Aug 8, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, U.S.;  Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) catches a pass during training camp at State Farm Stadium.

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Cardinals WR Rondale Moore (hamstring) returns to practice

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore participated in practice on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a hamstring injury prior to the team’s season opener.

Moore was spotted running and participating in drills for the Cardinals (1-2), who could use a boost in their passing game on Sunday when they visit the Carolina Panthers (1-2).

Arizona will provide an update on Moore’s participation level later on Wednesday.

Moore, 22, had 54 catches for 435 yards and one touchdown in 14 games during his rookie season in 2021. He was selected by the Cardinals in the second round of that draft.

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Sep 25, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp (10) runs in for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Rondone-Arizona Republic

Rams keep Cardinals out of end zone in 20-12 win

Matthew Stafford threw for 249 yards and the Los Angeles Rams’ defense held the Arizona Cardinals to four field goals, leading to a 20-12 win on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

Los Angeles running back Cam Akers rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries, including a key 14-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

Aaron Donald led the Los Angeles defense with two tackles for loss and a sack, the 100th of his NFL career.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray completed 37 of 58 passes for 314 yards.

Marquise Brown was Murray’s No. 1 target, catching 14 passes for 140 yards for Arizona (1-2).

Akers gave the Rams some breathing room when he scored with 1:00 left in the third quarter for a 20-9 lead.

Arizona tried for a first down on fourth-and-4 from the Los Angeles 26-yard line with 11:35 left in the game, rather than let Matt Prater try to make it a one-possession game, but Murray threw incomplete.

Akers fumbled inside the Arizona 5-yard line with 6:28 left and Budda Baker recovered for Arizona. The Cardinals then drove inside the Los Angeles 20-yard line, but this time Prater took the field on fourth-and-4 at the 13 and booted a 31-yard field goal to cut the lead to 20-12.

The Rams (2-1) then recovered an onside kick to seal the win.

The Rams had first and goal inside the Arizona 5-yard line on their first drive of the game, but were unable to get the ball in the end zone and had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Matt Gay for a 3-0 lead.

Cooper Kupp scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 20-yard end-around to extend the lead to 10-0 with 4:00 left in the opening quarter.

Kupp later dropped a touchdown pass in second quarter, however, and Los Angeles had to settle for another field goal by Gay, this one from 40 yards to extend the lead to 13-0 with 13:23 remaining in the first half.

The Rams went quiet from there, but the defense didn’t slow down, holding the Cardinals to field goals of 23 and 43 yards in the second quarter. The Rams took a 13-6 lead into the break.

Prater kicked his third field goal of the game from 49 yards out to pull Arizona within 13-9 with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter.

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Sep 11, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) against the Kansas City Chiefs at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cards RB James Conner questionable; Rams rule out 4 players

The Arizona Cardinals listed running back James Conner as questionable for Sunday’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Rams, while wide receiver Rondale Moore and linebacker Ezekiel Turner were ruled out.

Conner left the Cardinals’ stunning Week 2 win over the Las Vegas Raiders with an ankle injury. After not practicing Wednesday, he returned Thursday and Friday in a limited capacity.

The starting running back has 51 rushing yards and a touchdown along with seven receptions for 55 yards in two games this season.

Moore (hamstring) and Turner (ankle) did not practice all week.

Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson will sit out for the third straight week. Jefferson is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and was unable to return to practice this week.

Also ruled out by the Rams on Friday afternoon were center Brian Allen (knee), rookie cornerback Cobie Durant (hamstring) and defensive back David Long Jr. (groin).

Durant returned an interception 51 yards last week to set up a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons.

Los Angeles also listed defensive back Jordan Fuller (hamstring) as questionable. He first appeared on the injury report Thursday as a limited participant before sitting out practice Friday.

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Sep 18, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona Cardinals safety Jalen Thompson (34) attempts to intercept a pass intended for Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) in overtime at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals try to snap stalemate at home vs. Rams

The Arizona Cardinals will try to end a six-game losing streak at home when they face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

The Cardinals haven’t beat the Rams inside State Farm Stadium since a 31-14 win on Nov. 9, 2014, when the Rams were still based in St. Louis.

That was also a long time ago for Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was the coach at Texas Tech at that time.

Kingsbury knows one of the keys to ending the streak will be containing Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

“Nobody has a plan for that,” Kingsbury said of Donald. “We just have to make sure he doesn’t wreck the game.”

The Cardinals (1-1) hope to retain the momentum they built last week when they rallied from a 20-0 halftime deficit on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders and won 29-23 on a fumble return in overtime.

Arizona lost its leading rusher from last season, James Connor, to an ankle injury against the Raiders, but Kingsbury didn’t rule him out against Los Angeles.

“He’ll be day to day,” Kingsbury said. “He’s a tough guy.”

Turnovers could play a key role in Arizona’s chances of ending its home losing streak.

