Running back Beanie Wells did have minor arthroscopic knee surgery after he was hurt Sept. 2 in the preseason finale, coach Ken Whisenhunt acknowledged Friday, but it was never anything serious, the coach insisted.
“He cleaned it out, but it wasn’t like a normal procedure where you are down ‘X’ amount of weeks,” Whisenhunt said. “It was a day-to-day thing. It was something he had done in college and he played a week later.
“It was definitely something we wanted to check out, but it was never anything we thought was serious where it would keep him from playing on a week-to-week basis.”
Beanie told Kent Somers it was a torn meniscus. That explains Beanie’s will-he-or-won’t-he status of the past couple weeks, and why the Cards kept waiting to make sure swelling wasn’t a long-term issue. Wells will play Sunday barring something crazy, even though Whisenhunt shook his head when asked if he was 100 percent sure Beanie will play. “It’s a good chance,” Whisenhunt said. “Nothing is for sure yet. Anything can happen.”
— Beanie’s return allows the Cards to put LaRod Stephens-Howling back on special teams coverage. The Hyphen has not been able to play there in the first two games because the Cards couldn’t risk another running back injury. Having LSH back on special teams should be a huge boost in the coverage game. He was Pro Bowl-caliber last season.
— LB Gerald Hayes (back) can’t practice with the team until six weeks are up, according to PUP rules. That means it’s impossible to know if Hayes is truly ready to go yet. Whisenhunt said he is progressing well, but until Hayes can actually do football work, his future remains up in the air.
— Three Cardinals were fined after the game in Atlanta. S Kerry Rhodes was hit for $2,500 for contact with an official. S Adrian Wilson and NT Bryan Robinson each were fined $5,000; Wilson for a blow to the head and Robinson for a major facemask.
— Finally, Kurt Warner was back at practice Friday … to shoot some footage for “Dancing With The Stars.” I’ll have more on this in a bit. It was funny to watch Warner and his partner, Anna Trebunskaya, give some lessons to Larry Fitzgerald. Warner also was reunited with teammates like Wilson, who talked with Kurt and Anna for possible inclusion to next week’s show.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Beanie Wells, Bryan Robinson, Gerald Hayes, Ken Whisenhunt, Kerry Rhodes, LaRod Stephens-Howling
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