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Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork. Brian ONeill Vikings Jersey .com) - Another week, another key injury. This time it was Antonio Cromartie. The Arizona Cardinals, though, still keep finding ways to win and remain atop the NFC West. Drew Stanton tossed a go-ahead 26-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown late in the third quarter and Arizonas defense held off Kansas City in the fourth as the Cardinals edged the Chiefs 17-14 on Sunday. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce fumbled the ball at the Arizona 16 with 5:23 remaining and the Cardinals drained the ensuing 4:14 off the clock by picking up a pair of first downs. After Chandler Catanzaro hit the left upright on a 34-yard field goal with 1:09 left, the Chiefs mustered just seven yards before turning the ball over on downs. Alex Smiths short pass to Jason Avant fell incomplete on a 4th- and-15 with 11 ticks on the clock. Arizonas defense shut out the Chiefs in the second half after surrendering two scores to Jamaal Charles in the opening 30 minutes. He ran for a 63-yard touchdown and caught an 18-yard TD pass. Smith went 12-of-13 in the first half, but was limited to 14-of-26 efficiency in the second. He threw for 293 yards in all. Kerwynn Williams, elevated from the practice squad to fill in for Andre Ellington, who has a hip injury, carried the ball 19 times for 100 yards. Stanton had lost two of his last three starts coming in after Carson Palmer was lost for the season with a knee injury during a Week 10 victory over St. Louis. He was 15-of-30 for 239 yards for Arizona (10-3), which remained a game ahead of the Seattle Seahawks for first place in the NFC West. Seattle beat Philadelphia 24-14 on Sunday. Ball-hawking safety Tyrann Mathieu will miss significant time after fracturing his left thumb and the secondary took another blow with the loss of Cromartie. He hurt his left Achilles during the middle stages of the fourth and had to be carted off the field. Charles gained 91 yards on 10 totes, while Kelce totaled 110 yards on seven receptions for the Chiefs (7-6), who have dropped three straight on the heels of a five-game winning streak. Alex Okafor intercepted Smiths pass over the middle intended for Albert Wilson and returned it 26 yards to the Kansas City 42. Stanton fired his 26- yard score on a 3rd-and-18 when Brown broke free on a left seam pattern. Stanton then flipped a two-point conversion to John Carlson to give the Cardinals a 17-14 edge with 3:26 to go in the third. The Chiefs got the ball back with 6:51 left following a Cardinals three-and- out and Smith hit Kelce down the right sideline for a 29-yard gain. Smith tossed a hitch pass to Kelce to convert a 3rd-and-4, but Arizona safety Deone Bucannon forced a fumble after the 18-yard reception and cornerback Justin Bethel made the recovery. Earlier, Catanzaro nailed a 44-yard field goal to finish off Arizonas opening drive, but the Chiefs went in front on their third offensive snap of the game. Charles broke free off right tackle and scampered down the sideline for his 63- yard score. It was the longest run the Cardinals defense has allowed all season. The Cardinals drove the ball to the Kansas City 38 on their next touch, but Robert Hughes lost a yard on a 3rd-and-1 and Arizona elected to punt. Arizona did put up points on its ensuing touch. Rob Housler hauled in a 20- yard reception on a 3rd-and-2 and Stanton hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 5-yard gain on the following 3rd-and-2 to put it in field goal range. Justin Houston sacked Stanton on a 3rd-and-goal and the Cardinals settled for a 33-yard Catanzaro field goal to cut the deficit to 7-6 midway through the second. The Chiefs answered on their next march. Arizona brought an all-out blitz on a 3rd-and-14 and Smith darted through a huge running lane up the middle to pick up 21 yards. The Chiefs then moved the chains on a 3rd-and-20 later in the drive when Dwayne Bowe took in a pass over the middle and hurdled a defender en route to a 22-yard gain. Charles caught a swing pass in the right flat and cut inside on Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebacker OBrien Schofield prior to crossing the goal line for an 18-yard score to make it 14-6 with 1:12 to play in the second. Catanzaro hit the right upright on a 36-yard field goal attempt in the waning seconds of the half. Game Notes Fitzgerald returned after missing the last two games with a sprained right knee. He had four catches for 34 yards ... Arizona moved to 7-0 at home this season ... The Chiefs outgained the Cardinals 390-366 ... Arizona has forced four turnovers in its last three games after taking the ball away eight times in its previous three. Trevor Siemian Jersey . 