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With backs ailing, Cards activate Alfonso Smith

Posted by Darren Urban on November 20, 2010 – 10:43 am

The Cardinals have activated running back Alfonso Smith to the active roster from the practice squad, no shock given that Beanie Wells is dealing with an iffy knee, Jason Wright is coming off a concussion and LaRod Stephens-Howling missed practice all week because of a bad hamstring. All three of those backs were listed as questionable, and my guess is that things didn’t get significantly better Saturday — leading to Smith’s promotion.

To make room for Smith, the Cards released wide receiver Max Komar (although my guess is this isn’t the last time we see Komar in a Cards uniform).

Smith can play some special teams and could see some significant time there, depending on what happens with the active players on game day. After the Hyphen didn’t practice all week, I find it hard to see a scenario where he plays. And Wright has been steadfast all week he doesn’t want to take any risks with his head injury. “I need this brain,” Wright said earlier in the week. I do expect Beanie to play.


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20 Responses to “With backs ailing, Cards activate Alfonso Smith”

  1. By Khardz on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    I have a good feeling about Alfonso! *crosses fingers*

  2. By Adam on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    The offense has somewhat of an excuse for the slide from last season. They did lose a hall of fame quarter back in Kurt Warner. But anyone should be able to throw to the slew of reveivers we have. And we have 2 of the best running backs in the NFL. Anyone shoudl be able to get points on the board. Let’s just trade for Kevin Kolb and were good.

    But what is the Defenses excuse???? We didnt lose any hall of famers on Defense. We allowed an avg of 45 points a game last year in the playoffs.. and the horrible coaching by BILLY DAVIS continues this year. The defense has no excuse. NONE!!! PLease get rid of BILLY DAVIS after the season and bring in a leader of a Defensive Coordinator. He is not a leader. You can tell in the games that he doesn’t know what to call by how the players are playing and by the look on his face in the 2nd half of every game.

    Great leaders surround themselves by leaders and fire and hire who ever it takes to make a championship team. Where is that with the Cards organization. I am confused because WHIZ coached with a championship and family organization in Pittsburgh. Why hasn’t he brought that to the Desert? Kurt Warner saved his bottom for the 3 years he was there. Now WHIZ has to really coach. Let’s see what you got!! We are all waiting to see you lead us out of this. We don’t want to go back to the days of the NFC EAST.

  3. By Nikko on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    I second that!! Come on alfonso!!!

  4. By cody on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    will Smith be seeing any work in the running game?

  5. By brad oneill on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    They let the wrong max go. Komar is a gamer, this is a very disappointing move.

  6. By Dre on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    I like the decision but really do it matter. To switch out one undrafted rookie for another is really like oh well but at least the guy can eat good this week. Yo Alfonso, domino’s pizza got a large 2-item for $5.99…eat up Bro. Good Luck and Make em say uhhhh!…Na na na na—Na na na na.

  7. By ross on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    We will miss the Hyphen if he is out.

  8. By Darren Urban on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    Cody –

    RE: Alfonso

    Doubt it unless there are more injuries.

  9. By RDog on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    hope the offensive line can open up some holes for our speedy backs, with the addition of Smith who might not play, but the speed is there for us.

  10. By Blake on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    play this for the team

  11. By Nixon on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    No! Not Komar!

  12. By Ken Cadena on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    I was so un-motivated by the Cadrs performance this season I went to NFL Game pass and put on last years Greenbay wild card playoff game. I just smile at the offense on how dangerious it was and how well the moved the ball with big chunks of ground the Cards gained. But I realized the cards Defensive problems stemed last year. Kurt Warner was just able to mask it. I realize we lost some damm good players on both sides of the ball and it is, what it is. All I can say is that Rod Graves and the Cardinal scouting Staff did a horrible Job preparing this year for the recovery of the loss of men. I tell you the Rams are going to sink the Cards for the next few years and that Division. You can see the talent starting to rise there. Whiz is starting to look like Denny Green now, and the cards with the crappy QBs are going no where. Max Hall is a little man with no real talent, and Derick Anderson has no consistency to stand on. Its hard to watch this team after the last couple of years success. Kurt Warner they should retire your number now.

  13. By brazilian fan on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    darren, what do you expect from max komar’s future, with the cards or not?he’s showed a lot, and he’s a promising receiver, what we see by being kept on the active roster even with his undrafted status

  14. By DRC#1Fan on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    cards are a let down this season. no one wanted to admit how much we are re building. kurt told whiz of his retirement boefore the season was even over. I dont see how we didnt address that problem. or our secondary problem that we knew we had before. and our attemp to fix the line ended up being a joke. you dont bring guys i and let guys go. you bring guys in that compliment the guys we have. sorry reggie wells and mike gandy. we could use you now but whiz doesnt care.? or is it the bidwells? are the purse strings choking whiz into looking like a doof?

  15. By SeeingRed on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Good to see Alphonso back-hope he can contribute in some way. Let’s get behind coach Whiz and Big Red…take it to the Chiefs today!

  16. By Darren Urban on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Brazilian –

    RE: Komar

    I think Max still has a lot of growing to do, but I do think he has a chance to carve out an NFL career.

  17. By Adam on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    I think WHIZ just keeps his buddies as coaches no matter if thay are horrible or not. I don’t understand why they didn’t do extensive research to get a Defensive Coordinator. Now they look very bad. If BILLY DAVIS couldn’t do a good job with the talent he had there last year. What do you think he will do with this talent??

    If you are a true leader and want to win you will fire your DAD if he is doing a horrible job working for you. WHIZ doesn’t have the guts to fire anyone. It makes him look weak because of it. Next time you bring a new coach in make sure he is a leader and a TEACHER. Yeah, in the NFL you stil have to teach. These coaches just want to collect checks and blame the problems on the players. TEACH.. TEACH.. TEACH.. EVERY PLAYER doesn’t know everything about the game coming from college. You have to develop players and I don’t see any of the young players developing that weren’t already very talented.

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