The Cardinals just had their conditioning test and everyone passed, including G Deuce Lutui (whom Mike Jurecki reported yesterday weighed about 360 right now). Lutui actually looked pretty good running and beat out a teammate or two, although some of the veterans clearly know their pace and how fast (or slow) they can run to still make the make-able time. Everyone had to run two sets of 300-yard shuttles, save for the 10-year NFL vets like Bryan Robinson, Adrian Wilson and Anthony Becht.
(Of course, the loopholes kill. Punter Ben Graham smiled as he walked out of Walkup Skydome, where the running was held because of the rain. “Oldest guy on the team and I still had to run two,” he said. Graham is 36, but he’s only in his sixth NFL season — he gets no credit for the 12 years of professional Australian Rules Football he played. Not that Graham has any problem running two 300-yard shuttles.)
Coach Ken Whisenhunt isn’t speaking until after practice this afternoon. Lutui wasn’t available yet either, although I am trying to track him down. We’ll see if the rain comes back, forcing the first practice inside this afternoon. Or if the massive amount of rain already these two days will make it too slippery to be outside. This could be a very wet camp.
On a side note, congrats on a longer-than-expected career for former Cardinal Pro Bowl special teamer Sean Morey, who decided to announce his retirement today when he was supposed to start camp with the Seattle Seahawks. Morey was a good man who squeezed every bit of ability out of his body and gave everything to the Cards. He has become an advocate for the concussion issue in the NFL, although he fought the should-I-play-or-not issue himself. He’s an Ivy Leaguer so he will do fine post-football, but I am guessing he was hoping his NFL life would have lasted a bit longer.
Tags: Ben Graham, Deuce Lutui, Sean Morey
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