UPDATE: Just talked to coach Ken Whisenhunt. Beanie Wells, who suffered a rib injury in practice (see details below), is only sore and will be day-to-day. A CT scan showed there is no fracture or other damage. “He just got hit on the ribs, and that’s football,” said Whisenhunt, who said Abdullah was just doing his job by getting in good tackling position and Beanie was running a bit too high.
Not exactly how you want the afternoon practice to go: Running back Beanie Wells suffered a rib injury after being hit by safety Hamza Abdullah, and Wells was carted off for further examination.
Wells was sitting in the front seat of the cart, so it wasn’t like he was laid out. Abdullah went over to Wells, who was doubled over on the ground for a minute or two after it happened before gingerly standing up and walking off to the sideline.
“I just tried to to be in good tackling position and at the last minute, I guess instincts took over,” Abdullah said. “I didn’t get out of the way.
“Right now, I am just focused on Beanie and praying he is OK because that is not what I am out here to do, hurt anyone, especially one of my teammates. I want to practice the right way. Coach Whiz does a great job taking care of us.”
Abdullah said he knew right away something was wrong.
“He probably just wasn’t ready for the hit, and I didn’t go into it … my intentions weren’t to hit him and definitely not to hurt him,” Abdullah said. “Prayers go to him and hopefully he is OK.”
It was a normal 11-on-11 running play. Cameras were there, so I am guessing video will emerge eventually from a media outlet (UPDATE: And here it is, from KTAR’s Dave Burns). I don’t think this will be anything major. It could cost Beanie training camp time, yes (but even that isn’t for sure). I am guessing the next update won’t come until tomorrow when Whisenhunt addresses the throng at lunchtime.
Tags: Beanie Wells, Hamza Abdullah, Ken Whisenhunt, training camp
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