Daryn Colledge cut his hair this offseason. He said his face got a little lonely, so he’s decided to grow a beard. He had a beard when he played for the Packers when they won a Super Bowl. Foreshadowing? Colledge wouldn’t mind it.
“I’ve always been a facial hair aficionado kind of guy,” Colledge said. “It’s one of those things where I cut all of my hair off my head for the heat and I got lonely. I thought I’d grow the beard out this year and now that I’m injured I got to leave it on. I don’t even got time to shave anymore with all the treatment I got. I might just let it go the whole season we’ll see where it goes. The last time I grew my beard out I won a championship with Green Bay and maybe we can use this as a catapult this year.”
The Super Bowl is, after all, in New Jersey this season — outdoors — so …
“When you hold a cold-weather Super Bowl like this year you’ve got to plan ahead of time,” Colledge said. “So maybe I’m just getting ready for what I expect this team to be able to do this year.”
— Colledge, by the way, should only be out a couple more days, coach Bruce Arians said. That’s good, because Arians also said Paul Fanaika could challenge for that right guard starting role. Colledge has never missed a game on any level, so he’d rather not miss the Packers preseason game.
— RB Rashard Mendenhall is dealing with patella tendinitis and will rest at practice today. Arians has no concern about Mendenhall’s issue and he is expected back Monday. RB Ryan Williams, with his knee issues, is going to be back “maybe after Green Bay, hopefully before Green Bay.” DE Everrette Thompson has an arm injury and will miss a practice or two. No other changes on the injury front, he said.
— That makes it tough on the running backs. No question that Stepfan Taylor, Andre Ellington and Alfonso Smith are getting plenty of reps these days.
— Much more about Patrick Peterson-on-offense to come, but Peterson said he has no problem taking the extra reps and Arians said it was natural to want to use Peterson on offense in a package that has already grown to 15 plays or so. “You think, ‘Hmm, that’s a lot of weapon sitting next to me.’ ”
— Arians was happy about his offensive showing in practice Friday. “The light went on offensively for a lot of guys,” he said.
— The Cardinals have a lot more reps in practice than other teams might, Arians said, although more teams have added reps and tempo now that the CBA prevents more than one practice a day. “When you had an afternoon practice and a morning practice you split it up,” Arians said. “We’re trying to get a two-a-day practice (work) in a one-a-day practice with the reps we’re getting.
The Cards do a lot of 11-on-11 work. “Coach (Bear) Bryant used to call it ‘country coaching,’ ” Arians said. ” ‘Let’s go out and scrimmage because we only have 22 guys so let’s play football.’ I think you can become a smarter football team that way.”
— Arians, always good with the soundbites, had this to say of why he likes having assistant head coach Tom Moore around: “Two things: I look young, and I have someone who has been there and done it.”
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