With Giants coming to town, Cardinals deal with fallout from James' release request

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TEMPE -- Three days before the defending Super Bowl champions come to town, the Arizona Cardinals found themselves talking about , who wants out of town.

No longer a significant part of Arizona's offense, the running back has , a request the club has denied.

Now the question is whether the stir over James' request will affect the Cardinals as they race toward their first division title since they moved to the desert in 1988.

On Sunday, Arizona plays host to the New York Giants on the same field where the Giants won the Super Bowl last February.

But the first four questions fired at Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt after yesterday's practice had to do with James, who has carried three times for five yards since being replaced by rookie Tim Hightower three weeks ago.

Cardinals general manager Rod Graves reiterated yesterday that the club has no plans to release James.

The 30-year-old James has one year left on a four-year, $30-million deal, but it's widely thought this will be his last year in Arizona.

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