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    Outbreak prompts Cardinals to move training camp

    Associated Press

    TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals are moving their training camp from Flagstaff because of a virus outbreak on the Northern Arizona University campus.

    The team said late Monday afternoon no decision had been made on where the camp will be located. Players are scheduled to gather Sunday, with workouts beginning next Monday.

    Team officials said they hoped to identify a new training site on Tuesday.

    "The overwhelming concern obviously was the health and well-being of our team," said Rod Graves, vice president of football operations. "Despite what have been extraordinary efforts on the part of everyone at NAU to accommodate our team, in the end, even the slightest risk of exposure was something we cannot chance."

    Last week, more than 100 people attending summer camps at the university contracted the highly contagious norovirus, an illness that is not life-threatening but causes flu-like symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

    It can be contracted through poor hand-washing. Health officials say the illness probably was passed among campers through contact with one another.

    The university is sanitizing the area and has canceled all remaining youth camps.

    The Cardinals have held their training camp at Northern Arizona, at an elevation of 7,200 feet, since the franchise moved to Arizona from St. Louis in 1988. The players stayed in dormitories, ate at a university dining hall and worked out on a practice field amid pine trees on the edge of campus.

    "Naturally, we're deeply disappointed," university president John D. Haeger said in a statement released by the Cardinals. "The Cardinals visited with us extensively and explored a number of possibilities to make this work for the 2005 training camp. We certainly understand their concerns and respect their decision."

    One potential site for the transplanted camp is Prescott, where the Cardinals worked out for a week last year and are scheduled to practice from Aug. 24-26.

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    Cardinals GM Steve Keim cited for DUI on July 4
    by Nick
    Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim cited for DUI on July 4
    BY KTAR.COM | JULY 7, 2018 AT 6:59 AM
    UPDATED: JULY 7, 2018 AT 12:14 PM

    PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was cited for a DUI on July 4. He was released that same night after being processed.

    Chandler police confirmed to KTAR News 92.3 it happened during a traffic stop near Dobson and Ocotillo roads.

    The team and Keim released statements Saturday morning.

    “We are aware of the incident on Wednesday involving Steve Keim. He fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and that this type of behavior is unacceptable and inexcusable,” the statement said.

    “Steve immediately alerted the team who in turn reported it to the NFL as required under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. We are continuing to gather information and will handle the matter appropriately and in accordance with all league policies as well as within the legal system.”

    Keim’s statement, who was promoted to Cardinals general manager in 2013 after spending time in the team’s front office, is below.

    “I truly regret my incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions. Everyone associated with the NFL and its teams is held to a high standard of behavior and I obviously failed to meet that. I sincerely apologize to our organization and its fans as well as to my family. I accept full responsibility for my actions and hold myself completely accountable. Moving forward, I will take the steps to ensure that I never put myself or the Cardinals in this type of situation again.”

    Keim has been with the organization since 1999. In February, he signed a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

    Two years ago, former Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd was suspended four games because of an arrest for a DUI in Scottsdale.
    -07-08-2018, 07:24 AM
  • Nick
    Cardinals expect Honey Badger back by October
    by Nick
    Waiting on Mathieu, Ta’amu
    Posted by Darren Urban on June 12, 2014 – 10:59 am

    The Cardinals finished up minicamp early today (more on that later) after about an hour’s worth of work and some field-goal kicking to finish up. Now the veterans scatter until training camp in later July. (Those dates should be out soon.) One of the questions for the next month-plus is who will be available when camp starts, in particular, safety Tyrann Mathieu and nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu. Both are recovering from torn ACLs — Mathieu had extra damage beyond that — but both have been steady in rehab.

    “That’s strictly up to the doctors, trainers and them,” coach Bruce Arians said. “I’m not going to hurry them. We have plenty of time. If they aren’t ready for the first day of training camp — which I doubt anyway, because I’ve never thought that. I had Oct. 1, or after the (bye week) as the target date for me personally. If they do something better than that, God bless ‘em.”

    A return post-bye week would mean either or both would miss the first three games — San Diego, at New York and San Francisco. Both players have talked a lot about being ahead of schedule, but running during the summer and actually putting on pads, cutting and having people slam into you and dive at your knees is a whole different thing.

