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Kolb, Cardinals battered in fall from unbeatens

Associated Press Modified: October 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012
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Both have struggled mightily against pass rushers on the edge. Massie has been particularly vulnerable.

"I'm trying to get better every practice, every game," Massie said. "I've just got to keep working at it."

Only two tight ends were active because of injury, and one of them (Housler) not really a blocked. The team also didn't have running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, who despite his diminutive size is good at picking up the blitz.

That severely limited Arizona's ability to give the line some help.

Colledge said he knows the line only gets noticed when it fails, and that it takes the brunt of the criticism even if there are problems elsewhere that contributed to the assault on Kolb.

"That's how this game works," Colledge said. "We're kind of quiet soldiers. When things are going good, it's all about the skill guys and we're great with that. And when it goes bad, it's on us and we know that. That's great, that's what we signed up for."

The line, he said, is "going to find a way to grow from this and get better."

The rush might not have been so fierce had Arizona been able to run the ball. After gaining 28 yards against Miami, the Cardinals got 45 yards rushing against the Rams.

Already without running back Beanie Wells until at least Nov. 25, the Cardinals lost Ryan Williams to a left shoulder injury. Whisenhunt said that after treatment Williams could have gone back into the game, but there was no point in risking it.

After a poor performance on a short turnaround on Thursday night, the Cardinals have nine days to recover and prepare for their Oct. 14 home game against Buffalo.

After that, it's a rough stretch that begins at Minnesota, followed by a Monday night home contest against San Francisco, and road games against Green Bay and Atlanta.

Still, the Cardinals still are 4-1, and that's better than most of the rest of the NFL.

"We'll look at a lot of things that we've got to do, but I'm not going to panic," Whisenhunt said. "We've got a team that's tough mentally. They'll bounce back from this."

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