Before the Cardinals take the field for practice today, this is the reality: No one will know today if Anquan Boldin will play Sunday. Not coach Ken Whisenhunt, not Boldin, and certainly not anyone else. I don’t know if Boldin will even try to practice today, but my guess is he’ll be listed as questionable on the injury report and then give it a shot in pregame Sunday to figure out how he feels.
We know Boldin will gut it out if he can. The desire to play reminded me of something he said a couple weeks ago on the “Big Red Rage” radio show when he mentioned he had just been thinking about missing only two games after having his face obliterated in New York.
“I was like, ‘What was I thinking coming back two week after that injury?’ ” Boldin said. “Had it been anyone else I would have called him an idiot. Honestly, I would have been, ‘What is this guy doing?’ ”
That’s the thinking behind everyone saying Q still might play. Normally, with a bad high left ankle sprain, along with an MCL sprain in the left knee, playing wouldn’t really be an option. If this was the middle of the regular season, I doubt Boldin’s status would even be a question; if the Cards felt OK sitting Boldin in Chicago with the right ankle sprain earlier this season, I’d guess they’d like to do it again now.
But there’s a lot less leeway now. One and done. Everyone knew this wasn’t good (like Kurt Warner, pictured below talking to Boldin right after the injury during last week’s game). If Boldin can play — and be effective, that’s a key, because the Cards do have some depth at receiver — they need him to go. But it’s a big question, one no one can answer. Larry Fitzgerald understood this when he was asked this week if he believed Boldin would be able to play.
“I only went to school for 16 months before I got a chance to come to the NFL,” Fitzgerald deadpanned. “I need to probably go back for about seven more years to get my doctor’s certificate.
“I hope he’s out there, we need him. Having him out there makes us a lot better team.”
Tags: Anquan Boldin, Big Red Rage, Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald
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