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With all that in mind, new Wolves President Flip Saunders swallowed hard and made the decision to part with the former No. 2 overall draft pick, sending him to Sacramento for defensive specialist Luc Mbah Moute. "We need to do something where coach can get some trust into his bench and play those guys more," Saunders said after the deal was completed on Tuesday. "Coach is going to play guys that he feels he trusts that can go out there and play for him and help him win." Williams was the highest draft pick in franchise history when the Wolves grabbed him in 2011. But his style of play didnt mesh with Adelmans system, he played the same position as the teams best player and the impasse reached a breaking point early this season. Williams missed one game because of back spasms and did not play in four other games as Adelman elected to go with Robbie Hummel and Dante Cunningham with the second unit instead. Adelman wanted to see more energy from Williams on both ends of court. But Williams often said that he had difficulty getting into the flow of the game when he only played in fits and starts. He bounced between small forward and power forward in two-plus years with the Wolves, averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. And so the Wolves cut ties with a 22-year-old whose value on the market had plunged right along with his playing time. "I just didnt foresee Derrick being able to play much," Saunders said. "And if a guys not playing, usually your value is not going to go up. So when weve got someone we thought was going to fit what we were looking for, we just thought it was right." The Kings are hoping Williams can bring some offensive punch to a team that could use some more of it in the frontcourt alongside DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings have been searching for an answer at power forward after Carl Landry went out with a torn hip flexor in the preseason. Theyve used Jason Thompson and Patrick Patterson to varying degrees of success and see Williams as a player who may just need a change of scenery to realize hiis potential. Randy Moss Jersey. "Were excited to acquire a player with Derricks skillset," Kings GM Pete DAlessandro said in a statement issued by the team. "He will add size, length and serve as a scoring threat in our frontcourt. We also want to thank Luc for his contributions during the short time he was a King. We wish him the best." Williams is more comfortable playing the power forward, which he showed when filling in for the injured Kevin Love last season. But with Love back healthy this year, and Cunningham earning Adelmans trust as a veteran off the bench, there was little room for the 22-year-old. Williams played less than 15 minutes per game this season, much of it in garbage time during blowouts. "Derricks still young and still has that potential," Saunders said. "Unfortunately, many times for that potential to be able to marinate and develop, sometimes they have to get extended minutes." The move will help the Wolves balance their roster a little bit, relieving a glut at power forward while addressing a weakness at small forward. The 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute played with Love in college at UCLA and brings some toughness and defensive presence that the Wolves are sorely lacking. With Chase Budinger still not close to playing while he recovers from knee surgery, the Wolves needed another body to help take some of the pressure off of Corey Brewer as the teams primary perimeter defender. Adelman has told others in the organization that he likes Mbah a Moutes game, an important endorsement if the Wolves were going to cut ties with Williams. Mbah a Moutes size will help the Wolves better matchup with some of the toughest covers in the West, including Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant, the Clippers Blake Griffin and Dirk Nowitzki from Dallas. Aside from Ricky Rubio, the fifth overall pick in 2009, the Wolves have gotten next to nothing from former President David Kahns drafts. Jonny Flynn (sixth overall in 2009), Wes Johnson (fourth overall in 2010) and now Williams are all gone. While Flynn is out of the league and Johnson has struggled to find carve a niche, Saunders believes Williams isnt a bust, just a player in need of a better fit. "I believe Rick was just forced into a situation where youre playing a guy whos playing like MVP of the league, which he has been," Saunders said of Love, "and you dont see that really changing."

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