NFC Notes: Cardinals, Eagles, Falcons, Lions



Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday that inside linebacker Deon Bucannon could be activated from the team’s PUP list this week, but he won’t immediately be worked into the mix upon returning.

We haven’t been counting on Deone,” Arians said, via “That’s going to be a blessing. We’re counting on Karlos (Dansby) and I think he’ll be fine. Haason’s getting better. Josh Bynes has been a great find. Scooby (Wright), when he’s played his own position and not a new position was OK and played well on special teams.

“I don’t look at it as a gloom or doom thing because I think Karlos will be fine.”


  • Over the weekend, Matt Lombardo took a look at some Eagles’ veterans who could be released in the coming weeks including RB LeGarrette Blount.
  • Lombardo added Monday that Blount has been disappointing during camp practices and has dealt with weight issues.


The Falcons are still deciding between Ben Garland and Wes Schweitzer at right guard and plan to see how the week goes before making any decision as to who will be the starter.

“I’d rather go through a couple of days here and see how their week goes,” coach Dan Quinn said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s kind of that close.

Both of them have really good run-game stuff where they can get onto the second level and get guys,” Quinn said. “Wes is a little bigger and has a little more bulk. Ben has almost the same size, but when he latches on he can really latch onto a guy down the field with his quickness. They are a little different in that way. . . . We really have two players who are playing at a high level.”


Even with the season drawing near, Lions QB Matthew Stafford still isn’t worried about his contract situation and plans to leave it up to the front office and his agent to figure out.

I told you guys the last time we talked about this I had no expectations going into it so I’m doing myself and our team a disservice if that’s what I’m worried about,” Stafford said, via Michael Rothstein of ESPN. “I truly am. I’m letting the guys upstairs and my agent hash it all out and I’m just trying to be as good a football player as I can be and help our team.

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