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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals held their final full practice Friday before heading to Charlotte, N.C. for the NFC Championship Game.The weather for the session was considerably better than what their counterparts, the Carolina Panthers, experienced back on the east coast.Anyway, here are a few notes from the day, after which head coach Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer spoke at the podium and David Johnson was tracked down in the locker room. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches NFL football practice at the NFL football team’s training facility Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals are scheduled to face the Carolina Panthers in the NFC championship game Sunday in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “Offensive linemen could care less; defensive linemen could care less. So we have some guys with a background of playing in the cold or maybe streetball in the cold, and college.”As for the football itself, Palmer said he isn’t sure if it is easier to throw it when it is cold or when it is wet, noting  the team did practice with a wet ball at times this week.Of course, as Arians noted it appears the Cardinals may not have to worry about rain or extreme cold, which means the team may have dodged a bullet. Palmer, however, does not see it that way.“Like I said, we don’t know. We don’t have any forecasters on our team,” he said. “You can check it as much as you want, but it changes so fast, especially a storm like that. Things come and go really quickly. It looks like it will be OK, but we are prepared for the worst.”David Johnson is ready to goOne of the things Arians began his press conference by stating was that everyone practiced Friday, with some being upgraded in terms of their participation. One of those players was running back David Johnson, who surprisingly showed up on the injury report this week with a toe injury.Arians said Thursday the rookie sprained it, and Friday the running back said all is well. Weather? What weather?Much of the nation is glued to the television checking out what kind of havoc Winter Storm Jonas is causing back east, but the Cardinals themselves aren’t too concerned with the weather they will face upon landing in Charlotte Saturday afternoon.In fact, head coach Bruce Arians thinks the media is overrating the weather angle.“Sunday is going to be 37, wind about six miles an hour,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for better than that in Charlotte.”Arians compared what his team will be playing in Sunday to what it already has this season in games at Seattle and Philadelphia, both of which the Cardinals won. He added what the team faced in Pittsburgh was different with the temperature changing so dramatically during the game, but also that if you are playing games during this time of the year you should probably expect some winter weather.That’s not to say he’s happy about, though.“I feel bad because our fans aren’t going to be able to get there, supposedly because of flights getting cancelled,” he said. “We have some great fans that travel with us and you hope they’ll be able to get in town for the game.” And while it may seem like the Cardinals are at a disadvantage because they are unable to practice in the kind of weather they will be playing in Sunday, Arians says it all has probably helped his team a bit as the Panthers have not been able to keep things normal this week.“I think it’s probably hurt them because of the indoor facility,” he said. “This is one of the best practice areas in the league. Indoors or outdoors, we’re never going to miss or disrupt our week of practice. But yeah, that’s got to be hurting them.”Carson’s cool with the coldWhile Arians said cold or rainy weather shouldn’t be a problem, you’d think if it was, quarterback Carson Palmer would be most effected. The 36-year-old said it does not matter him whether it is warm or cold, dry or rainy, because, “you have to be ready to roll.”But, his perspective also comes from having played in games that dealt with the elements during his time with the Cincinnati Bengals, a benefit some of his teammates do not enjoy.“There are some young guys that have only played in, what is it, 75 degrees today? This kind of weather,” he said. “There are some guys, you think of our young guys, Smokey (John Brown) played in Missouri where it is cold and nasty, and our other two big guys are from Minnesota, so they are used to that.center_img “I’m good, good to go,” he said. “I practiced all day today. It felt great.”Johnson said the injury happened late in the team’s 26-20 OT win over the Green Bay Packers last Saturday,The team’s lead running back will hope to fare better than he did in that game, when he ran for just 25 yards on 15 carries. If he does, the Cardinals may very will find themselves in Super Bowl 50.It’s been quite a run for Johnson, who has gone from a third-round pick out of Northern Iowa to the No. 1 running back on one of the NFL’s best teams. He said he never could have expected his life would take this kind of turn, but he hasn’t had any time to think about it all.“I haven’t had time to sit down and really dwell on the success we’re having, I’m having,” he said. “I’m just going to have to wait until after the season.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img