Jul 27, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals helmets sit on the field during training camp at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals RBs coach James Saxon facing battery charges

Arizona Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon is facing two counts of domestic battery linked to an alleged incident this spring.

The charges in Indianapolis include a Level 6 felony for allegedly assaulting a woman in front of a child younger than 16, ESPN reported Friday.

The alleged incident occurred May 7 and began with an argument at a Costco store and continued at the woman’s home, according to police records.

Saxon, 56, has an attorney conference scheduled for Aug. 25, at which point a trial date could be set.

The Level 6 (least serious in Indiana) felony charge carries a sentence range of six months to 2 1/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The second charge is a Class A misdemeanor.

According to the woman’s probable cause affidavit, Saxon repeatedly pushed her in front of two children and she fell into a garage door.

The Cardinals told ESPN on Thursday they are looking into the matter. Saxon is currently working with the team at training camp in Glendale, Ariz.

Saxon joined Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s staff in February 2019. He previously coached running backs for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills dating back to 2000.

Saxon played fullback in the NFL from 1988-95 with the Chiefs, Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. He rushed for 533 yards and five touchdowns and caught 69 passes for 515 yards in 111 games (16 starts).

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Marquise Brown (2) speaks with a Cardinal staff member during Arizona Cardinals practice at State Farm Stadium on Friday, July 29, 2022, in Glendale.

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Marquise Brown arrested for criminal speeding

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of criminal speeding.

The arrest comes one day after Brown returned to the active roster after recovering from a hamstring injury. He had been on the non-football injury list since the start of training camp.

“We are aware of the situation regarding Hollywood Brown and have reported it to the NFL office as required. We will comment further as appropriate,” the Cardinals said in a statement.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety told Arizona Sports 98.7 that Brown was arrested at 7:05 a.m. local time driving in the HOV lane on Loop 101.

Criminal speeding in Arizona is driving in excess of 85 mph, exceeding the speed limit by 20 mph or more, or exceeding 35 mph in a school zone.

Brown is entering his first season with the Cardinals after a draft-night trade with the Baltimore Ravens in April.

Brown has 195 career catches for 2,361 yards and 21 touchdowns in 46 games (41 starts) for the Ravens. He was selected No. 25 overall by Baltimore in the 2019 draft.

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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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Marquise Brown joins Michael Bidwill, Owner of the Cardinals, during a watch party for fans at Cardinal Stadium on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Glendale. Brown was traded to the Cardinals by the Ravens and was brought to Glendale for the Draft Party.

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Cardinals activate WR Marquise Brown

The Arizona Cardinals activated wide receiver Marquise Brown off the non-football injury list on Tuesday.

Brown was nursing a hamstring injury he sustained while running routes away from the team facility.

The 25-year-old Brown was traded from the Baltimore Ravens along with a third-round pick to the Cardinals on April 28 in exchange for the 23rd overall selection of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Brown was the Ravens’ first-round selection in the 2019 draft, and he played three seasons with quarterback Lamar Jackson in Baltimore. He posted his first 1,000-yard season in 2021 when he caught 91 passes for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games (all starts).

He has 195 catches for 2,361 yards and 21 touchdowns in 46 career games (41 starts) with the Ravens.

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Jul 30, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks on during training camp practice at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray tests positive for COVID-19

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss at least five days.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury made the announcement to reporters on Monday.

Murray is fresh off signing a five-year contract worth up to $230.5 million with $160 million guaranteed. Reports surfaced that the deal included an “independent study addendum,” which Murray faced questions about before the team eventually removed the clause last week.

Then he sat out Saturday’s practice to rest his arm.

Colt McCoy will get first-team reps in Murray’s absence.

Murray, 24, threw for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, adding five touchdowns on the ground. He went 9-5 in his 14 starts and was named to his second straight Pro Bowl.

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Cardinals sign DL Christian Ringo, DL Antwaun Woods

The Arizona Cardinals added defensive line depth Friday by signing veterans Antwaun Woods and Christian Ringo to one-year contracts.

Woods, 29, has tallied 88 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries in 47 games (32 starts) with the Tennessee Titans (2016), Dallas Cowboys (2018-20) and Indianapolis Colts (2021).

Ringo, 30, has 41 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 34 games (four starts) with the Green Bay Packers (2016), Detroit Lions (2017), Cincinnati Bengals (2018), Cowboys (2018) and New Orleans Saints (2021).

To clear room on the roster, the Cardinals released tight end David Wells and defensive lineman Matt Dickerson.

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Jul 27, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up during training camp at State Farm Stadium.

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Clause and effect: Cards QB Kyler Murray angered by rising perception

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray signed a massive contract worth up to $230.5 million with Arizona, but there’s a catch.

Murray’s deal includes an atypical film study clause mandating four independent hours breaking down film each week. Murray said Thursday he already watches film as the narratives around commitment and professionalism multiply.

“There’s multiple different ways to watch film. Of course we all watch film,” Murray said Thursday, speaking to the media on a day he was not scheduled for press access to share his stance. “That doesn’t need to be questioned. I refuse to let my work ethic and my preparation be in question. I’ve put in an incomprehensible amount of time in what I do.”

Murray would not answer a question about whether he was bothered by the Cardinals adding the clause to the contract. With the Colts, quarterback Peyton Manning said he watched three hours of film each day before practice during the regular season. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said last season he invests at least 10 hours each week breaking down video of his performance and upcoming opponents.

