Waiting to see on dinged Cards UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on January 6, 2010 – 1:58 pm

No surprise, but coach Ken Whisenhunt only said that his three injured starters — WR Anquan Boldin (ankle), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (knee) and DE Calais Campbell (thumb) — were progressing but their status for the playoff game against the Packers would have to come later.

Campbell did some limited work. DRC and Boldin sat out. Boldin took a middle of the road approach, saying his was “progressing” — there’s that word again — but he’d have to wait and see. DRC was a bit more definitive, saying his bruised knee wasn’t necessarily better but it wasn’t worse either. He insisted unless he practices tomorrow, he wouldn’t be able to play, because practice is too important. I’m thinking he might have been stretching things a bit, since, if he can get out there Friday, that should be enough. UPDATE: Kent Somers is reporting Boldin has a high left ankle sprain and a sprain of the left medial collateral ligament.

Safety Antrel Rolle (thigh) missed practice again, and guard Deuce Lutui suddenly came down with a back problem. All are issues that will need to be monitored.

It was interesting to see the media crowd today. There is no question the attention from the fourth estate is much larger this year than it was for Atlanta Wild Card week last season.

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47 Responses to “Waiting to see on dinged Cards UPDATE”

  1. By Tyrelle on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Urban do you think that Whiz is keeping it quiet on this injury report?

  2. By darrenurban on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Tyrelle —

    Not sure what you mean by keeping it quiet.

  3. By Eric on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    I think he means quiet as in the seriousness of the injury.

  4. By darrenurban on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Eric —

    I think Whiz always tries to play it close to the vest on all injuries. Go back over the year, unless a guy has surgery, I think he’d rather the other side stays guessing.

  5. By Tim Pino on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Lets not panic about the injuries. DRC, Antrel, and Campbell will probably take it easy until Fridays practice. WR Boldin will probably do nothing all week and really test it out Sunday morning (allowing 4 more days of rest & treatment).

    What surprises me is we are hearing nothing about Packers CB C.Woodson. Anyone who saw his arm hanging on his side when he was on the sideline Sunday knows there is more to his injury then the Packers are letting on.

    Go Cards!
    ~Tim in NJ

  6. By darrenurban on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Tim —

    By all accounts, Woodson is expected to be fine Sunday.

  7. By Joe2 on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve noticed that Coach Whiz is very Bilichickian with injury info, but he always has such a nice demeanor that no one seems to notice (unlike with Bilichick, who’s so overt about being covert).
    Whiz disguises it really well, but he never reveals anything — all decisions are alwayd “game time.” He’s good.

  8. By Scott Hornberger on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    This isn’t good…I didn’t even realize that Rolle was also banged up! Regardless of how many of these guys actually play on Sunday, how can we think that any of them are going to be what we expect them to be? And how long will they be able to hold up? This is too many key players injured at the wrong time! That first-round bye really would be nice right about now…

  9. By kerouac9 on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    I personally think that the presence of Antrel Rolle and Ben Patrick are more important to the Cards than Anquan Boldin, whom the Cards have shown they can be successful without.

    The dropoff from Rolle to R. Johnson is greater than the dropoff from Q to Breaston or Doucet. Patrick is a necessary component to the 2TE sets from which we have been really successful (both running and passing) all season.

  10. By darrenurban on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Kerouac —

    I believe Patrick will play this week.

  11. By spitfire772 on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    I think there are too many people panicking over these injuries. There should be concern, but Campbell, DRC, Rolle, Patrick are all going to play. Despite what DRC said, I’m willing to bet he’ll play. I’d love to have Boldin, but we’ve proven we can win without him. The most important aspect of Sunday’s game will be what it almost always is with the Cards– can the O-line protect Kurt? If they can, we can score anytime we want. If we don’t, we’ll struggle.

  12. By Mike"Pay Q" on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Are you kidding me? YOU are saying Rolle, a cornerback switched to safety, who has NEVER been to the pro bowl, and a back up tight end, who can not beat out a free agent, oh sorry 2(Spach & Becht) are more important than the Cardinals all time leading reciever, the ONLY Cardinals receiver to have 5, 1000 yard seasons?

    Just another great example of how people do not appreciate what Anquan means to this team.

    I for one hope Fitz reverts to last year( where he worked for yards after catch), rather than the guy he has been EVERY OTHER SEASON, including this year, where he runs out of bounds, and dives to the ground rather than fight for yards.

    And before those Fitz worshipers crush me, Fitz has ADMITTED Todd Haley got in his face about YAC, to improve them, and LAST YEAR he did. I just hope last year’s playoff Fitz shows up, because without Q if he doesn’t, we will lose Sunday.

  13. By scott on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply


    thanks for keeping us updated. i’ll be glued to your blog this week as the injury updates come along. what do you make of drc saying that if he can’t practice tomorrow he couldn’t play. that sounds almost like he was being a little deceptive?

