Patrick should be back for regular season

Posted by Darren Urban on August 5, 2010 – 12:35 pm

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said tight end Ben Patrick should be back for the regular season after hurting his left knee at practice last night.

“It wasn’t as bad as we thought it was when he was down on the field or what we thought afterward,” Whisenhunt said. “He displaced his kneecap, it’s back in, but there is no ligament damage. It’ll be a few weeks and he should be able to return. It was a lot better news than what we thought last night.”

Whisenhunt said the Cards will try and make it through Saturday with their current tight ends. Whiz doesn’t want to make a roster move, but right now, Stephen Spach and Dominique Byrd are the only healthy tight ends. Jim Dray (quad) and Anthony Becht (back) have been sitting out, although Whisenhunt said he hopes both will be back soon. Long snapper Mike Leach, who is a tight end by trade, can fill in as well.

— As for his thoughts on the night practice, Whisenhunt said “we had some mental mistakes but we have to work through them and that’s why you have those practices.”

— The coach praised the camp so far of new left tackle Levi Brown.

— As for the constant trash talking, Whisenhunt said it was part of the intensity of camp. “A lot of that chatter, that goes back to the team making each other accountable,” he said.

— A tidbit from quarterback Matt Leinart —  he took his offensive linemen on a trip to Hawaii this offseason, helping the bonding effort. Yes, Leinart paid. (UPDATE: Turns out he brought Levi Brown, Brandon Keith, Lyle Sendlein and Jeremy Bridges. Alan Faneca was already in Hawaii).

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22 Responses to “Patrick should be back for regular season”

  1. By Daniel P on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren-

    big fan. Quick question, who has been calling the defensive plays in the huddle now that ‘Los is gone?

  2. By darrenurban on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Daniel P —

    Right now it is Lenon.

  3. By Tod on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hawaii??? How’s that not leaked out before now?

    Come on … somebody isn’t paying attention … asking the right questions.

  4. By darrenurban on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Tod —

    You’re welcome to get one of our jobs and show us how it’s done.

  5. By Skiptim on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hey D to the Arrenurban, I found a picture of that Michael Adams/Larry Fitzgerald scriff that someone in an earlier blog asked about. You should post it in one of your blogs so people can see what a tough feller Mike Adams is.

  6. By Brandon on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Sounds like were doing all the right things overall. Of coarse there’s always room for improvment,but overall sounds really good.

  7. By Eric on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply


    I haven’t heard much from camp on how Leinart is looking. Any input?

  8. By darrenurban on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Eric —

    He looks fine. Not spectacular. Some good days, some not so much.

  9. By CAcardinalsfan on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    I think thats awesome for Matt to take his linemen to Hawaii!

    Cant wait for this season to begin already!

    Oh and quick questions Darren, do you know if Dominique Byrd went to Larry Fitzgeralds camp this offseason?

  10. By darrenurban on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    CaCards —

    I believe Byrd did.

  11. By Walter L on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Good to hear about Ben.

    That’s mighty generous of Leinart, hopefully it pays off for him. He seems to be doing all the right things and more.

  12. By Nick Pepe on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Darren – thanks for the update, that is good news for Ben and Levi. I may have missed a post or two, work is killing me (people – take care of your pets!), I am curios to know how Big Dan has faired since he arrived. I am sure he has some catching up to do.

    thanks again !

  13. By darrenurban on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Nick —

    Little early to speak about Dan. He’s fine after two days, I suppose.

  14. By LadyCard04 on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    You’ve given us great coverage on the marquee players but not too much on the special teamers. I’m sure Ben is doing fine but how is Jay fitting in and how are their kicks going.
    Also, a favorite of mine, LSH, has he been as good as he was last year and is he getting more time rushing and short passes like they were giving him later last season? I hope he continues to be the specail team dynamo he was last year.

  15. By darrenurban on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    LadyCard —

    Feely has done little up here. I think they have kicked field goals just once. I will have something on the Hyphen in the next couple of days.

  16. By kingdiamond on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply


    Your reporting from camp and the team is great! I appreciate your dedication, hard work, and insights!

  17. By Bryan on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Look at all these injuries all ready and only been 1 week in training camp.Going 18 games could lead to players having very very unhealthy careers and post-lives.

    Roger Goodell and owners suck.

  18. By Thomas77 on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply


    The players paychecks sure look good though, don’t they?

  19. By Bryan on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Yep and we all pay to watch them at their healthiest and best.2 more games=more injuries=botched playoffs.

    Just like the 16 games played.Just my opinion essai.


  20. By Barb wurzbach on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    How come leinert didn’t take reggie wells. Been a starter for almost 8 years!!!

  21. By darrenurban on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Barb —

    Don’t know. Maybe Reggie was invited and he had other plans. I will try to find out.

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