Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the sore knee of running back Beanie Wells isn’t limiting what the Cardinals can do in the run game, although it is limiting the number of reps Beanie can get in a game. “We’re fortunate we’re able to have Beanie at all after what happened and thinking he might be gone for the year,” Whisenhunt said.
What “limiting” means going forward is debatable. Beanie has only practiced fully one day in the past few weeks, the Friday before the Philadelphia game. Other than that, he’s been mostly limited in practice, with a few DNPs. He actually looked pretty strong in his few carries against the 49ers (although he did lose a crucial fumble) and told the AP the other day that resting the knee is something for the week and practice and “once the game is here I’m full go, ready to play 100 percent of the plays.”
That’s when you get in a grey area. Part of the thinking might be that, if the knee is still enough of an issue that it has to be rested during the week, it’s hard to completely turn Wells loose workload-wise in a game. Said Whisenhunt, “He can’t go more than a certain number of reps at a time during the course of a game, so you have to make sure you watch that. There have been a few times where we’ve called plays we wanted him in there that you’ve had to put another back in there.”
Whisenhunt just wants to have Wells available the final six games, especially with the season-long specter of the absent Ryan Williams looming over the backfield.
One good sign was, despite only eight rushes in San Francisco, Wells averaged 4.1 yards a carry, the first time he has been better than 3.8 in a game since his huge day against the Giants Oct. 2. His showing this weekend against the Rams will be intriguing; the Rams have struggled a lot against the run this season but in the teams’ first meeting, Beanie gained just 20 yards on 10 attempts.
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