What will happen if and when the Cardinals lock up their playoff position — which, given the way they are playing and the way the Panthers are playing, could happen with the Cards still having regular-season games to play? General Manager Steve Keim said he and coach Bruce Arians would have discussions if that were to come to pass with the Cardinals. The fear, of course, is resting guys so much, Keim said on his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” Show on Arizona Sports 98.7, that they are then not ready to play come playoff time.
(And don’t forget, you sit guys for Week 17 and then have a bye, then some key players will have not played a game for three weeks before a playoff game.)
We’ll see what happens. “I’m just happy to be in that position to have that conversation,” Keim said.
— Keim reiterated it was good for the Cardinals to get the mini-bye after the Thursday game. Keim said the Cards are hoping to get a handful of players back from injury, although he wasn’t specific. Guys to watch for at practice this week: DT Frostee Rucker, TE Jermaine Gresham, CB Jerraud Powers, RB Andre Ellington.
— Asked what he was thinking when Dwight Freeney sacked Teddy Bridgewater to clinch the win over the Vikings, Keim said “I was thinking that’s the best $200,000 we’ve spent.” Freeney’s contract called for a $200,000 incentive to kick in on his fourth sack of the season. The Bridgewater takedown was it.
— Keim admitted the Cardinals didn’t play all that well offensively against Minnesota. But he said he continues to be impressed by rookie running back David Johnson, especially for beyond what he does running the ball. Keim raved about Johnson’s receiving abilities, and also noted Johnson’s “deceptive speed.”
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