• by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

    John Carlson's surprise retirement leaves Cardinals in a bind at TE

    The unexpected retirement of John Carlson has left the Cardinals depleted of experienced tight ends on the roster, reports ESPN.com.Troy Niklas, last year's second-round pick, and Darren Fells are currently the only tight ends on the team who caught passes in 2014, combining for eight receptions and 109 yards during the regular season.Carlson caught 33 passes for 350 yards and one touchdown last season.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Cardinals TE John Carlson announces retirement

    Cardinals tight end John Carlson has decided to retire from the NFL, the team announced. "After much thought and consideration, my wife Danielle and I know that this is best decision for us," Carlson said in a statement. "I was blessed to play seven seasons in the NFL for three tremendous organizations - the Cardinals, Vikings and Seahawks. I will always treasure the experiences and relationships made during that time but I'm also very excited about the next phase of my life and what's ahead." Carlson announced the decision Tuesday and the Cardinals placed him on the reserve/retired list. In 2014, he caught 33 passes for 350 yards and one touchdown.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald good to go for Week 17

    Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald is active Week 17 against the 49ers. Fitzgerald entered the contest listed as probable due to a knee injury. He was never a serious candidate to miss the game. The club will also have Lorenzo Alexander, Jaron Brown, Calais Campbell, Rashad Johnson, Ted Larsen, Tyrann Mathieu and Matt Shaughnessy for the contest. All seven players were also considered probable. Deone Bucannon, John Carlson and Dan Williams will all attempt to play through injuries. They were all listed as questionable coming into the game.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Cardinals list four as questionable for Sunday against San Francisco

    With quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) already declared out, the Cardinals listed four players as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers including Deone Bucannon (knee), John Carlson (calf), Johnathan Cooper (wrist) and Dan Williams (foot). Linebacker Larry Foote is also listeed as doubtful for the game with a knee injury. Foote has not missed a game this season, totaling 84 tackles and two sacks. The Cardinals have also listed the following players as probable: Lorenzo Alexander (knee), Jaron Brown (toe), Calais Campbell (hip), Larry Fitzgerald (knee), Rashad Johnson (ankle), Ted Larsen (shoulder), Tyrann Mathieu (thumb) and Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder).

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Cardinals' Michael Floyd leads team in receiving yards vs. Rams

    Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd caught two of his three targets for a team-high 55 yards in his team's 12-6 win over the Rams in Week 15. Floyd kicked off the team's second scoring drive by hauling in a 49-yard pass, beating his man deep and catching a perfectly placed ball before being brought down. He didn't have much more of an impact on the game, but the Cardinals resorted to ball control and excellent defense to pick up the win. Larry Fitzgerald was the only Arizona player with more than two receptions, catching seven passes for 30 yards. Rookie John Brown caught two of his six targets for 22 yards. Tight end John Carlson and wide receiver Ted Ginn each caught their only target. The Cardinals have a tough matchup on the schedule next week, facing the Seahawks at home in Week 16.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Cardinals get offensive contributions in narrow victory

    The Cardinals got a slew of offensive contributions in their 17-14 win over the visiting Chiefs. Wideout Jaron Brown caught two passes for 48 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown, and running back Robert Hughes had a 36-yard reception. Tight end Rob Housler made a 20-yard grab, wideout Ted Ginn had an 8-yard catch and tight end John Carlson added a 1-yard reception. Rookie receiver John Brown was targeted four times without a catch. They'll all visit the Rams on Thursday.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Cardinals pass catchers make an impact Week 13

    The Cardinals backup pass catchers managed to make an impact Week 13 against the Falcons. Ted Ginn Jr. led the way, picking up 61 yards on four receptions. He finished second on the team in yardage during the game. John Brown only had two catches, but managed to pick up 40 yards. John Carlson also made the most of his receptions, picking up 38 yards. Stepfan Taylor only had one catch, but made it count. He hauled in a 3 yard touchdown from Drew Stanton in the fourth quarter. They'll look for more Week 14 against the Chiefs.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Cardinals WR John Brown paces tepid receiving attack in Week 12

    Cardinals wide receiver John Brown caught three of his five targets for a team-high 61 yards in Arizona's 19-3 loss in Seattle in Week 12. Brown's reception late in the third quarter was a thing of beauty, shaking off his coverage while djusting to an underthrown ball and barely keeping his toes in bounds while falling to the sideline. The play stood after being challenged by the Seahawks. Unfortunately, it was one of precious few highlights for the passing game against a stout Seattle defense. Michael Floyd was held catchless on just two offical targets, and only four players on the Cardinals offense were able to haul in at least one reception. Running back Andre Ellington managed a team-high five catches, while tight end John Carlson caught three passes for 25 yards and wide receiver Jaron Brown hauled in three passes for 24 yards. Larry Fitzgerald was inactive with a sprained knee ligament. The Cardinals offense will hope to bounce back with a likely easier matchup in Atlanta in Week 13.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Cardinals get offensive contributions Week 11

    The Cardinals got many contributions in their Week 11 home win over the Lions. Among them, tight end John Carlson caught all three of his targets for 37 yards, and running back Robert Hughes had a 49-yard reception and a 2-yard carry. Tight end Rob Housler made a 27-yard catch, tight end Troy Niklas had a 5-yard grab and wideout Jaron Brown added a 5-yard reception. Running back Stepfan Taylor ran twice for 6 yards and made a 4-yard catch. They'll all visit the Seahawks in Week 12.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Michael Floyd, other Cardinals pass catchers struggle Week 10

    Cardinals wideout Michael Floyd had a rough game Week 10 against the Rams. Floyd hauled in just one pass, gaining 11 yards. He was targeted four times during the contest. Jaron Brown actually finished third in receiving on the day, picking up 35 yards on three catches. Tight end John Carlson had 33 yards on two receptions. Troy Niklas caught just one pass, gaining 17 yards. Ted Ginn Jr. also caught one pass, but gained 15 yards. Rob Housler gained 11 yards on his only catch. Floyd and the crew will take on the Lions Week 11.