The Cards won Sunday. So coach Ken Whisenhunt gave them a one-and-done bye week, with Wednesday’s short (about 90 minutes) practice the lone official work of the week. Did he think about having more practice? Well, yes.
“You walk a fine line,” Whisenhunt said. “Obviously you’d like to have them out practicing but you also want to take the opportunity to get guys healthy. They held up their end of the deal and you reward them for that. I trust the guys that they will be ready to get back to work Monday. Our work has got to come from practices and obviously if we had a few more it probably wouldn’t hurt us. But I don’t think this will hurt us anyway. They’ll be ready Monday.”
There will be some players in on Thursday, especially rookie starting quarterback Max Hall. “We will get as many as we can,” Whisenhunt said. “The most important thing is getting the quarterback in here and continuing get him to progress. I am just glad we have a few guys who want to get in here and work.”
Said Hall, “I’ll relax and get my rest in, but I am sure I’ll be doing a lot of studying.”
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the rookie receivers show up either.
With a handful of guys either banged up or taking it a little easier, the coaches mixed and matched. Whisenhunt pointed out third-string QB John Skelton got some reps with the offense (usually, Skelton’s work is reserved for the scout team). And again, the banged-up guys sat out, which, in the end, could have been most of the team at this point.
“I can’t imagine John Skelton is too banged up right now,” Whisenhunt joked. “But we have been going at it since training camp, 11 weeks now, everyone is sore or nicked up to some degree. It is a good time for the bye. It’s also good the way we won Sunday. We didn’t play our best but guys stepped up to make plays and I think that helps us as we go forward.”
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