The Cardinals had their first night practice, and it had moments of ooohs and aaahs. And not necessarily good ones. And it ended with a flourish.
The goal-line stand at the end was full of emotion (the defense dominated) but the Cardinals got a scare when tight end Ben Patrick went down after a catch and had cornerback Greg Toler fall over him. Patrick was writhing in pain grabbing at his left knee. Not a good sign, especially on artificial turf (albeit nice field turf). Patrick was helped off limping, and by the end of the practice, he was standing on his own, even if he was walking gingerly. Officially, Patrick has a sprained left knee and has an MRI scheduled.
It was a night that otherwise highlighted the defense. Three times the “D” ran safety blitzes — once each by Adrian Wilson, Kerry Rhodes and Matt Ware — that would have ended with sacks. Darnell Dockett blew up one play where he stoned Tim Hightower. And in the live goal line at the end, the first team defense had a sack, a fumble recovery and jammed up running back Tim Hightower on three plays at the 3-yard line.
I’ll have more about the intensity of this camp so far in a notebook I’ll post in the next hour.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Ben Patrick, Darnell Dockett, Greg Toler, Kerry Rhodes, Matt Ware, Tim Hightower
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