials ruling that Giants Victor Cruz "gave himself up" at the end of the game rather than fumbling. "I'll be perfectly honest with you," Whisenhunt said. "It really doesn't matter what I think. I threw the challenge flag and they wouldn't allow me to challenge it, so they made the ruling and I have no choice but to live by that ruling. But I'll tell you this, it shouldn't have come down to that play. It shouldn't have mattered with that play. If we had done some of the things better that were in our control in that game, it would have never come to that."

--WR Larry Fitzgerald had 102 yards receiving, enough to pass Roy Green and become the franchise's all-time leader in receiving with 8,565 yards. It was also Fitzgerald's 28th game with at least 100 receiving yards. That's also a franchise record.

"The only record I'm concerned about now is 1-3," Fitzgerald said. "That leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. What's important is winning ballgames. That's what we're paid to do, and that's what the people who come to watch us play expect."

--The Cardinals think they are better than their 1-3 record indicates. But they aren't making excuses, guard Rex Hadnot said. "Nothing being said, or crying about it, will change it. The only thing that will change it is the 60 minutes we get on Sundays."

--NT David Carter, a rookie, made his first sack. He also forced a fumble on the play and the Cardinals recovered at the 5. They scored two plays later. "I got to make a name for myself," Carter said. "I'm a sixth-round draft pick. I've got to make people wish they got me in the first. That's what I'm trying to do."


--RT Brandon Keith left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury. Keith had swelling in the knee, a result of some loose particles, he said. He has had the knee drained regularly. Jeremy Bridges replaced Keith and could stay in that spot, depending somewhat upon Keith's health.

--RB Beanie Wells had career highs in yards (138), rushing attempts (27) and touchdowns (three). Wells was tired and sore after the game, but seemed to emerge without aggravating a hamstring strain that caused him to miss the previous game.

--QB Kevin Kolb was sacked four times, but he was directly responsible for two of them. He moved up too far in the pocket once and failed to get rid of the ball on a screen pass late in the game.

--DE Darnell Dockett had four tackles but two of them were for losses and he caused the Giants a considerable amount of grief all day. --CB Richard Marshall left the game briefly in the second half but returned.

--CB A.J. Jefferson remained the team's kick returner even though LaRod Stephens-Howling returned from a hand injury. Coaches likely were playing it safe with Stephens-Howling.

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