In Beanie update, nothing “cheap” from Abdullah

Posted by Darren Urban on August 10, 2010 – 12:12 pm

Coach Ken Whisenhunt talked just now after a morning off. The highlights:

— RB Beanie Wells is sore after his rib injury and will likely be limited this afternoon. As for safety Hamza Abdullah, coach Ken Whisenhunt said such hits “happen in football.”

“I didn’t see anything wrong with what Hamza did yesterday,” Whisenhunt said. “He was in good tackling position, and I don’t blame Hamza, because earlier in practice Beanie had come through and lowered his shoulder and knocked the crap out of a DB. Hamza wasn’t going to let that happen to himself. I’m not saying Hamza went after him. It was a good football play. There was nothing cheap or unnecessary about it.”

Whiz said Beanie was just stepping over a guy and came in a little high. “He could have dropped a shoulder and there would have been a collision but (the injury) wouldn’t have happened,” Whisenhunt said. “It’s part of practice.”

— It’s too early to know if Beanie will play in the preseason opener, Whisenhunt said. And even with rookie RB Alfonso Smith limited with a neck issue, Whiz added that it just gives more reps to LaRod Stephens-Howling and Jason Wright, something both will embrace.

— Whiz said rookie DT Dan Williams is having a tougher time with the altitude than the football right now, but Whisenhunt added he likes the work ethic of Williams to continue to work through any out-of-breath moments. I’ll have more on this later today.

— Whisenhunt called DT Gabe Watson one of the biggest surprises of camp. Given that Watson has a fear he could be cut (he was tendered as a restricted free agent and his salary is not guaranteed), there was plenty of motivation for this camp to be Gabe’s best.

— Linebacker Cody Brown has also “made a big jump,” Whisenhunt said. But Brown also has to show some things in preseason games as well.

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31 Responses to “In Beanie update, nothing “cheap” from Abdullah”

  1. By Mack on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply


    Off-Topic but, how will the Special Teams do without Sean Morey. I know he was a big part the last couple of years

  2. By darrenurban on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Mack —

    The coaches are counting on LaRod Stephens-Howling to be that guy.

  3. By Skiptim on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    What have you personally seen, if anything, from Cody Brown that you think Whisenhunt has seen? Does he look like a second round talent?

  4. By darrenurban on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Skiptim —

    I want to see him in games.

  5. By DakotaCardsFan on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Can you pass along any info on how the two former South Dakota State players are looking in camp – tackle Casey Knips and linebacker Chris Johnson? Thanks!

  6. By darrenurban on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Dakota —

    I’ve noticed Johnson a little, but both a big longshots to make it.

  7. By chris freeman on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    for gabe watson, he never finished his college education career and i always thought lacked the ability to learn quickly. but hopefully this continues.

    good for c. brown, a second round pick last year, great to hear him clicking so well in the scheme , shows he put work into his extended off season last year.

    hopefully injury issues will not hamper wells every offseason as it has this and last.

  8. By kingdiamond on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    I am really impressed with Dan Williams. He is humble. He works hard. He is open to coaching. These great qualities go along with his great physical skills and talent. I look forward to great things from him.

  9. By Secret on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Since Sean Morey went to the seahawks, will he exploit what he knows about the cards and will it hurt the cards chances of sweeping them again?

  10. By darrenurban on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Secret —

    Morey retired on the opening day of training camp.

  11. By Donnie on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    I notice the Jets are having a tough time coming to a deal with Revis. If he goes on the market, what are our chances of getting him? That would be sweet lol…

  12. By nor cal cards fan on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Donnie- Not a snowballs chance in hell.

  13. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    With Whiz calling Watson “one of the biggest surprises of camp”, does that mean the departure of Bryan Robinson and/or Alan Branch?
    (Even though Branch has moved to DT/DE.)

  14. By darrenurban on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    Long way to go but B-Rob may be facing a cut, yes.

  15. By Justin on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Good to hear that about Cody Brown. I’m excited to see what these young LBs can do. People talk about our lack of depth because these players aren’t proven yet. It won’t be an issue if these guys show up and play good D.

  16. By Brent on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply


    Did Beanie practice today? if so to what capacity?

  17. By darrenurban on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Brent —

    It’s all in the most recent blog entry.

  18. By Andre on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    This is off topic. But can you give a big thanks to the department that took care of those Cardinal Commercials. Man o man those are very well done. Dockett’s my favorite.

  19. By LUKE on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    i really hope c.brown does well.i was excited we drafted him last year only to be out to injury.Im rootin for him!!!

  20. By Stuart on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Donnie has a good question there what are the likely chances that Revis will go on the free market? Imagine him and DRC together as a team WOW that would be absolulty Awesome.

  21. By darrenurban on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Stuart —

    Keep dreaming.

  22. By Tucsonaaron on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Awesome to here an update on the radio down in Tucson today hope to hear some more updates down here soon Darren thanks!!!

  23. By Stuart on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    One thing I would like to talk about is the QB question The Cardinals supposedly have. Look Last year my dad and I attended Cardinals training camp and one thing we saw was Kurt Warner struggle and Matt Leinart look awesome, Then in the preseason Kurt didn’t look that great either, but look at what he did through the regular season and what we did in the playoff’s granted no superbowl but that Greenbay game was the stuff of football legends. Know look at this year Matt isn’t looking that great in training camp and Derrick Anderson looks awesome and to be honest I don’t think Matt is going to look great in the preseason Reps either. But the great thing is training camp and preseason doesn’t matter it’s what happens in the regular season, give Matt his full season as a starter and I believe and the rest off the fans should believe that Matt will do the right thing and thats are slogan “SHOCK THE WORLD”. I hope the rest of you can agree to that.

  24. By Tucsonaaron on Aug 10, 2010 | Reply

    Awesome to hear* apparently I can’t spell haha

  25. By Force Factor on Aug 11, 2010 | Reply


    I know it’s early yet, but I just don’t see any way that Branch and Watson both make this roster. Both have supposedly been having impressive camps, but with Branch being able to play the nose and end I think he edges out Watson if they are reasonably close in performance. Any thoughts?

  26. By darrenurban on Aug 11, 2010 | Reply

    Force —

    Right now, I’d bet both are here. Why wouldn’t both make it with impressive camps?

  27. By Scott H on Aug 11, 2010 | Reply

    If the Cardinals were having contract issues with fitzgerald, do you think their solution would be to “just let him hit the open market???” No, they absolutely would not. And neither will the Jets allow Revis to do anything of the sort. How ridiculous would that be???

  28. By Barry Bond on Aug 11, 2010 | Reply

    Hamza Abdula what are you doing? I just read God and your Islam faith has ordered you to fast (no eating of ANY foods) and probably no water during training camp? Are you nuts? The last I heard you are in the NFL and your team sets the rules unless the NFL commissioner steps in? Don’t be a fool, God does not want you to cripple your chance’s of making it in the NFL!!!

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