The Cardinals Are Here!

Looks like the Arizona Cardinals have arrived in the Nation's Capital as indicated by these tweeted photos of Larry Fitzgerald , visiting both the Capitol and the White House on a cloudy Saturday afternoon. He even made to the Washington Monument.

Fitzgerald tweeted: "Doing some sight seeing here in Washington DC".

Fitzgerald collage by CD Brown/DC UrbanSports

Fitzgerald and the rest of the Cardinals face off with the Redskins tomorrow at Fed Ex Field in what will be a 'reunion' of sorts for Skins' Tim Hightower, who until this summer, played for the Cardinals until he was released, signing with the Redskins this past July.

It will be an opportunity for Hightower to show the Cardinals what they've been missing since their decision to make Beanie Wells their starting guy.

“Tim did a number of great things for us", said Cardinal's coach Ken Whisenhunt. "There were a number of big games that we had here where Tim had significant contributions. He’s a good football player. It was not an easy decision to trade him, but, to be fair to Tim and give him an opportunity to be a starter based on what we projected his role to be here, we thought it was a good move for both teams. You never want to allow one of your good players to leave your team, but I had so much respect for Tim and what he did for us and I care about Tim. I know that he wanted to be the guy and have an opportunity to do that. Part of it was giving him that opportunity.”

Hightower (6-0, 222) is entering his fourth NFL season after spending the previous three with Arizona, which drafted him in the fifth round (No. 149 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has played in 48 career games, including 36 starts, and rushed for 1,733 yards and 23 touchdowns on 439 carries. Hightower has also made 118 receptions for 801 yards.

Last week, against the New York Giants (the team's season opening game), Hightower scored a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, his first as a Redskin. It was the 27th of his NFL career and his first since Dec. 12, 2010, when he had a 35-yard touchdown run against the Denver Broncos.

When Hightower first came to the Redskins organization this summer, he was delighted to be back home (near Alexandria, Virginia where he grew up).

He shared a bit of that excitement at training camp, and also assured the media that he was the guy for this Redskins team.

(For those of you who haven't seen this yet)

Guess he's living up to those words. Coach Shanahan who said he "likes what he sees" out of Hightower, calling him "a good addition to our football team".

In the trade for Hightower, the Cardinals, whom Hightower said he "respects" and calls "a good group of guys", picked up former Redskin Vonnie Holiday in this summer's switch-a-roo of players past and present.

Seen on the Tweets.

Whisenhunt says of Holliday that he brings "good leadership and consistent steady play. I’m very happy to have him and he’s a good veteran, especially with the young defensive linemen that we have. I think he’s done a very good job in that role.”

Sunday's game will be a reunion, of sorts, for Holliday as well.

It's pretty fresh in my mind. It was a little over a month ago I was right in there, mixing it up with those guys."

Going into Sunday's game, the big question will be whether safety LaRon Landry is ready to go. Landry has been nursing a pulled hamstring and sat out Game 1, and while he wants to play, the team is keeping his status on the down low, calling him "questionable".

Landry joins a Orakpo (ankle), Banks (knee), Cooley (knee), Keyaron Fox (back), and Nick Sundberg (hand) on the list of players with maladies going into the second game of the season.

As for Landry's status, "We’ll keep our fingers crossed” said coach Shanahan.

As for the Cardinals, they may be without their linebackers, Daryl Washington and Joey Porter.

Sunday's game starts at 1 pm.

The Cardinals are looking to continue their high coming off a 28-21 win over the Carolina Panthers that saw rookie Cam Newton throw for an amazing 422 yards. The best yardage ever in a game for an NFL rookie.

Other gameday activities.
Former NFL quarterbacks Joe Theismann (whom Holliday finds inspiration)and Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins’ alumni, Joe Montana and Doug Flutie, will join in introducing the stadium's new solar panels, powered by NRG Energy. The former players will participate in a switch flipping ceremony at halftime.

What? No Darryl Green, Doug Williams, or Joe Gibbs to join this stellar lineup?

The Washington Redskins name Mike Lalli of Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia as Redskins High School Coach of the Week for the week of September 12, 2011.

Coach Lalli is currently in his seventh year as head coach at Chantilly High School. In his six seasons with the team, Lalli has led the Chargers to an overall record of 49-25 and has competed in the Northern Region championship game three times; winning the region once. He was named the 2005 Concord District Coach of the Year, 2006 Region Coach of the Year and 2006 Gameday Magazine and Fairfax Hall of Fame Coach of the Year. Last weekend, Chantilly upset #2 Stone Bridge 22-14 on the strength of their defense with five interceptions. The Chargers are currently 2-0 and ranked eighth in the state of Virginia.

The Redskins High School Coach of the Week program is designed to recognize and reward excellence in high school football coaching.


Breaking News: Larry Fitzgerald has just visited the Lincoln Memorial as well.