Nothing changed on the injury front for the Cards today. The injury report remains the same, and nothing has changed my opinion that WR Steve Breaston will play this Sunday but it feels a lot more wait-and-see for WR Early Doucet and LB Gerald Hayes. The same goes for Doucet, by the way. “You don’t want to go back out there too soon and have a setback,” Doucet said. “We’ll take it one day at a time. (Today) felt good. I wasn’t sore after practicing (Wednesday) and I am continuing my treatment. I am doing real good compared to most people who have had the surgery.”
— Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he doesn’t know the odd receiver out yet when Doucet and Breaston are for sure back (figuring Onrea Jones probably released, and then six WRs for five active spots on game day). “It’ll depend on the plan, where we see guys fitting in. It’ll be a week-to-week thing based on how they fit. It’s a good problem to have.”
— Whisenhunt, talking about Hayes’ return off the PUP list, said he once had to do the same during his playing career six weeks in. “You can think you are ready, but the game speed is something different.”
— Whiz said “it appears that way” when asked about QB Max Hall getting comfortable with receivers he hasn’t spent much time with in Breaston and Doucet. But those guys are limited, too. “But I think back to training camp, and Max has had reps with all these guys,” Whiz added. “I don’t see it being an issue.”
— Finally, there was this sequence during a media moment with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. A reporter asked DRC if, given the crackdown on defenders for unnecessary hits, he would think twice about “administering a vicious hit.” DRC’s look to the side at the reporter was priceless, a very “are you kidding me?” stare. Personally, I stifled a chuckle. This is DRC we were talking about, with remnants of nail polish visible on his toes during the interview. DRC has played Pro Bowl football and is a good cornerback — but no one is ever going to confuse him with Adrian Wilson or Rodney Harrison.
Even DRC knows that. “Ain’t got to worry about that from me,” he said, shaking his head. Later, I wanted to clarify he was thinking the same as me. Yep. “That’s not me.”
So there’s one DB free from potential suspension.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, DRC, Early Doucet, Gerald Hayes, Max Hall, Onrea Jones, Steve Breaston
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