The Cardinals featured their first real live tackling of training camp today, and on one of the first plays, a mass of bodies at the line of scrimmage after a run play ended with nose tackle Dan Williams down with some sort of leg injury. No word on what it was, but Williams — after first pounding the ground in apparent anger after it happened and he was still on the ground — eventually got up and walked under his own power. He was carted to the locker room, but he later walked on his own to the buses waiting to take the team back to University of Phoenix Stadium.
Williams had been doing well in camp and his weight was under control. It’s a big year for him, so it will be interesting to see if this is anything serious.
“Dan is a tough dude,” defensive lineman David Carter said. “You won’t know what it is until you see the X-rays and MRIs and stuff like that, but Dan is tough.”
UPDATE: Williams had his left knee rolled up on during the play. He is undergoing tests this afternoon to determine if there was any damage and if so, the extent of it. Looking at my photos, it looks like it was defensive linemate Darnell Dockett, making a play on ballcarrier Stepfan Taylor, who inadvertently ended up on Williams’ left knee as the play developed.
— Carter has been working most at nose tackle himself, the spot he likes to play more because he feels his quickness helps.
“Nose is what I played the last couple of years so I’m ready for it,” Carter said. “It gives me an opportunity to use my speed. I’m a natural nose tackle.”
— Rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu had his best outing of camp, making a pair of interceptions (no, neither was thrown by Carson Palmer) and a few pass breakups.
“Definitely,” Mathieu said when asked if it was his best practice thus far. “Anytime you get turnovers, put your offense in position to score, it usually turns into a win. … The game is slowing down. It’s still a little fast when I line up against Larry (Fitzgerald), the game is fast all of a sudden. But any other time the game slows for me.”
— LB Karlos Dansby ended up sitting out the practice. He was the only new player sidelined.
— The Cardinals, in a warm and (for Arizona) humid day, practiced a little less than two hours outside.
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