Coach Ken Whisenhunt just held his day-after presser. Among the highlights:
– The Cardinals were promised by Whiz that they’d have a light week if they won Sunday. Then they did, so the only formal practice of the week will be Wednesday. Whiz is expecting to bring in the young players (he didn’t define exactly who that was) Thursday for some video work and maybe a little on-field stuff, but nothing like a regular practice. He does want to clean up the youthful mistakes and do some prep work for Seattle.
– The only injury of concern, he said, was linebacker Reggie Walker, who hurt his hamstring. Walker is getting further evaluation. Wide receiver Stephen Williams had an MRI and his back — hurt when he landed hard on a defender’s foot after leaping high in the air — should be OK.
– WRs Steve Breaston and Early Doucet will work on the side Wednesday. The Cards will see if they are ready to do work Monday, when the team reconvenes for work next week. Whiz will see where LB Gerald Hayes fits next week too when he is able to practice again off the PUP list (O’Brien Schofield is probably a couple weeks away, he said, even though Schofield can come back Monday himself). Whiz said he likes the idea of fitting Hayes into a linebacker rotation, especially to give some rest to workhorse Paris Lenon.
– Alan Branch continues to take some playing time from Calais Campbell, although Whisenhunt said he likes not only how Branch was playing but also how Campbell bounced back from a poor game in San Diego.
– Whiz commented on Jed York’s proclamation. I updated it right here.
– Whiz, on the 20 carries for Beanie Wells and the four for Tim Hightower: “It wasn’t anything I had planned on. It just kind of came out that way in the course of the game. It was something you looked at after the game and said, ‘Oh, OK, I didn’t even realize that.”
– Hightower, by the way, was the player who went the wrong way on the goal line play in which Max Hall tried to score, was crushed, and fumbled the ball to Levi Brown for the touchdown. Hall was going to go that way, but had to improvise.
– The Cardinals are only the second team in NFL history to score 30 points without a TD either rushing or passing. The Bears did it against the Packers in 1993.
– Hall is the second rookie QB in franchise history to win his first start. Georgo Izo did it in 1960, although Izo left early with a knee injury and the Cards trailing Dallas, 3-2. Izo completed 1-of-6 passes that day.
– I will be holding a live chat tomorrow at 11 a.m. Arizona time (2 p.m. EST), so keep that in mind.
Tags: Alan Branch, Beanie Wells, Calais Campbell, Early Doucet, Gerald Hayes, Ken Whisenhunt, Levi Brown, Max Hall, O'Brien Schofield, Reggie Walker, Stephen Williams, Steve Breaston, Tim Hightower
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