Everyone — including Deuce — conditioned

Posted by Darren Urban on July 31, 2010 – 10:32 am

The Cardinals just had their conditioning test and everyone passed, including G Deuce Lutui (whom Mike Jurecki reported yesterday weighed about 360 right now). Lutui actually looked pretty good running and beat out a teammate or two, although some of the veterans clearly know their pace and how fast (or slow) they can run to still make the make-able time. Everyone had to run two sets of 300-yard shuttles, save for the 10-year NFL vets like Bryan Robinson, Adrian Wilson and Anthony Becht.

(Of course, the loopholes kill. Punter Ben Graham smiled as he walked out of Walkup Skydome, where the running was held because of the rain. “Oldest guy on the team and I still had to run two,” he said. Graham is 36, but he’s only in his sixth NFL season — he gets no credit for the 12 years of professional Australian Rules Football he played. Not that Graham has any problem running two 300-yard shuttles.)

Coach Ken Whisenhunt isn’t speaking until after practice this afternoon. Lutui wasn’t available yet either, although I am trying to track him down. We’ll see if the rain comes back, forcing the first practice inside this afternoon. Or if the massive amount of rain already these two days will make it too slippery to be outside. This could be a very wet camp.

On a side note, congrats on a longer-than-expected career for former Cardinal Pro Bowl special teamer Sean Morey, who decided to announce his retirement today when he was supposed to start camp with the Seattle Seahawks. Morey was a good man who squeezed every bit of ability out of his body and gave everything to the Cards. He has become an advocate for the concussion issue in the NFL, although he fought the should-I-play-or-not issue himself. He’s an Ivy Leaguer so he will do fine post-football, but I am guessing he was hoping his NFL life would have lasted a bit longer.

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  1. By jim_vh on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    he doesn’t look an ounce over 359. anyway he has a month to get down to 338 which is his playing weight but how much muscle will he lose doing it?

  2. By Joe daddy on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    good to see duece pass. It would be nice if he beats out wells and hadnot. he would add another solid run blocker to our o-line. i always liked the way duece played…one of the few lineman we have on our team that will play to the whistle and maybe a little beyond…I think he fits in perfectly for what we wanna do this year.

  3. By We'll miss Q on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    This is good news. It sure would be nice if Graves got Williams in camp. Just ONCE it would be great if WE signed our #1 pick early, instead of waiting until all the picks arounds ours are signed. Yes Rod Graves has done some great things, but his consistant failure to be proactive instead of reactive with #1 picks frustrates the heck out of me.

  4. By darrenurban on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    We’ll miss Q —

    Frustrating I understand. But it won’t matter. If Williams missed two weeks, OK. But it doesn’t matter missing a day or two. It just doesn’t.

  5. By Jesse Robles on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Duece looks 400 lbs… 🙂 drama queens.

  6. By cardattac on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hahaha…. Look at the big boy runnin!! Good for you Deuce. Keep on workin off all the slackin you did this offseason. His does look a little uncomfortable runnin around. But ya know what….. He is here and that is important to the team. And I think Whiz really likes havin him around.

    Dude that is a pretty cool tat on his knee and shin too. Guess I dont see him out of uniform much. I didnt even know about the knee. Awesome.

    Oh and Whiz sounded really excited about camp. He was makin more jokes then usual and just seems…. Like I said before…. To just be so much more comfortable and confident then the years before. That can only mean good stuff!!!

    GO CARDS!!!!!!

  7. By Brad O'Neill on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hooray Deuce, gotta love a fat guy that can run! I hope he realizes how dangerous it is for a man of his size to let that weight get away from him. He is putting his pushing his heart to levels it probably shouldn’t go. This isn’t about football its about life.

  8. By R Robles on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Glad To Hear We Didnt Have To Play Against Morey This Year Haha Wish Him Well Any News On Williams Contrat Darren

  9. By Deveau on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply


    Kent has on his blog that Dean the “Iron Sheik” hurt himself. Has there been any update on his condition. I’d hate to see an injury sideline that workhorse.



  10. By darrenurban on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Deveau —

    Muhtadi is hurt. Not sure how bad.

  11. By ShannonRobinson on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    The island of Tonga. I’ve coached some Tongan rugby players at UNM over the years. Andrew Mailei left the Lobos and played for his national team. I’m recruiting his niece to play for our women’s team this year. They would rather run over you than around you. A little stubborn (ie. Deuce’s contract)with a mean streak. Every offensive line needs an enforcer and I count two with Lutui and Faneca. I think he looks great – he went home, revitalized himself with his family and ate too much fish which will disappear in the desert. With Mauai gone Lutui is are lone Polynesian and every NFL team needs at least one islander to set the attitude – especially in our part of the country, next to Utah.

  12. By Tinted Face Shield on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Too bad Morey couldn’t have retired as a Cardinal, instead of his couple month stint with the Seahawks

  13. By Jeff Dominianni on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    I sure would like to hear Ben Graham’s comparison of Australian and American football……u know, like the physical demands of each , pay differential 🙂 , skill sets and other details.

  14. By Rick on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Glad to hear about Lutui… Really glad to hear Sean Morey retired… I played a round of golf with him and he is CLASS ACT!!! I am sure he will be successful in the future!!!

  15. By Don't Take Losses on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Its simply disappointing that Deuce is not sufficiently professional like an Adrian Wilson, to keep himself in at least close to top shape. He has only 4 or 5 weeks until the first game. If he was a real pro, he’d have reported @ 340 and gotten to 325 on opening day. Then a guy who actually cares like Sheik gets hurt. To bad, too bad.

  16. By Big Red on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren, is there any job opening for Morey in the front office. It would be nice to still have him around, as an inspiration, for the team.

  17. By darrenurban on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Big Red —

    I don’t know. I’ve wondered if Morey might get into coaching.

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