Coach Ken Whisenhunt said tight end Ben Patrick should be back for the regular season after hurting his left knee at practice last night.
“It wasn’t as bad as we thought it was when he was down on the field or what we thought afterward,” Whisenhunt said. “He displaced his kneecap, it’s back in, but there is no ligament damage. It’ll be a few weeks and he should be able to return. It was a lot better news than what we thought last night.”
Whisenhunt said the Cards will try and make it through Saturday with their current tight ends. Whiz doesn’t want to make a roster move, but right now, Stephen Spach and Dominique Byrd are the only healthy tight ends. Jim Dray (quad) and Anthony Becht (back) have been sitting out, although Whisenhunt said he hopes both will be back soon. Long snapper Mike Leach, who is a tight end by trade, can fill in as well.
– As for his thoughts on the night practice, Whisenhunt said “we had some mental mistakes but we have to work through them and that’s why you have those practices.”
– The coach praised the camp so far of new left tackle Levi Brown.
– As for the constant trash talking, Whisenhunt said it was part of the intensity of camp. “A lot of that chatter, that goes back to the team making each other accountable,” he said.
– A tidbit from quarterback Matt Leinart — he took his offensive linemen on a trip to Hawaii this offseason, helping the bonding effort. Yes, Leinart paid. (UPDATE: Turns out he brought Levi Brown, Brandon Keith, Lyle Sendlein and Jeremy Bridges. Alan Faneca was already in Hawaii).
Tags: Anthony Becht, Ben Patrick, Jim Dray, Levi Brown, Matt Leinart, Mike Leach, Stephen Spach
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