  14. By darrenurban on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Scott —

    Honestly, I don’t think DRC has it in him to be deceptive. I think — even if he sits out Thursday — he finds a way to play Sunday.

  15. By Desertrat on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Any word on what Adams is doing to get ready for the game incase DRC doesnt play?

  16. By darrenurban on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Desertrat —

    Um, practicing? Not sure what else he would do.

  17. By fitz 4 mt rushmore on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    I highly doubt Quan can be effective to any degree with both those injuries come Sunday!!!

  18. By in2the drk on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Not good news at all now rolle and duce can it get any worse darren how bad is duces injury and any word from rolle on his status

  19. By darrenurban on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    in2the drk —

    I think Deuce will be OK, but you never know. I am surprised Rolle was still out today. Again, it’s a day-to-day thing.

  20. By Leigh on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Please note – there is no Ken Whisenhunt this week – only the Zen master himself – Zen Whisenhunt. Prepping my nest as we speak.

  21. By Scott Hornberger on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    I agree that they could – and should – definitely get more use out of the TE position than they have this year. As dynamic as their offense is, other teams don’t even have to consider the TE when they play the Cards. Patrick could do much more than he ever gets a chance to.

  22. By Steve on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Did Rolle play a single down last week? I thought he, Iwebema and Berry were the players on D not to get a snap.

    The two weeks should leave Rolle’s thigh in good shape as long as he is not too rusty without much practice. It would be nice to see him out there Thursday and Friday getting a few reps.

    How did Will Davis look last week coming of the injury? He had been making some nice progress before going down. (I was stuck with Denver loosing to KC last week)

  23. By darrenurban on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Steve —

    Rolle, Iwebema and Berry were inactive last week.

    It was hard to tell on Will Davis when he wasn’t surrounded by the starters.

  24. By Desertrat on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply


    I know that question sounded stupid…what I was trying to get at was…is adams getting full practice reps? I mean what does someone like adams do extra to replace someone like drc? I would think he lacks confidence from that sunday performance.

  25. By darrenurban on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Desertrat —

    Well, as long as DRC is out, Adams is getting those reps. As for confidence, Adams has a pretty good supply of that. At 5-8, he’s been up against it his whole career, and he just sees this as another challenge.

  26. By Secret on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    Do you continue the cardinals underground pod cast when the card’s season ends?

  27. By darrenurban on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Secret —

    Occasionally. We will do one right after the season, one or two around the draft, maybe one at minicamp.

  28. By WarnerFan13 on Jan 6, 2010 | Reply

    This has nothing to do with the injuries other than do you know who composed the background music in the playoff video? It’s a great video and the music adds to the drama and I was just curious if anyone knew what it was. Thanks.

  29. By darrenurban on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    WarnerFan13 —

    Our broadcast department has a library of various NFL Films/score music that it uses. I will try to find out.

  30. By Eazy E on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hey darren, why haven’t the cardinals signed a veteran cb even as a precaution because if drc doesn’t play, i believe drc will play but if he doesn’t, they are going to take advantage of michael adams because he’s only listed at 5’8 and he says he’s more like 5’7. Im not against height but its tough out there but especially for a short cb?

  31. By darrenurban on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Eazy —

    At this point, I am sure they don’t feel anyone they can get off the street is better than Adams. Besides, if you sign someone, you have to cut someone.

  32. By Aaron Lone-Eagle on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    First of all, is there an e-mail address for fans access to Anquan? If so can I get it? After reading a good majority of these blogs or entries or whatever you call them, I guess we just don’t need Q. It seems like everyone seems to think we can beat anyone without him. I of course would be willing to bet Fitz would rather have him on the field. But I guess, as long as we have Breaston, and what I heard on ESPN, the new replacement for Q in the way of Early Doucet, who has been injured most of his two year Career, heck, they might as well go ahead and trade Q right now. I certainly hope everyone realizes that I am being very SARCASTIC right now, because it makes me sick that so many fans have no respect for Q. He accomplished many great things before Fitz hit the scene. You just don’t replace an Anquan Boldin. I really hope the organization knows what they have and takes care of their own. One other note, I believe Whiz was an excellent decision for a head coach, but I believe he made a very big mistake by leaving Q in the ball game, after Q got his 1000 Yards! He should have been taken out immediately and allow a backup reciever take his place. Now as it stands when we may need Q the most, we’re most likely not going to have him. We have already faced Minnesota and won, and the Saints really aren’t too scary, they proved their human, but the way i saw Green Bay play, this is going to be a physical game, and as everyone knows, Q is (in my opinion) the most physical of all recievers that we have. If I can take a Quote from Coach Whiz ” we are a much better team with Anquan!” Let’s hope for the best. Go CARDS!!!

  33. By darrenurban on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron —


  34. By azcardsfan22 on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    all these players dinged up is a concern but the most important thing Sunday will be putting pressure on Rodgers because if they don’t force him to throw hot and he gets to much time it doesn’t matter who is in the secondary…plus don’t forget Rodgers runs well to

  35. By Steve on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Just a remider, the Cards are 5-1 when Q doesn’t play.

