Bruce Arians had been hopeful linebacker Sean Weatherspoon would be back at practice by today. But after coming out Tuesday to work on a limited basis, the linebacker had his hamstring grab, and both Arians and Weatherspoon acknowledged he needs more time on the sideline. It could be a week, Arians speculated, and for Weatherspoon — knowing how much time is left between now and the regular season — it’s about the regular season.
“I want to practice and be out there with my guys, get that timing down with them,” Weatherspoon said. “The main thing is, I’m on a one-year deal so I have to be healthy before I get out there. That’s what it’s all about.”
It won’t do Weatherspoon any good to play hurt, that is for sure. But it was telling that when Arians was asked, with Weatherspoon out, what inside linebacker he had that could play three downs, Arians simply said “Deone” — as in safety Deone Bucannon, who remains a top linebacker choice in several packages. There is still much to be sorted at inside linebacker.
Weatherspoon said he’s not concerned about missed time right now, although he knows he’ll be rusty. He remains mentally engaged, he said. What helps is that Weatherspoon was out for every OTA and minicamp practice this summer, so he has done that work.
The Cards did get cornerback Jerraud Powers back for practice, but lost safety Chris Clemons after he hurt his groin Tuesday. Ten Cards are sidelined with injuries, and running back Andre Ellington is still limited with his hamstring.
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