Your daily quarterback update comes with it little change. Derek Anderson still hasn’t passed all his concussion tests and so he has not been cleared to practice, and that continues to be major factor in this whole deal. Will Anderson clear by tomorrow (because I can’t see him playing if he can’t practice Friday, especially with this injury)? If he does clear, he will be considered.
“You know what he can do,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday. “If he’s not having the symptoms of the concussion, he had been showing improvement. He is definitely still in the mix.”
That said, I still think John Skelton is probable, although Whisenhunt said he has not made any decisions and wouldn’t until the Cards got through practice Friday.
“You understand going in there are things you have to live with in the game,” Whisenhunt said. “We have adjusted our plan to try and make sure we give (Skelton) an opportunity to do things he is comfortable with so he can play fast and make some of those throws. But when you play a team like this (with a coaching change), you don’t know what they are going to do. I guess we’ll get to see an evaluation on how these guys handle that.”
As for Skelton’s preparation, “He’s putting a lot of time in,” Whisenhunt said. “I’ll tell you, he’s here morning and night. The hard part is taking the learning aspect on to the field. But he is working hard at it.”
Skelton has been spending extra time with the coaches the past two weeks, drawing up plays and showing the coaches a better understanding of the concepts. Doing it again on the field is something different, though.
“There’s a lot of things you have to process, whether it is a blitz, a dog, whether you have a hot, a sight, whether you make sure you go to the right side of the field, whether it is one high or two high, you could sit here and talk for five minutes all the things he has to process in a matter of seconds,” Whisenhunt said.
— Other than CB Michael Adams (shoulder), who as upgraded to full, there were no changes in the injury report. Anderson was out, and five players — Steve Breaston (knee), Calais Campbell (ankle), Jay Feely (groin), Clark Haggans (groin) and Joey Porter (knee) — were limited.
— Receiver Larry Fitzgerald left to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Chicago, but he will play Sunday.
Tags: Calais Campbell, Clark Haggans, Derek Anderson, Jay Feely, Joey Porter, John Skelton, Ken Whisenhunt, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Adams, Steve Breaston
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