So much ground to cover:
— The status of WR Early Doucet (groin) won’t be known for sure for a couple of days. Yes, Doucet is dinged up yet again, something that’s troubled Doucet in his short career. Doesn’t sound like it matters to coach Ken Whisenhunt, though. “Early is a tough guy and some of the (injuries) have been unfortunate,” Whisenhunt said. “I think it’s pretty obvious, with the two receptions he had, the type of impact he can have. I don’t think we are at a point where we would question (that).”
— RB Beanie Wells (knee) is expected to practice Wednesday, although it will be interesting how that plays out. If there are no setbacks, he should practice.
— The Cards were on turf this past weekend, are scheduled to go to ASU’s Dickey Dome for practice Wednesday and Thursday – so more turf – and then play indoors in Atlanta Sunday. That’s a whole lot of turf to be on in a week’s time.
— Steve Breaston made the play of the game (season?) when he ran down defensive lineman Clifton Ryan to force a fumble. Lost in the postgame fuss was the fact offensive linemen Lyle Sendlein (who recovered the ball), Brandon Keith and Levi Brown had all run after the play, and it paid off.
“For those guys to turn and run, that’s going to serve you well as you go forward as a team,” Whisenhunt said. “Effort, finish hustle. That’s what it is all about.”
Said Sendlein, “It’s something coaches always tell us — finish. We’re going to try and do that.”
— LaRod Stephens-Howling got a handful of touches yesterday with Beanie out, but Whisenhunt admitted he didn’t know how many the Hyphen can get when both Wells and Tim Hightower are healthy. But, after seeing Hyphen’s production (49 yards on seven rushes, 16 yards on three catches) “we can all see why that’s important.”
— Quote of the day from Whiz on Adrian Wilson’s performance: “When he does what he did, it just furthers the legend of who he is.”
— Whisenhunt praised the defense. They were on the field for 81 plays. That’s why Wilson was cramping at the end of the game.
— NT Gabe Watson was inactive because Bryan Robinson and Dan Williams weren’t. “Gabe has played as well as any of those guys in camp,” Whisenhunt said. “Somebody has to sit. It’s a good problem to have.”
— Whiz said rookie punt returner Max Komar “is on the hot seat” for that position. No surprise after Komar muffed a pair of catches (plus fumbled the ball away after a reception). But, Whisenhunt added, “I’m not ready to write him off yet.”
“He doesn’t need to say that,” Komar said. “I realize ball security is the most important thing. I already knew I was on the hot seat coming into today’s meetings. You can’t put the ball on the ground. I am sure coach Whisenhunt will take a look at a couple other guys.”
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Beanie Wells, Brandon Keith, Bryan Robinson, Dan Williams, Derek Anderson, Early Doucet, Gabe Watson, Ken Whisenhunt, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Larry Fitzgerald, Levi Brown, Lyle Sendlein, Max Komar, Steve Breaston, Tim Hightower
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