The earliest running back Beanie Wells can play coming off the injured reserve/able to return list is the Nov. 25 home game against the St. Louis Rams. Wells, who has been out with torn ligaments in his toe, said Tuesday there was “no doubt about it” that he would play in that game.
First, Wells has to practice, and the first day he is eligible to do so is Wednesday. “Heck yeah I’m real excited,” Wells said. “It’s been a challenge. It’s hard to be out there and watch practice and not do anything.”
Wells must miss one more game, in Atlanta, so LaRod Stephens-Howling gets another start, backed up by William Powell and Alfonso Smith. When Wells does play again, he figures to start, but depending on his rust, the situation is likely flexible.
Wells said the knee issues that cost him the entire offseason have subsided and the knee “feels great.” His toe “feels good,” although he said making sure it is taped correctly seems to make a difference. Wells said it’s been difficult watching the season pass by without him and he wants to make it right. The Cardinals could certainly use his size in the backfield, where the team hasn’t been able to convert as many short-yardage and goal line opportunities has it would have liked.
Knowing he could have made a difference in those spots “sucks,” Wells said. “I feel if I was in there we could get something else going.” Starting with the Rams game, the Cardinals would have six games left for Wells to leave his imprint this season.
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