Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury watches players during a run test as Cardinals players report for camp at State Farm Stadium In Glendale on July 27, 2021.

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Cardinals’ COVID-19 list grows to eight players

The number of Arizona Cardinals players on the reserve/COVID-19 list has grown to eight.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Thursday from training camp in Glendale, Ariz., that center Rodney Hudson, offensive linemen Justin Pugh and Kelvin Beachum, and wide receivers Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson are in the COVID-19 protocols and would be put on the list.

They will join wide receiver Rico Gafford, offensive lineman Shaq Calhoun and cornerback Lorenzo Burns.

NFL Network reported Thursday that more than 90 percent of the Cardinals’ players have been vaccinated. Fully vaccinated players can return to the team after two negative tests taken 24 hours apart. Under league rules, unvaccinated players are required to isolate for at least 10 days.

The Cardinals are scheduled to open the 2021 season on Sept. 12 against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. Their preseason schedule begins with a home date against the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 13.

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Dec 26, 2020; Glendale, AZ, USA;  San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner (54) keeps Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) from making a catch at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cheryl Evans-Arizona Republic

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Larry Fitzgerald on NFL future: ‘I haven’t decided anything’

Unrestricted free agent wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he has yet to make up his mind if another season in the NFL is on his horizon.

“I haven’t decided anything,” Fitzgerald said Friday in an interview with ESPN. “Training camp starts in a few weeks. I’m excited, it’s going to be another great year for the NFL.”

Fitzgerald’s former team, the Arizona Cardinals, have bolstered their wide receiver corps by selecting Purdue’s Rondale Moore in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. They also signed seven-time Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green in March.

Fitzgerald, 37, has spent his entire NFL career with the Cardinals, who selected him with the third overall pick of the 2004 draft.

He is an All-Pro, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection and the winner of the 2016 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Fitzgerald is second all-time in the NFL in receiving yards list (17,492) and receptions (1,432) behind Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice. He is the leader in touchdown receptions (121) among active players and sixth all-time. He has played in 263 games for the Cardinals.

Fitzgerald had 54 receptions for 409 yards and one touchdown in 13 games last season.

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Jan 22, 2020; Kissimmiee, Florida, USA; Oakland Raiders center Rodney Hudson (61) during AFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cardinals give C Rodney Hudson $20.1M extension

After acquiring center Rodney Hudson in a trade last month with the Las Vegas Raiders, the Arizona Cardinals reportedly added two years and $20.1 million to his contract.

Hudson’s new deal is for three years and $30 million, including the $9.9 million he was due to earn in 2021, NFL Network reported. It includes $16 million in guaranteed money, per the report.

On March 17, the Cardinals traded a 2021 third-round pick to the Raiders for the 31-year-old Hudson and a seventh-round pick in 2021.

Hudson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has missed only one game the past five seasons. He joined the Raiders in 2015 as an unrestricted free agent after four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

He has started 127 of his 143 games since entering the league in 2011.

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Nov 29, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; New York Giants quarterback Colt McCoy (12) throws during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals sign QB Colt McCoy to 1-year deal

The Arizona Cardinals announced Tuesday night they have signed veteran quarterback Colt McCoy to a one-year deal.

McCoy, 34, spent last season with the New York Giants. He appeared in four games, including two starts, and completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 375 yards, one touchdown and one interception while posting a passer rating of 75.0.

In 44 career games (30 starts), McCoy has passed for 6,455 yards, 30 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He has played for the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Football Team and New York.

Cleveland drafted McCoy in the third round (No. 85 overall) out of Texas in 2010.

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Jan 3, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) reacts prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Cardinals finalize 1-year with WR A.J. Green

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Za'Darius Smith (55) against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals have finalized a deal with longtime Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection’s deal is worth up to $8.5 million with $6 million guaranteed, per ESPN.

Injuries have plagued Green, who played in 16 games (14 starts) last season after missing the entire 2019 season with an ankle injury. Green played in just nine games in 2018 with a nagging toe injury.

