Deuce Lutui came out to talk at lunch. The guard was in a good mood — why wouldn’t he be — although he acknowledged he weighed 360 at his physical. He said he didn’t notice that he actually beat out some other linemen in the conditioning test.
“I wasn’t really looking to the right or left of me,” Lutui said. “All I knew was, in the last stretch, get your ass over the line. It was good to finish strong and knowing I had teammates to welcome me in at the finish line and give me recognition of doing the right things. … I wasn’t at the weight I wanted to show up but my cholesterol is down, heart rate was nice, so I was cleared.”
Football, after all the talk about him in the offseason, is Lutui’s big goal now. “That’s my mission. Deuce Lutui is here to get with the fellas and knock some heads around. It’s something I have been missing. I feel I have had a Brett Favre offseason and I want to come out and showcase my athleticism.”
As for all the talk about him and his weight this offseason, Lutui said he tried not to pay too close of attention. “I knew within my mind what I was about to do. I am here and that’s all that counts. I am happy to be here with the boys and the coaches and try to get with their good graces. … There are some rumors going around (that I weighed) 396, and I have said before I am the Lindsay Lohan of the offensive line, get bad media coverage. But that’s how it goes.”
He was almost late getting to a meeting, and ended the interview by saying, “I’ve got to run, fellas.” And then Deuce did just that — he ran.
— Postscript, the Cards have an injury in camp already. Defensive lineman Dean Muhtadi, Iron Sheik on the team and the happiest man on the roster, was not so happy after the run test. He was limping with some sort of right leg injury. Coach Ken Whisenhunt talks after practice this afternoon. But it’s a bummer for a guy who is impossible not to root for.
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