The Cardinals are holding out the five players that had been expected to be held out: WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), WR Andre Roberts (shoulder), RB Jason Wright (toe), RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (concussion) and LB Gerald Hayes (PUP-back).
The Hyphen, by the way, not only got his concussion in the third preseason game, his previous NFL concussion as a rookie last year was also in the third preseason game. He is expected to be OK for the opener. “It’s your brain, and if its telling me not to go ahead or go on, I am definitely going to listen to my body,” Stephens-Howling said, adding that “we’ll get it right.”
The Redskins, on the other hand, are going to make sure everyone is right tonight. If there is a “name” on the Washington roster (that isn’t Albert Haynesworth), the guy is sitting tonight. McNabb, Grossman, Portis, Cooley, Moss, Orakpo, etc., etc. Thirty 29 players in all are scratches. (That’s a lot of work for the other 45 46 guys on the roster). It’s typical for coach Mike Shanahan, who used to do the same thing in all the preseason finales between the Cards and his Broncos.
Oh, and the Cards are wearing the black jerseys tonight, so they’ve got that going for them.
Tags: Andre Roberts, Gerald Hayes, Jason Wright, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Larry Fitzgerald
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