The Cardinals have turned the ball over just once in two games, while the Rams have forced seven turnovers, tied for the most in the NFL.

“We’ve got to tighten everything up,” Kingsbury said. “The first two weeks haven’t been the standard for us as far as execution goes and play calling, and all of those things in all three phases.”

The Rams (1-1) bounced back from an embarrassing season-opening loss to the visiting Buffalo Bills and beat the Atlanta Falcons 31-27 last Sunday in Los Angeles, but the Rams also let a 28-3 lead slip away in the second half before holding on for the win.

The Rams made it through the game without any significant injuries to skill players, but they did lose starting offensive guard Tremayne Anchrum Jr. to a fractured fibula that will sideline him for the season.

Alaric Jackson has been tabbed as Anchrum’s replacement in the starting lineup.

“That was a tough thing to see,” Rams tackle Rob Havenstein said of Anchrum’s injury. “That actually happened on the first play and he tried to gut through, but we’re going to get after it and go back to work for him.”

Los Angeles rookie cornerback Cobie Durant took advantage of his opportunity for more playing time on Sunday, taking the field after Troy Hill went down with a groin injury that has since placed him on injured reserve.

Durant’s 51-yard interception return just before the end of the first half set up a 3-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp, which gave Los Angeles a 21-3 lead at the break.

“I went out there and showed off,” Durant said. “I didn’t even expect that. Whenever my name gets called, my number gets called, I’m always ready, but I didn’t expect it to be this early. It’s a blessing honestly.”

Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay said wide reciever Van Jefferson (knee) likely won’t practice this week, leaving him unavailable for Sunday’s game.

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Sep 18, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. (7) celebrates after scoring on a 59-yard fumble recovery in overtime against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals rally for wild overtime win over Raiders

In an improbable outcome, the Arizona Cardinals overcame a 20-0 halftime deficit to defeat the host Las Vegas Raiders 29-23 in overtime when cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. recovered a fumble and dashed 59 yards for the winning touchdown.

Derek Carr completed a 1-yard pass left to Hunter Renfrow, but he was hit by Isaiah Simmons and fumbled. Murphy picked up the ball with one hand and ran down the sideline for the winning points with 3:51 remaining in overtime.

Murphy threw the ball in front of him in celebration as he crossed the goal line, leading officials to review the play to make sure the ball broke the plane while in Murphy’s possession.

Trailing 23-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Cardinals (1-1) drove 54 yards in nine plays and cut the deficit to 23-15 on a 1-yard run by Darrel Williams and a miraculous 1-yard run by quarterback Kyler Murray, who extended the play for nearly 21 seconds before converting the two-point conversion.

Williams, who didn’t play any offensive snaps in Week 1, was used more along with Eno Benjamin when James Conner exited the game on the second offensive play of the third quarter because of an ankle injury. Williams led the Cardinals with 59 yards rushing on eight attempts.

After stopping the Raiders (0-2), the Cardinals drove 73 yards in 18 plays and Murray scored on a 3-yard run on fourth down with no time remaining on the clock. Murray then connected with wide receiver A.J. Green for the tying points. The drive was extended when Raiders safety Roderic Teamer was called for holding on fourth-and-4 from the 6-yard line with 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

In overtime, the Cardinals failed on fourth-and-1 at the Raiders 37-yard line before the Raiders’ fumble doomed them.

The Raiders had built a 20-0 first-half lead as they outgained the Cardinals, 258-86.

However, the game turned in the second half as the Cardinals held the Raiders to 66 total yards, including overtime, while Arizona totaled 327.

Murray completed 31 of 49 passes for 277 yards. Carr was on fire in the first half, completing 18 of 24 passes for 210 yards, but was only 7-for-15 for 42 yards in the second half plus overtime.

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Sep 18, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) is tackled by Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (90) and Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Divine Deablo (5) during a game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals RB James Conner (ankle) questionable to return vs. Raiders

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner is questionable to return to Sunday’s game against the host Las Vegas Raiders after suffering an ankle injury on the team’s second play of the third quarter.

Conner rushed for 25 yards on seven carries and had two receptions for 26 yards.

Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams shared the Cardinals’ backfield workload in Conner’s absence.

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June 15, 2022; Tempe, Arizona; USA; Cardinals defensive lineman JJ Watt (99) during camp at the Tempe Training facility.

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Cardinals DE J.J. Watt returns to practice, hopeful for Week 2

Arizona Cardinals star defensive end J.J. Watt returned to practice on Thursday after missing Week 1 with a calf strain.

Watt told reporters in Arizona that he hopes to be ready to go for the Cardinals’ Week 2 game at the Las Vegas Raiders.

“It was a good day of work, good first day back out there (at practice),” Watt said. “I’ll get some more tomorrow and then go from there.”

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph added that Watt was “close” to playing Week 2, but did not make a guarantee beyond that.

