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The “real” Heap and other Friday health

Posted by Darren Urban on December 9, 2011 – 1:04 pm

Tight end Todd Heap should play Sunday and perhaps show up on the offensive radar after all these weeks battling the bad hamstring.

“I think we are finally going to see the real Todd this week,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said after practice. “So hopefully he’ll have a chance to make some plays and we can see the guy we were excited about.”

Heap played a full game in St. Louis two weeks ago and a couple of plays against the Eagles. Other than that, Heap has been out since getting hurt Oct. 2 and he doesn’t have a catch since then.

In other injury news, Whiz said punter Dave Zastudil, who hurt his bicep trying to tackle Dez Bryant last weekend, should be fine. The Cards did work out a couple of punters Thursday as a contingency, but it doesn’t look like it will matter. And while linebacker Joey Porter may not be “all the way there yet,” Whisenhunt said, he will be available for the game if needed. “We are to the point that if he had to play, he could play,” Whisenhunt said,

Safety Kerry Rhodes will probably be a game-day decision, Whiz added, but it seems he might be a little further away.

– Defensive coordinator Ray Horton was asked if he was happy with the play of Dan Williams’ replacements at nose tackle, Nick Eason and David Carter. “Am I happy?” Horton repeated. “Does that mean satisfied? Does that mean elated?” Told it meant “satisfied,” Horton said he was. “We have the rotation and we are doing what we need to be doing.”


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23 Responses to “The “real” Heap and other Friday health”

  1. By Shaun Church on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Any word from SF on the availability of Willis and/or Rogers? ESPN has failed miserably and doesn’t have anyone in the NFL on the injury report this week.

  2. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Shaun —

    RE: Niners injuries

    Their injury report isn’t out until later today. They are just starting practice, I believe.

  3. By Jesse Robles on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Ray Horton is the Man!! We need to keep him for about as long as the Steelers have kept Dick Lebeau. The man has learned from the best, and is bringing what the Cardinals have never had, a DEFENSE! Defense wins championships, time to shut the HORRIBLE O of SF down, lets just hope we can score in the Red Zone, something Kolb cant do yet.

  4. By Jake McArthur on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren what ever happened to that linebacker who looked like Carrot Top?

  5. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Jake —

    RE: Carrot Top

    Duke “Kenny G” Lemmens was part of the first round of cuts. I don’t think he was picked up anywhere.

    http://blog.azcardinals.com/2011/08/07/any-name-better-than-no-name/

  6. By Jzoully on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Now the availability of Joey Porter does that mean that he will start ahead of Acho or will the lineup stay the same? Cuz I think Joey needs to stay behind for injury reasons as a backup for now until full health, cuz I honestly want to get healthy again.

  7. By Shaun Church on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Jesse,

    The San Francisco offense is by no means horrible. They are the most efficient unit in the NFL in terms of points scored compared to yards gained.

  8. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Jzoully —

    RE: Acho/Porter

    I expect Acho to be the starter regardless of Porter’s health.

  9. By C on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    I hope “all the way there yet,” means locker packed up with regards to Porter. Looking forward to a healthy Heap. Do you see them running a 2 TE set with Heap and Housler? That could be a colossal match-up problem and a potential nice set for the Cards.

  10. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Shaun, Jesse —

    RE: Tomato/To-mah-to

    You call that efficient. I call that working with short fields because their defense is so good creating turnovers and stoning the opposition.

  11. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    C —

    RE: Two tight ends

    I could see it.

  12. By Jzoully on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    BAM!!! Come on, as soon as you put F. Gore and Alex Smith on their own 25 yard line they stall, and the punter Lee is good so he can pin the opposition deep, meaning the defense just has to have them stall or even turnover the ball, they sometimes start at there own 45 or midfield, ask me they reedeming thing is that Crabtree isn’t sucking. Other then that they have no real offensive gain, and always battle short field. COME ON…

  13. By Shaun Church on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Indeed, sir. Nonetheless, taking advantage of the short field is something we Arizona Cardinals’ fans have not witnessed much in 2011. Can’t seem to punch it in when given the opportunity.

    Granted, we don’t lead the league in turnovers like San Francisco does.

  14. By Jesse Robles on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    You said it Darren, The Jags could score with the field position the Niners have been granted by that OUTSTANDING Defense. I usually am sarcastic with my comments, but the Niners Offense is ok, Smith hasn’t been turning the ball over that much. They go Davis up the middle, or their receivers run hitches and outs to stay away from the middle. That is how their receivers were getting us last game. Gore is going to be Gore, and there is nothing you can do about that. Just pressure Smith and make him make mistakes. I am a realist and understand that these guys are in the NFL for a reason, I just HATE THE NINERS, with a passion, but I am a realist, and it is going to be a defensive game. Just hope we win this one, tired of losing to them, Offense for the Cards just needs to be a little more consistent and the Cards are going to be really good, really soon. Lets Go RED SEA, can’t wait til Sunday.

  15. By cardfan on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    Do you think that next year the the focus will be to rebuild the offensive line and if so could we see the replacement of Darren Colledge and Levi Brown. Do you think the Cardinlas would pay for Demeterius Bell or Ben Grubs?

  16. By Darren Urban on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    cardfan —

    RE: OLine

    Levi will likely be moving on, but Colledge? No.

  17. By Tyler on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    I am waiting for the real Todd Heap. He was such a threat in Baltimore and we have yet to experience this. If we don’t see it, Housler should be our number 1 TE. He’s a big guy and has already shown what he brings. However running the 2 TE set will create mismatches not only on the TE but on Fitz and our rising star, Roberts. Acho>Porter. Sorry Joey but its the truth, he’s gettin old. Porter needs to become a “mentor” to his inexperienced OLB. Acho is strong and fast and with Washington in the middle it’s deadly. Happy to see the Cardinals defense is starting to come together.

  18. By austin on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t think Porter should start or even play very much, however I would love for Horton to throw a few blitzes Porters way. He is so close to the 100 sack mark it would be a shame to not get there. He has had an amazing career and I think it would be nice to finish strong for him

  19. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Dec 9, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Any updates on our injured rookie running back Ryan Williams ? I know he wont be back this year but I am looking forward to his return next season.

  20. By Darren Urban on Dec 10, 2011 | Reply

    Bay Area —

    RE: Ryan Williams

    Nothing of note. He is rehabbing, will be back by camp and is hoping to return sometime in the summer.

  21. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Dec 10, 2011 | Reply

    Porter and Heap should be well rested, so that shouldn’t be an excuse if they play poorly, especially Porter.

  22. By Angel on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Darren..This is off topic.

    What do the players do the day before the game(s) on (saturdays)?

  23. By Darren Urban on Dec 11, 2011 | Reply

    Angel —

    RE: Day before

    There is a walkthrough, and the team stays in a hotel that night.

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