Safety Aaron Rouse is back in Flagstaff after his car accident yesterday but he will not be practicing after suffering whiplash. Safety Rashad Johnson, who was driving, said the car in front of him had a rear tire blow out. That car began to fishtail and actually flipped a few times in front of the Cardinals. Johnson — who had never been in an accident before — was able to avoid that car, but in the process hit another vehicle.
“It was scary,” said Johnson, who still practiced Monday. “I was lucky to walk out feeling OK without any side effects besides being a little spooked.”
Johnson said it was about 75 miles out of Flagstaff, so speeds were around the 75-mile-an-hour limit — the normal traffic, but awful quick when all of a sudden someone flips in front of you. Johnson said so many teammates ended up stopping he couldn’t even name them all, although Johnson got in the ambulance with Rouse as they went up to Flagstaff. “It was a freak thing,” Johnson said.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt knows it’s not an easy drive to Flagstaff from the Valley but “it can happen from our (Tempe) facility to our homes,” he said. Being cautious on the 100-plus mile drive is “something we talk about all the time.”
As for other things Whiz touched on at lunch:
— He said the rehab of linebacker Gerald Hayes (back) is progressing well and there is a hope Hayes can return soon. Whiz said he wouldn’t rule out Hayes coming back for the start of the regular season, but “I wouldn’t say it is probable either. The next couple weeks is critical.” Hayes has missed so much time, you’d think he’ll need a chunk of practice time before he is ready to play in a game.
— Wide receiver depth is sketchy right now. Ed Gant (foot) may come back this afternoon on a limited basis. Larry Fitzgerald (knee) and Early Doucet (abdomen) have also been out. Whiz said the team is hoping to make it through, but if the non-Fitz injuries linger, there is a chance the Cards will have to make a move.
— He said guard Alan Faneca is getting better in pass protection. “There has been a lot of talk about the demise of Alan Faneca, and I haven’t really seen that,” Whiz said. “Have I seen him get beat in one-on-one pass protections in camp? Sure I have. But Calais (Campbell) is becoming a pretty good pass rusher.”
Tags: Aaron Rouse, Alan Faneca, Calais Campbell, Early Doucet, Ed Gant, Gerald Hayes, Ken Whisenhunt, Larry Fitzgerald, Rashad Johnson, training camp
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