Watt, 33, is beginning his second season with the Cardinals after 10 years with the Houston Texans. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year played seven games last year and recorded one sack and one forced fumble before shoulder surgery ended his regular season. He returned to play in Arizona’s playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Watt has 102 sacks in 135 career games (all starts), along with 26 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries and two interceptions returned for touchdowns. He has only played a full season twice in the past six years.

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Sep 11, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels (right) and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) react in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders, Cardinals face off looking to avoid 0-2 start

In a battle of two desert teams thirsty for a win, the Arizona Cardinals visit the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday with each team looking to bounce back after a Week 1 loss.

The Cardinals (0-1) were on the wrong end of a 44-21 rout at the hands of the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, while the Raiders fell behind 17-3 in the first half and never got closer than five in a 24-19 loss to the Chargers in Los Angeles.

First-year Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels figures his team will see a different Arizona team than the one that totaled only 282 yards on offense while allowing 488 to Kansas City.

“We’re going to play another good team this week and so if we do the right things, we’ll have a chance,” McDaniels said. “And if we don’t and we put ourselves in a hole, it’ll be hard.

“Learning how to win is not something you get to carry over from one year to the next, not as a coach and not as a team. That’s something that you acquire through work and trust and repetition and habits. I really believe that and so we’re going to work hard at it again this week.”

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury appeared shell-shocked his team’s play and said his players need to play with a sense of urgency.

“I think with our locker room leadership and what happened last week, our focus is solely on winning the game and trying to be dramatically better than we were last week,” Kingsbury said.

The defense played without a third cornerback in the opener because of injuries, and it showed against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Cardinals hope Trayvon Mullen Jr. (toe) might be ready to play, but he was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. Arizona acquired Mullen in a trade with the Raiders last month.

Quarterback Kyler Murray and the offense will also face an old friend in the person of Chandler Jones, who left the Cardinals in the offseason as a free agent. In his only game against Arizona, he picked up a sack and forced a fumble in 2012 when he was with the Patriots.

Both offenses also feature former college teammates who reunited in the offseason.

Murray hopes to establish a rhythm with wide receiver Marquise Brown, his college teammate at Oklahoma, while Derek Carr and wide receiver Davante Adams continue their post-Fresno State journey. Each pass-catcher had a touchdown in their debut with their new team, but Adams had the bigger day with 10 receptions for 141 yards. (Brown had four grabs for 43 yards and his score.)

Neither team ran the ball effectively in Week 1, though, as Raiders running backs Josh Jacobs and Brandon Bolden combined for 64 yards on 13 carries, while Arizona’s James Conner and Eno Benjamin totaled 14 carries for 54 yards.

The Raiders (0-1) do have to be mindful of the scrambling ability of Murray, who finished as the Cardinals’ leading rusher last Sunday with 29 yards.

Despite Kingsbury’s emphasis on urgency, offensive linemen Kelvin Beachum and Rodney Hudson rested Wednesday and did not practice. Tight end Zach Ertz (calf) and receivers Andy Isabella (back) and Rondale Moore (hamstring) were also non-participants.

Offensive lineman Justin Pugh (neck) was limited while cornerback Marco Wilson (ankle) practiced fully.

For the Raiders, running back Brandon Bolden (hamstring), center Andre James (concussion), linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) and safety Tre’von Moehrig (hip) did not practice.

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Aug 16, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during training camp at State Farm Stadium.

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Cardinals’ J.J. Watt out for two preseason games with COVID

Star defensive end J.J. Watt has tested positive for COVID-19, the Arizona Cardinals said ahead of their preseason game against the visiting Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.

Watt was ruled out not only for the matchup against the Ravens, but for the Cardinals’ preseason finale Saturday at the Tennessee Titans.

The NFL stopped its official COVID-19 protocol in March but still follows CDC guidelines that call for five days in isolation after a positive test.

Watt, 33, is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and five-time first-team All-Pro who is entering his second season with the Cardinals. He played just seven games in his first season with the team before suffering a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery, though he made it back for Arizona’s loss in the wild-card round to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

The longtime Houston Texan has played in 135 career games (all starts) and has 102 sacks, 26 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries and 547 tackles.

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Feb 4, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Arizona Cardijnals lineman D.J. Humphries (74) during NFC practice at the Las Vegas Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals sign LT D.J. Humphries to contract extension

Arizona Cardinals left tackle D.J. Humphries signed a contract extension that runs through the 2025 season.

The Cardinals did not announce financial terms of the deal on Tuesday for Humphries, who was scheduled to become a free agent in 2023 after inking a three-year, $44 million deal in 2020.

NFL Network reported Humphries’ new contract is worth $66.8 million with $34 million guaranteed.

Humphries, 28, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2021 for the first time in his career.

He has started all 75 games in which he has played since being chosen by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida.

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