Running back Beanie Wells sat out practice again Thursday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he’s comfortable with a Tim Hightower-LaRod Stephens-Howling- Jason Wright combo in St. Louis, and more importantly, he doesn’t want to rush Wells and his bruised knee. “We will see,” Whisenhunt said, adding, “it wouldn’t be a stretch to bring Beanie to the game knowing you can use him and if you don’t, you still have three other guys.”
“What concerns me, I don’t want this to be something in Week 12, Week 13 or Week 14 that you are having issues with,” Whisenhunt said. “If we feel Beanie has made enough progress by Sunday, he will play. If we don’t, like I said, I feel strongly about who we have at the position.”
— Whiz on linebacker Daryl Washington: “Am I surprised he’s starting? You know, probably a little bit.”
— Linebacker Joey Porter was back at work after resting his back some. Wright looks better walking around on his sore toe too. Here is the full injury report.
— Whisenhunt said he hasn’t decided on a punt returner yet. It’ll probably be a rookie, Max Komar or Andre Roberts, I would guess.
— Whiz mentioned he doesn’t want to put too much into the game plan in the first game. That got him in trouble in his first game as head coach, in 2007 at San Francisco, and he has vowed not to let it happen again.
Tags: Andre Roberts, Beanie Wells, Daryl Washington, Jason Wright, Joey Porter, Ken Whisenhunt, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Max Komar, Tim Hightower
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