Wednesday, the Cardinals were forced to practice in the rain. Thursday, it was some serious wind, which combined with the drop in temperatures made it darn cold. How cold? Cold enough that coach Ken Whisenhunt, who always wears shorts out to practice (even yesterday in the chilly wetness) went with sweatpants today. It isn’t exactly conducive to practicing a passing game.
“I don’t know what the speeds of the winds were, but some of the passes were what you’d expect,” Whisenhunt said. “It was a little like when we played in Kansas City. I am hopeful it won’t be quite that windy in Candlestick Park. But we made some good throws.
“The wind is usually harder to work in because it disrupts the ball so much in the air, especially in the longer throws. If you think about how tight the windows are that you have to fit the ball into sometimes, when you add in the wind you are talking about it makes it more difficult. When it is wet, you can always attempt to get a dry ball in there. That compensates for things a little bit.”
— There was no change on the injury report. Linebacker Joey Porter sat out again with his bad tricep and it’s looking more and more likely he won’t be able to make it back for the finale (although I am sure it’ll end up being a game-day decision). Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring), tight end Ben Patrick (hamstring) and linebacker Clark Haggans (groin) remain limited, but I am guessing they will be OK to play.
— Whisenhunt talked a little more about the impact of guard Alan Faneca, who has been the subject of much debate this season. With his professionalism, Whisenhunt said, “you can’t have enough of those guys on your team.” Whiz said that while Faneca isn’t the player he once was, he is still a good player, and thinks the judgments of Faneca early (especially training camp) were often premature. “I think he’s done a good job for us this year,” Whisenhunt said.
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