Once upon a time the Cardinals held a full intra-squad scrimmage on the second Saturday of camp inside the Skydome. Then running back Marcel Shipp suffered a gruesome injury on the old turf, and any thoughts of keeping the “real” scrimmage going were flushed. These days, it’s the “Red-White” practice, which means a regular practice with some offense versus defense at the end.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the difference will be that, instead of each unit running three plays and coming off like a normal workout, the units will actually have a controlled scrimmage where they will have down and distance, have plays called from the sideline and the offense will try and drive the ball.
“It’s more of a game-type atmosphere,” Whisenhunt said. “It’ll prepare them for the game a week from that day. … If (the offense is) in the middle of a drive, they will get extra plays to try and finish that attempt.”
Whisenhunt said quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson will each get a chance, with either John Skelton or Max Hall (but not both) getting a chance to lead the third team. “We will try to make it so all the reps are fairly even but you never know,” Whisenhunt said.
— For details on the Red-White practice, like the autograph session or directions, click here.
— A reminder that fans coming to Flagstaff are asked to take part in the Albertson’s Backpack Drive, an effort to get new or gently used backpacks for needy kids through the Hope Endures program. Anyone donating a backpack will receive an exclusive Cardinals/Albertson’s backpack in exchange. Now through the end of camp Aug. 14, fans can turn in the donated backpacks at the camp’s Kids Zone for a coupon redeemable at Albertson’s.
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