With the bye weekend coming up, the big news after Sunday was the knee injury of cornerback Antonio Cromartie. But Cromartie is OK, suffering only a bone bruise and making him day-to-day this week. Coach Bruce Arians said Cromartie should be fine next week as the Cardinals prepare for a trip to Denver. The other notable injury from Sunday was a foot sprain for safety Deone Bucannon, but Arians expressed confidence Bucannon too will be OK for next week.
Arians is also hopeful quarterback Carson Palmer will start throwing soon, possibly this week.
“Biggest thing is to get us fresh, get the minor injuries resolved so we can go full-speed (a week from today),” Arians siad.
— Arians wants to use the bye to get some backup players some work, QB Logan Thomas in particular. But he also included offensive linemen Jonathan Cooper and Earl Watford. That said, Arians emphasized Cooper would not have a chance to get back into the starting lineup this week. Arians would like to practice in pads if he could for the two days of practice Tuesday and Wednesday, but with banged-up players, “it’s not possible.”
— On having only nine guys on the field yet still blocking the San Francisco field goal, Arians said “we’ll try it with 11 guys next time.”
“We had the right guys in the right spots, we just didn’t have anyone outside of it,” Arians added, saying the outside linebackers mistakenly came off the field.
— Arians said both personal foul calls after hits on QB Drew Stanton were “really, really good calls.” He said the Patrick Willis roughing the passer was right because it was showed “on the tape sent out by the referees, you can’t lead with the crown of your helmet on the quarterback so that was a very good call.”
As for the hit by linebacker Dan Skuta on the sliding Stanton, “the first one I thought was a cheap shot,” Arians said. “There’s no doubt he was sliding. It could have ended his career, that hit. But he is extremely tough. Some players won’t wear a mouthpiece and it should be mandatory. That probably saved his concussion.”
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