Some fabricated quotes that allegedly came from Cardinals players circulated the Internet this week, sparking irritation not only from fans of the Chicago Bears but at least one player.
Defensive tackle Tommie Harris took the bait when he ranted to Chicago reporters that “Arizona has not given us respect.”
When it was pointed out that most quotes from opposing players do praise the Bears, Harris acknowledged “our coordinators only tell us the bad stuff they hear.” He also didn’t want to end up on a bulletin board himself.
“Don’t go blow this up on a big blotter that says, ‘Tommie says Arizona sucks,’ ” Harris said. “Arizona’s a good football team. The Chicago Bears are a good football team. Tune in on Monday for a great game.”
The dissemination of the fake quotes came on an Internet message board from a Bears fan who allegedly lives in the Valley and heard the quotes on the radio either Monday or Tuesday. It’s easily dismissed, however, because — with the Cards playing Monday and the schedule changed — no players were available to the media until Wednesday. Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby, one of the players who supposedly slighted the Bears, just smiled at the idea any of the Cards would even want to pop off and disrespect the 5-0 Bears.
“There’s no need,” Dansby said.
EAST VALLEY BEARS
The Bears bring an East Valley flair to the roster with three home-grown starters. Safety Mike Brown prepped at Scottsdale Saguaro, while tackle John Tait and defensive tackle Tank Johnson went to Tempe McClintock.
Brown, the one-time two-way high school star who was the state’s top running back in 1995, downplayed his return.
“I’m pretty excited to go back, but it’s all about business for me,” Brown said. “It’s not a fun trip for me. Well, it’s going to be fun, but it’s a business trip for me.”
Tait, on the other hand, was desperately seeking seats for a game that has been sold out since July.
“I’m looking for tickets,” Tait said. “It’s a big deal. I’ve got a lot of family and friends coming, and I’m really jacked up.”
ROLLE FINED AGAIN
A rough year for cornerback Antrel Rolle continued this week when the NFL fined him $12,500 for the “major face mask” penalty he had against Kansas City running back Larry Johnson Sunday. Rolle’s desperate attempt to lunge for Johnson after a 78-yard screen-pass-and-run late in the game ended when he yanked Johnson down by the face mask, turning Johnson’s head around and forcing Johnson to the ground for a few minutes.
Rolle was fined $5,000 earlier this season for a tackle on Seattle running back Shaun Alexander.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring), defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy (ankle), guard Milford Brown (ankle) and linebacker James Darling (calf) all missed practice again Friday and will not play Monday. . . .
The Cards may catch a break because Bears star defensive end Adewale Ogunleye is expected to miss the game with a hamstring injury.