The Cardinals worked with everyone at practice Friday as promised, leaving four players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game: LB Clark Haggans (groin), LB Paris Lenon (ankle), RB Beanie Wells (knee) and DT Darnell Dockett (shoulder). I’d expect all four have a good chance of being active, but coach Ken Whisenhunt has a difficult decisions to make with his 45 men against the Seahawks.
If Beanie is healthy enough to shoulder some of the load, then he should play. But if you aren’t confident enough in his health, it’d be tough to burn a spot on a guy who doesn’t play special teams. Remember, with Kenny Iwebema out, the Cards have to do some special teams shuffling, and there has to be a thought in case Lenon — who should play — gets dinged up again in the game.
“It’ll be like last week,” Whisenhunt said of Wells, saying he wants to see how the knee reacts tomorrow. “We cut down on the run game (plays) this week from the standpoint of volume so he is a lot more comfortable with what he have in and hopefully that allows us to play him in that role if we have the opportunity Sunday.”
– Whisenhunt, on how he’d assess his team midseason: “I don’t think we’ve attained what we hoped after eight games. Somebody asked me at the bye week, if I would’ve taken 3-2 and I said ‘Yeah,’ based on how we had played at that point. It’s a little more difficult after this last stretch because we have lost three in a row and a couple of those games we felt we could have won. We’re not where we wanted to be, not even close, but we are committed to doing a lot better in the second half and know if we do that, everything can work itself out.”
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