Locker Room Buzz: Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Observed in the locker room after the Arizona Cardinals' 27-24 win against the Houston Texans.

Surprise, surprise: Rookie running back Andre Ellington said coach Bruce Arians surprised him Monday with plans for the Wildcat. Ellington had run it before in college, so he was used to playing behind center, but he said his arm isn’t good enough to throw passes.

Whislin’ Dixie: Arians said he thought three whistles were blown before running back Rashard Mendenhall fumbled late in the fourth quarter. And he's not the only one. Another offensive player said he thought the play was whistled dead before Texas defensive end J.J. Watt stripped Mendenhall.

Never out of it: A reporter began a question to Andre Roberts by informing the wide receiver that at 5-4 the Cardinals were now in the playoff hunt. Roberts didn’t miss a beat with his reponse: “Yeah, I didn’t know we were out of the playoff hunt.”

Bean counters: Veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby dropped two more interceptions Sunday, and his teammates took notice. He's had a handful throughout the season, and after every one, he gets a good ribbing. After the Houston game, Larry Fitzgerald smiled and laughed a little before telling the media that he's definitely counting up Dansby's drops.