Not only did we get coach Ken Whisenhunt for a lunchtime presser today, but also Russ Grimm — the man is going into the Hall of Fame this weekend — and newcomer Dan Williams. Bits and pieces from all (although I will have Grimm and Williams stories up later today):
— Williams passed his conditioning test, although Whisenhunt said he was told by Justin Casey — the Cards’ front office man who drove Williams up to Flagstaff — the Williams must have brought up the test “at least 25 times” on the two-and-a-half hour ride. Williams was fine, and he weighed in at 325 pounds, which is actually a little lower than his max allowed weight.
— Grimm is set to leave after the night practice tomorrow to go to Canton for the Hall of Fame induction. He has to stay through the game Sunday night, so he will have to return next Monday. I’m sure he isn’t thrilled having to be gone that long, but duty calls, and you’re only inducted into the Hall of Fame once.
— Whisenhunt said he likes the work he has seen from fullback Nehemiah Broughton and fellow FB Charles Ali is in the mix, but the Cards are also using tight end Dominique Byrd in the backfield some and Whiz likes how that has looked. If Byrd can do well there, it would go a long way toward helping him stick on the roster.
— Whiz, asked about Brett Favre, you know, if Favre really is retiring, what his thoughts were. “We talked about this last year,” deadpanned Whisenhunt. The coach talked about how much respect he has for Favre, noting “I know (retirement) is a decision he has to make. This game and this league will miss him if he doesn’t play.” Whiz was then asked if that meant he was one of those out there that thinks Favre still hasn’t made up his mind. Quipped Whisenhunt, “Like I said, we had this conversation last year.”
Tags: Charles Ali, Dan Williams, Dominique Byrd, Nehemiah Broughton, Russ Grimm
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