Green made $18.2 million under the franchise tag last season in Cincy.

Green, 32, struggled to regain his form last season after making the Pro Bowl in his first seven seasons in Cincinnati. He had 47 catches for 523 yards with two touchdowns in 2020. His best year came in 2013 when he notched career-highs in catches (98) and yards (1,426). He caught 11 touchdowns that season, matching his total from 2012.

For his career, Green has 649 receptions for 9,430 yards and 65 TDs, No. 2 in each category all-time in Bengals history behind Chad Johnson.

The Bengals selected Green No. 4 overall in the 2011 draft out of Georgia.

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Oct 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Branden Bowen (76) is carted off the field during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals sign OL Branden Bowen

The Arizona Cardinals signed offensive lineman Branden Bowen the team announced Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Bowen, who played guard and tackle at Ohio State, was signed as an undrafted rookie in 2020 by the Carolina Panthers before being released during final cuts.

In 2019, Bowen started at right tackle for the Buckeyes in 13 games and was named second-team All-Big Ten.

He missed a portion of the 2017 season and all of 2018 because of a broken left leg that needed numerous surgeries to mend.

Bowen, 24, could bolster the Cardinals’ offensive line, which is in flux. Kevin Beachum, who started last season at right tackle, is a free agent. Josh Jones, who the Cardinals selected in the third round of the 2020 draft, is also expected to compete for a spot.

Marcus Gilbert, who sat out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, has a year left on his contract.

Guards Max Garcia and J.R. Sweezy are free agents.

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Dec 26, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Haason Reddick (43) causes a fumble by San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) in the second quarter at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

49ers hand Cardinals costly defeat

C.J. Beathard threw two touchdown passes to Kyle Juszczyk, Jeff Wilson Jr. rushed for a career-best 183 yards and Ahkello Witherspoon thwarted a late Arizona Cardinals threat with an end-zone interception Saturday afternoon, lifting the visiting San Francisco 49ers to a 20-12 victory in Glendale, Ariz.

The loss was a costly one for the Cardinals (8-7), who with a third consecutive victory could have earned a wild-card playoff berth by winning their last two games. Instead, now the Chicago Bears (7-7) can eliminate Arizona by winning their last two, including Sunday at Jacksonville.

Juszczyk’s touchdown catches covered 9 yards in the third quarter and 1 yard in the fourth, allowing the 49ers (6-9), who snapped a three-game losing streak, to extend a 7-6 halftime edge.

When Robbie Gould missed right on his point-after attempt following Juszczyk’s second score with 8:36 remaining, the Cardinals needed a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie.

Murray drove Arizona to the San Francisco 14, but his floater intended for Christian Kirk was picked off by Witherspoon.

Arizona got the ball back one more time after Gould missed his second field goal attempt of the day, a 37-yarder with 1:09 remaining. But the Cardinals couldn’t get out of their own territory as Murray finished a 31-for-50, 247-yard, touchdown-less game.

Starting in place of injured Raheem Mostert, Wilson rushed 22 times and hauled in Beathard’s first of three touchdown passes, a 21-yarder in the first quarter.

Beathard, San Francisco’s third-stringer getting an opportunity with both Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Mullens out, went 13-for-22 passing for 182 yards and the three scores.

DeAndre Hopkins was the game’s top pass-catcher with eight for 48 yards, while teammate Kirk went for a team-high 76 yards on seven catches.

Kenyan Drake scored Arizona’s only touchdown on a 1-yard plunge with 12:08 left in the game, but a two-point conversion pass from Murray to Hopkins went incomplete, leaving the Cardinals two points behind at 14-12.

George Kittle, returning to the San Francisco lineup after suffering a broken foot in Week 8, had a game-high 92 receiving yards on four receptions.

Arizona’s Mike Nugent sandwiched Wilson’s touchdown with a pair of field goals — from 27 and 43 yards — to keep the Cardinals with 7-6 at halftime.

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