Arizona Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday news and notes on the Arizona Cardinals.

- OLB Ray Thompson, assuming he is cleared to play (concussion), will be a key figure in the game plan for Brett Favre. The Cardinals have to manufacture a pass rush, and Thompson has the skills to be used in blitz packages.
   -- RB Emmitt Smith, signed partially to goose the gate for the team that has been last in the league in attendance, didn't move the masses. The crowd of 23,127 was the smallest on opening day since the team moved to the desert in 1988. Afterward, Smith delivered a profanity-laced message to teammates in the locker room, who he believed quit after the early flurry of turnovers -- one on each of the first four possessions.
   -- FS Dexter Jackson, who opponents have largely avoided for two games, has had his eyes opened coming to the Cardinals after being named Most Valuable Player in the Super Bowl for Tampa Bay: "
   "It's tough coming from, let's be honest, an organization where everyone wants to win, demands greatness, demands perfection. If you don't, how are you going to be a great player?"
   -- RB Marcel Shipp appears to be sinking, and not from anything he has done wrong. He got only six carries, for four yards, against Seattle, in part because Emmitt Smith now is the featured back, and in part because the team fell so far behind so quickly that it had to abandon the rush. Coaches want to get more work for Shipp, who had a strong rookie season in 2002 when he took the job from Thomas Jones.
   -- DE Kenny King is out at least four weeks after suffering a dislocated toe. He was a backup who had not contributed much, but the team already was low in numbers.

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