  36. By Desertrat on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Adams seemed a little timid in last weeks performance thats why I was asking. I think he needs a big confidence boost to fill DRC’s shoes next week if he doesnt play.

  37. By TucsonTim on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Q is a great player but what is our record when he has been inactive over the past two seasons.

  38. By darrenurban on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    TucsonTim —

    This year, the Cardinals were 1-0 without Anquan. Last season, they were 4-1. In 2007 they were 2-2.

  39. By bluepitt on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Ok, I’m going to say it, I Love Fitz But Boldin’s Skill set, Heart and Stats Prove that he Is the Best WR the Cardinals have ever had! Bar None, playing at all levels of the Game as I have, I understand that the average fan would jump on the Fitz bandwagon after last season. But the facts/Stats still remain true to Q, yes our recod is XX-OO with out Q in and I will be the first to tell you that the prep was more intense with out him available, it is easy for a person to elevate his game knowing he has to do so for a short period of time. Fitz is a product of Boldin it is as simple as that. Q can burn you deep he goes after the ball no mater what and will not go down after first contact, Now Fitz is a jump ball receiver no a hard hitter and dives or goes out of bounds when ever possible rather than going for the yac. Boldis is a Man’s player his injuries are due to him trying to go all the way, and he has done it with out Fitz even on our team! Now if Boldin went out of bounds and dove yes he would be as healthy as Fitz is all the time. But if you have Fitz do what Boldin does well You get the point. Fitz took the league by surprise last year and now that the league knows how he plays they have compensated for it and quieted him this season just look at his stats vs Boldin’s but give Fitz one les game and a hampered Ankle for the first 5 games hahaha not even close to Boldin’s Stats, And all those TD’s are a product of Whiz calling Fitz’s number in the RED ZONE. I will be the first to tell you with out Boldin Fitz will Fizzle out if he has to do it for more than a half of a season! Just look at this year Warner keeps going to Fitz like last year and we keep coming up short, But if warner goes to Boldin we get an instant spark like the beginning of last season. Don’t be fooled this is a business and Fitz knows that with out Boldin on the other side Teams will shut him down and that’s why he is willing to renegotiate his contract to keep Q.
    Q is the Heart of this Team’s O and Warner is the Blood! Have Fitz and Breston step up knowing Q is Gone and you will see!

  40. By Aaron Lone-Eagle on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply


    I could not have said it better myself! You rock just like Boldin. Fitz is good, but Boldin is the HEART and SOUL of this team!!!!

  41. By TucsonTim on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    We are better with Q than without, but the record shows that we can win without him. Offense can always play to its strength, but, as they say, defense wins championships. The DRC, Rolle, and Campbell situation is very serious, yet we are still a 1 point favorite. I guess rolling over for the Packers last Sunday didn’t sway the pundits.

  42. By Former Steeler Fan on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    I have been beating the drum for passing to the Tight End for a few weeks. So, it was good to read Scott’s post earlier in this thread.


    I’m surprised that Whiz, of all people, a tight end, doesn’t do that more.

    I know, I know. He has Fitz, Q, Breaston and Early.

    But, why not give the defense one more receiver to defend against?

  43. By DavidLPS on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    I am worried about Kurt Warner’s preoccupation with concussions. He seems to be hearing footsteps! Can you be successful when you are worried about injuries?

  44. By darrenurban on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    DavidLPS —

    I don’t know if I would say Kurt is preoccupied with concussions or if he is worried about getting hurt.

  45. By Scott Hornberger on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, I know, the Cardinals are 5-1 without Boldin but ya know what? They are a better team with him on the field and you’d have to be a fool to think otherwise. Doesn’t matter if they have 2,3,or 4 WR’s on the field – they are better when Q is one of them. Period. Fitz has truly risen to the occasion in the past and had some huge games when Q couldn’t go. But if Boldin is out this Sunday, that will allow Woodson to focus on Fitz all day and that’s not gonna work out well for the Cardinals. Protecting Warner and being able to run the ball effectively ( also very hard to do against the Packers )to sustain drives are THE key to this game. It’s all up to the O-line on Sunday.

  46. By darrenurban on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply

    Scott —

    No one questions that the Cards are better on the field with Q. Honestly, I think much of the time when that stat is brought up it is used as optimism on an otherwise pessimistic situation. I also don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that Woodson has the upper hand on Fitzgerald.

  47. By TucsonTim on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply

    Q is a gladiator, a machine, a warrior, but now he is the Monty Python Black Knight. I saw the leg injury when Leinart threw the ball behind him and his knee is toast. MCL and ankle? Plus, do you believe his hamstring injury is 100%.? Now it’s time for the boys to step up. Warner is going to throw to the open man. We will score the points if the O line gives Warner time. My big question is, is the defense ready? This Packer team is not as good as last years Eagles, Falcons, or Panthers. But lets not blow them out lest someone take the Cards seriously.

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