WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month, the Supreme Court said.Ginsburg was not on the bench as the court met Monday to hear arguments. It was not clear when she would return to the court, which will hear more cases on Tuesday and Wednesday, and again next week.Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the 85-year-old justice is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.Ginsburg was discharged from a New York hospital on Dec. 25.Chief Justice John Roberts said in the courtroom Monday that Ginsburg would participate in deciding the argued cases “on the basis of the briefs and transcripts of oral arguments.”Ginsburg had two earlier cancer surgeries in 1999 and 2009 that did not cause her to miss court sessions. She also has broken ribs on at least two occasions.
Maybe it wasn’t ever going to be much of a contest. Elliot Harrison of NFL.com set out to name the best player in every NFC team’s history, and the Arizona Cardinals’ selection really doesn’t come as much of a surprise.ARIZONA CARDINALS: Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiverWhen you think of Fitzgerald’s career, you probably begin to ponder hard-luck athletes across sports. Of course, that’s really the story with every great player in Cardinals history — there just haven’t been enough winning seasons to go around. That said, the first thought that comes to my mind is Fitzgerald’s performance in the 2008 postseason: 30 catches for 546 yards and seven touchdowns! Another Larry, Hall of Fame safety Larry Wilson, was the toughest competition here. Harrison notes Fitzgerald’s historic postseason run, which was truly something to behold. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories But besides that, the former No. 3 overall selection in 2004 has amassed 846 receptions, 11,367 yards and 87 touchdowns in 10 seasons, all of which have come with the Cardinals. An eight-time Pro Bowler and one-time First-Team All-Pro, Fitzgerald is also the first (and only) Cardinal to appear on the cover of EA Sports’ Madden NFL Football video game, which he did so for the “Madden 10” in 2009.