    “It’s a long process, and it’s going to continue to be a long process,” Mathieu said. “I just try to come to work every day, stay on top of my rehab and just continue to push myself. I don’t try to get too down about it, and I don’t try to get too up, too excited. My knee’s feeling good. I just take it as it comes.”

    Mathieu says he still hopes he can play against the Chargers in the Monday night opener.
    -06-14-2014, 06:34 AM
  • Tony Soprano
    AZ Cardinals NFLs Most improved Team
    by Tony Soprano
    I was watching a FOXsports show yesterday on the NFL season. One of the hosts predicted the Cardinals will win the first 4 games and be the talk of the NFL come October.

    Win the first 4, that's an interesting prediction since we play them in Week 2!

    One of the guys that spent a couple days at their training facility in Pre-season said their DEF looks like New Englands. And, he said Warner completed 25 passes in a row in a scrimmage!

    Strap on your helmets for 2005!

    -09-08-2005, 10:20 PM
  • Bruce=GOAT
    Arizona Cardinals lose player
    by Bruce=GOAT
    Cardinals lose tackle Oliver Ross to knee injury
    Cardinals lose tackle Oliver Ross to knee injury

    August 2, 2006

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona Cardinals right tackle Oliver Ross will miss at least three weeks, and possibly as many as 10, because of a right knee injury.

    Coach Dennis Green said Ross may have torn his meniscus. The club was awaiting test results.

    "We'll just have to see what's going to take place," Green said. "They can get a little more examination of the information and make a decision on him."

    Ross, an eight-year veteran, said he hurt his knee during a blocking drill Wednesday morning during practice at Northern Arizona University. "My foot slipped, and then I felt something," he said. "I was just like, 'Football.' I kind of tried to work through it. It started getting tighter and tighter as practice went on."

    Ross, who signed a five-year free agent contract last year, missed four games a year ago because of a broken hand.

    Green said Fred Wakefield could replace Ross in the lineup.
    -08-02-2006, 05:20 PM
  • RamDez
    Rams break tradition and stay close to home for training camp
    by RamDez
    Rams break tradition and stay close to home for training camp

    Morning practice free for public



    ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams are making camp in their own backyard this year.

    The Rams' 2005 training camp officially opens with the first practice at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Rams Park in Earth City, Mo.

    Morning practices will be open to the public free of charge. Fans can park their cars for free in the vacant field next to Rams Park.

    Seating will available on the hill that borders the west end of the practice fields, and on bleachers being installed in the south end zones of the practice fields.

    There will be autograph sessions after practice, though those sessions could be more limited than they were in Macomb because the players will be exiting to the locker room opposite the fan seating.

    Refreshments will be available, and small coolers are allowed.

    An information desk will set up at the gate marking the entrance to Rams Park.

    John Oswald, the Rams' vice president for operations, said the team doesn't know whether to expect 50,500 or 5,000 fans at the practices.

    "It's hard to put a number on it because we've never had training camp at this facility before," Oswald said. "People ask me, 'How many people can sit on the berm?' I don't know. Anybody's guess is as good as mine."

    Oswald said a break in the heat predicted for later in the week could boost attendance for the practices.

    "Hopefully, we'll be surprised," Oswald said.

    The Rams are holding training camp in St. Louis for the first time since 1995, their inaugural season in the Gateway City. That year, they held camp at Maryville University.

    The Rams began a nine-year run of holding training camp at Western Illinois University in Macomb in 1996.

    Staying home for training camp has become a trend in the NFL as teams look for more a cost-effective and efficient means of holding camp.

    There are 13 NFL teams that will hold training camp at their normal practice facilities this year. That group includes the two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

    Moving their operations to Macomb was a major ordeal for the Rams, who had to ship five tractor trailers loaded with equipment back and forth.

    "You don't have to move equipment, weights, video equipment and trainers," Oswald said. "They're right where they are the other 11 months of the year."

    Oswald said the main drawback with holding training camp at home is food service.

    Players will eat breakfast, dinner and have a nighttime snack at the team's hotel, the Four Point Sheraton, located about half a mile from Rams Park.

    The basketball court at Rams Park...
    -07-27-2005, 02:08 PM