One of the Cards’ rehabbing running backs hasn’t been shy to talk about his comeback. The other has never been big on talking much about his dings and dents, but Beanie Wells said he is “coming along” after his offseason knee surgery.
“I’m rehabbing, just trying to get back,” Wells said.
He said he doesn’t know his timetable for his return to the field. Wells has been at the facility, and on days where the veterans have gone out as an offense to work on passing routes, Wells has joined them outside even though he can’t take part. His ability to take part in organized team activities and/or minicamp is to be announced.
“I am hopeful, but it’s offseason stuff,” Wells said. “Being ready for training camp is the most important thing.”
The Cardinals did just sign running back Javarris James, likely more as a body to get through the offseason work more than anything else. As I have mentioned, the team didn’t draft a running back or sign an undrafted rookie running back, so there has to be confidence both Wells and the aforementioned Ryan Williams (coming off patella tendon surgery) will be ready when it matters. Williams, who is anxious to get back on the field right now, admits the team will likely not push him now, instead wanting to preserve him for camp. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the team takes the same tact with Beanie.
He’s made that work before. Last season, Beanie didn’t get any summer work — no one did, because of the lockout — and he still had a career-high 1,047 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns and a 4.3 per-carry average despite battling his knee injury most of the season.
“Last year, we didn’t have an offseason and my year paid dividends,” Wells said. “We’ll take it from there.”
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