Beanie still sits

Posted by Darren Urban on September 9, 2010 – 1:39 pm

Running  back Beanie Wells sat out practice again Thursday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he’s comfortable with a Tim Hightower-LaRod Stephens-Howling- Jason Wright combo in St. Louis, and more importantly, he doesn’t want to rush Wells and his bruised knee. “We will see,” Whisenhunt said, adding, “it wouldn’t be a stretch to bring Beanie to the game knowing  you can use him and if you don’t, you still have three other guys.”

“What concerns me, I don’t want this to be something in Week 12, Week 13 or Week 14 that you are having issues with,” Whisenhunt said. “If we feel Beanie has made enough progress by Sunday, he will play. If we don’t, like I said, I feel strongly about who we have at the position.”

— Whiz on linebacker Daryl Washington: “Am I surprised he’s starting? You know, probably a little bit.”

— Linebacker Joey Porter was back at work after resting his back some. Wright looks better walking around on his sore toe too. Here is the full injury report.

— Whisenhunt said he hasn’t decided on a punt returner yet. It’ll probably be a rookie, Max Komar or Andre Roberts, I would guess.

— Whiz mentioned he doesn’t want to put too much into the game plan in the first game. That got him in trouble in his first game as head coach, in 2007 at San Francisco, and he has vowed not to let it happen again.

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23 Responses to “Beanie still sits”

  1. By Bryce on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    How much do you expect to see Jerome Johnson this week? I think you stopped in the middle of the sentence on that last point in the blog.

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Bryce —

    I don’t know how much Johnson will play.

  3. By Sebastian Blax on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Did LSH get any meaningful carries last year? Outside of — I think it was — the Green Bay regular season game, I don’t recall him in the backfield. If he or Wright do get some snaps, how do they compare to Wells in picking up the blitz?

  4. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Blax —

    Whiz praised Hyphen, Wright and Hightower on their blitz pickup skills today. Hyphen had 6 carries last season and 10 receptions.

  5. By Greg on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    How many touches is Stephen Williams going to get?

  6. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Greg —

    Don’t know.

  7. By Anand Patel on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    A little concerned about Whiz comment at the end of your blog. What did he show in San Francisco on that monday night that has him concerned? We came out flat / Leinart looked horrible and we still had a chance to win only to witness that crazy fumble and SF win….

  8. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Anand —

    Not that he showed anything. He felt he had overstuffed the playbook for the first game and the it made it difficult for the offense to operate.

  9. By bobF on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Fortunately we don’t play the Saints or Vikings in week one. I’m not too worried as it is and I think Beanie should rest.

  10. By MikeG on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Nice Blogs!!–How do you think the defense
    will play in St Louis????? I would like to see them get off to a good start in the opener. I would like
    to see 17 or less points against this team. Would be a nice confidence booster for this unit especially going to Atlanta. Objective must be to contain the run
    the 1st 2 weeks!! Also would like to see a big game from Paris Lenon against his old mates!!!Agree????

  11. By Darren Urban on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    MikeG —


  12. By big_france on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, 1st time commentor. We love your blogs thank you for all the info. It truly makes us informed fans. We’re so glad the season is finally here and the Cardinals can once again prove themselves. Eventually, we’ll earn their respect! Thanks again.

  13. By Darthcard on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    This bothers me. I hope beanie gets well soon. The fact he is not playing makes me feel like the cards are gonna just win by 7 points instead of whipping the floor with them. Coaches statement makes me feel like they are raw offensively as a whole.

  14. By Tyrelle on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    If our offensive line play better then I wouldn’t be worried. Are they improving? I just want a win.

  15. By Ross on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply


    Great feature on Hightower. The guy has a great head on his shoulders. Best of luck to him this year. I hope he and Beanie both get their 1000 yards. Everyone seems to just dismiss Timmy because he isn’t as fast or flashy as the elite backs, but he is just a no nonsense leader that doesn’t everything well. I don’t think he will ever get the respect he deserves. But that is ok, he is exactly what the cards need.

    I just wanted to voice my support for Hightower.

  16. By Donnie on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    its fine beanie,rest up that knee cause Timmy loves him some mutton and will be on top of his game this week!

  17. By CrazyLady25 on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    THT is the most underrated back in the league.

  18. By Dre on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I think Hightower is great but he is a back up nontheless. He runs hard but he looks for contact which is his style of running. He is a very good change up back and I give him credit for what he do for the team. On any other team in the league he would not be starting. Our run game will be criical this year and it will make or break our season….plain and simple as that.

  19. By Darren Urban on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Dre —

    Try not to go overboard. “On any other team in the league he would not be starting.” Are you sure about that?

  20. By Kurt on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    People call Hightower a change-up back or a short-yardage back. I don’t get it. He’s not that fast or powerful. Beanie is a much better bet in short yardage. Hightower is a very good runner in traffic, has great timing & functional speed and as has been pointed out a lot, he blocks, catches and operates in the passing game very well. He is also durable and protects the ball. So these “types of things” (as Madden says) add up to a good starting/workhorse RB who can be replaced in certain situations. Why would they want to use such a versatile guy as a specialist?

  21. By Ross on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Kurt, those are great points.

    Hightower for president.

  22. By Dre on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply


    I have been thinking if my comment (On any other team in the league he would not be starting) on Hightower was “overboard?” After your response I looked at some stats and starting running backs around the league and I believe that to be a true statment.

    Now, I’m not going to use the game against the Rams to help me with this argument. The only team maybe he could start for in my opinion is the Colts but they have two good running back but they rather depend on Peyton’s arm. So if there are any suggestion I would love the hear them. I thought Cleveland initially but they have a better run game then we do. Maybe Seattle?

    Bottom line is he is not the answer for us at running back. He can help us at this position with screen passes and blocking but we need a better polished runner. Coach Whisenhut should have made that decision coming into the season and it would have been one less unknown for a new struggling offense.

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