Murray’s five-year contract outlines that he must start the weekly film study on the first Monday following the end of training camp and continue weekly until Arizona’s final game of the season with bye weeks the only exception.

Murray didn’t put an estimate on the amount of time he spends with the clicker, calling the current conversation around his work habits “disrespectful.”

“To think that I can accomplish everything I’ve accomplished in my career and not be student of the game, not have that passion, not take this serious, it’s almost disrespectful,” he said. “It’s almost a joke. To me … I’m flattered (someone) to think that at my size I can go out there and not prepare for the game and take it serious. To play the position I play in this league, it’s hard. It’s too hard (not to study).”

According to the clause, Murray must study “the material provided to him by the Club in order to prepare for the Club’s next upcoming game.”

Credit will not be given for independent study if Murray is not “personally studying or watching the material while it is being displayed or played” in instances where he’s using an iPad or other type of electronic device, per the contract. If Murray is simultaneously doing something else that distracts him when film is being played, he won’t get credit, either.

If Murray fails to record his weekly four hours of independent film study, he will be ruled to be “in default.”

The addendum begins this season and lasts through 2028, when the Cardinals can pick up a club option.

Murray, 24, threw for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. He went 9-5 in his 14 starts and was named to his second straight Pro Bowl.

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Jan 17, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up before playing against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card playoff game.

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Kyler Murray’s new contract includes independent study clause

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s five-year, $230.5 million contract extension features an addendum that states he must study film for four hours per week throughout the course of the season, according to multiple reports.

The requirement is listed an “independent study addendum” and has four requirements that Murray must fulfill in order to act in accordance with the contract. He must start the weekly film study on the first Monday following the end of training camp and continue weekly until Arizona’s final game of the season, with bye weeks being excluded.

According to the clause, Murray must study “the material provided to him by the Club in order to prepare for the Club’s next upcoming game.”

Credit will not be given for independent study if Murray is not “personally studying or watching the material while it is being displayed or played” in instances where he’s using an iPad or other type of electronic device, per the contract. If Murray is simultaneously doing something else that distracts him when film is being played, he won’t get credit, either.

If Murray fails to record his weekly four hours of independent film study, he will be ruled to be “in default.”

The addendum begins this season and lasts through 2028, when the Cardinals can pick up a club option.

Murray, 24, agreed to the extension on Thursday. He threw for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns last season and went 9-5 in his 14 starts.

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June 14, 2022; Tempe, Arizona; USA; Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws during camp at the Tempe Training facility.

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Going Camping: Arizona Cardinals

It looked like the Arizona Cardinals might have a playoff run in the tank last season, but the 2021 season ended in a 34-11 loss to the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in the wild-card round.

The Cardinals didn’t make much of a splash in the offseason, but focused on keeping their roster intact — and signing quarterback Kyler Murray to a $230.5 million deal.

Training camp location: Glendale, Arizona
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Rookie report date: July 21
Veteran report date: July 26

Key acquisitions: WR Marquise Brown, CB Jeff Gladney, LB Nick Vigil, TE Stephen Anderson, RB Darrel Williams
Key losses: LB Jordan Hicks, DL Jordan Phillips, WR Christian Kirk, RB Chase Edmonds, DE Chandler Jones, OL Max Garcia, CB Malcolm Butler, CB Robert Alford

After losing Christian Kirk, the Cardinals were able to bring in a receiver who might be an even better fit in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense in Marquise Brown. Brown might have a chance to shine after Lamar Jackson’s scramble-first mentality limited his production in Baltimore. Kyler Murray is obviously great out of the pocket as well, but had 99 more pass attempts than Jackson last season. Darrel Williams is also a nice get for an offense that lost Chase Edmonds.

Losing edge rusher Chandler Jones hurts on paper, but he is 32 years old and wanted a rich payday on the back end of his career. The Cardinals are still going to be in the playoff mix in the loaded NFC West, but they really didn’t make any moves that gave them a significant push in the right direction.

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Chiefs at Cardinals 4:25 p.m.
Line: Chiefs -3 (FanDuel)
Total: 52.5

It’s a tough Week 1 matchup for the Cardinals, and their secondary will likely get torn up by Patrick Mahomes. Even without Tyreek Hill, Kansas City’s offense is still going to be a high-powered machine, and it’s hard to imagine that Arizona is up for the challenge right out of the gate.

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It’ll be the first time Kyler Murray has DeAndre Hopkins, Marquise Brown, Zach Ertz, A.J. Green and James Connor together for a full season. He’s great on his feet as well, so if you’re feeling bold, take him to win Offensive Player of the Year at +3000 (FanDuel). It’s certainly a risky bet ($100 bet would net $3000 profit), but could look even better if Hopkins can get his six-game suspension reduced.

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Cardinals TE Maxx Williams placed on PUP list

The Arizona Cardinals placed tight end Maxx Williams on the physically unable to perform list Friday.

Williams has been recovering from a torn ACL he sustained on Oct. 10 in a game against the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

He is eligible to return from the PUP list at any point during training camp. He has to either come off prior to the final roster cutdown in September or remain there through the first six weeks of the regular season.

Williams, 28, had 16 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown in five games last season. He signed a one-year, $1,272,500 contract in the offseason.

Williams has 102 receptions for 994 yards and six scores in 72 career games with the Baltimore Ravens (2015-18) and Cardinals.

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