The Cardinals returned to practice after the weekend off — and the coaches are back from Russ Grimm’s induction to Canton (although not Russ quite yet; he’ll be back this afternoon). Among the highlights this morning:
— One tight end returns (Anthony Becht) just as another goes down (Dominique Byrd — hamstring). Coach Ken Whisenhunt did say Ben Patrick (knee) is coming along faster than expected. We’ll see if that really will mean anything down the road.
— DRC did pick off Matt Leinart this morning, but probably held Steve Breaston a little (or a lot?). Call it the reverse Fitz push.
— CB Greg Toler had another interception this morning. It’s good that he’s made some plays. Tru McBride is still running with the ones (he was back from his groin injury) but Toler seems to be making a push forward.
— WR Stephen Williams was on display again, catching a TD on an end zone fade from Derek Anderson in 7-on-7 and then grabbing a 50-some yard TD bomb from John Skelton on a purposely underthrown pass later.
— Leinart was optimistic on the first-team offense so far: “I think he have showed a lot of what we can potentially be.”
— Asked if he knew who No. 14 was on the team — it’s Williams — Leinart smiled and said, “The Playmaker!”
— Whisenhunt said LB Paris Lenon has distanced himself from the other middle linebackers and has shown “a lot of leadership.” That’s a good sign at a position where the Cards need good signs.
Tags: Anthony Becht, Ben Patrick, Derek Anderson, Dominique Byrd, DRC, Greg Toler, John Skelton, Matt Leinart, Paris Lenon, Russ Grimm, Stephen Williams, Steve Breaston, Trumaine McBride
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