Coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn’t going to unload on his defense when talking about the unit Thursday, although he did acknowledge he thought they would have been more consistent then they have been. The defense has been unable to close the last three games, first allowing a stumbling Seattle offense three long drives late when the Cards were trying to rally, and then surrendering fourth-quarter leads against Tampa Bay and Minnesota.
“That has been a disappointment this year, that we have not been more consistent defensively,” he said. “That was an area we thought would be a strength. At times, you have seen what that is. It’s hard for me to complain with the turnovers they have created and the scores off of that, so I have to temper what I say. But as far as consistently be the defense we have seen at times — for a stretch against Seattle, for a stretch against Tampa, even for a stretch against Minnesota — that’s what we need to see more of.”
— Linebacker Clark Haggans finally returned to some work Thursday on a limited basis. Whether he can play Sunday depends. Whisenhunt said Haggans’ real test is Friday, since he had yet to do anything. Haggans said he felt good.
“I wouldn’t be out there running around, doing drills with Joey Porter and doing pass drops (if I was hurt),” Haggans said. “It was good to be back on the field with my guys and we’ll take it from there.” Haggans said he was “very confident” about playing Sunday.
— Haggans’ status as ‘limited’ was the only change on the injury report; running back Beanie Wells (knee) sat out again, as did linebacker Paris Lenon (ankle). Whisenhunt said he expects everyone to practice Friday.
“Everybody will go (Friday) and we will determine who is inactive based on their health,” Whisenhunt said. “I feel good about everybody participating tomorrow. It’s pretty fortunate this time of year.”
Whisenhunt praised Lenon’s intelligence this season and said even with missed practice time, he didn’t think there would be any issues with Lenon playing his regular role as long as health permits.
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