Instead of flying back across the country following the Hall of Fame Game, the Arizona Cardinals will make a much shorter journey from Northeastern Ohio to Northwestern Missouri.
The Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to hold joint practices together athttp://blog.azcardinals.com/2012/06/28/officially-cards-to-spend-practice-week-in-k-c/ the Chiefs’ training site at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.
The Cardinals will play in the Hall of Fame Game Aug. 5 and then head to Kansas City where they will practice with the Chiefs in advance of the preseason game between the teams at Arrowhead Stadium on Aug. 10. It will make for a hectic start to preseason for the Cardinals but it does reduce travel.
“There are many benefits to this arrangement and we appreciate Coach (Romeo) Crennel and the Chiefs working to make this happen,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said on his team’s Web site. “Logistically it makes a lot of sense since we play Sunday night in Canton and then Friday night at Kansas City but I’ve always found there’s also great value in getting work against another team in a setting like this. We’re looking forward to it.”
Arizona has some extra time in camp and preseason and the Cardinals have some issues to sort through, none bigger than at the quarterback position.
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