Christmas at home, and other stuff

Posted by Darren Urban on December 24, 2010 – 12:09 pm

Merry Christmas Eve from Cardinals-land:

Normally, the Cardinals spend the night before a game in a hotel, even home games. But not tonight. Not Christmas Eve.

“I feel it’s important, especially with the guys who have young children, that they spend Christmas morning with their families,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “We are fortunate we don’t have to be on the road. There are so few times when you get a chance to spend Christmas morning home with your family in this profession that when you have a chance to do it, it’s the right thing to do.”

That doesn’t mean, however, that the holiday makes things easy with a game looming less than 24 hours away.

“It takes away from your study time,” Whisenhunt said, noting the team will come back for a night meeting at the facility this evening. “You hate to say Christmas is a distraction, but when you are working, that’s what it is. … With the number of mistakes we’ve made this year, you have to get in the books and study and try to eliminate those things.”

— It’s been a semi-popular topic of late — just where did wide receiver Stephen Williams go? He’s not inactive on game days, but there have been some DNP-coach’s decision on his resume. Honestly, it’s not a surprise, not when you are the fifth wideout (behind Fitz, Breaston, Doucet and Andre Roberts) and you don’t make an impact on special teams. Now that Early Doucet is on injured reserve, however, you figure Williams will get a little work these last two games — and he couldn’t be happier.

“It’s what I have been waiting for,” the undrafted rookie said. “I’ve been practicing good and making plays, it’s just that I’ve been doing it on the (practice) field with the guys, the media sees but not people on the outside. It’s kind of frustrating but you have to keep pushing through.”

Williams was one of the stars of training camp, and with early injuries to Doucet and Fitz, he was forced to play a lot early in the season. Then everyone got healthy, Roberts emerged after a rocky training camp and first month, and Williams was the odd man out.

“It’s  been hard, getting the feet wet, getting to play and then when all the guys returned it was like, ‘You’ve got to take a seat,’ ” Williams said. “Just got to wait my turn. Listen and learn.”

— Linebacker Joey Porter (tricep) did some limited work today, and his status for tomorrow will be a game-time decision. It was always going to be about whether Porter has enough strength to defend himself in a game; I’d still guess he’d take a one-game sit and then get ready for San Francisco (like Dockett did with his shoulder). LaRod Stephens-Howling sat and is doubtful. Whisenhunt said if The Hyphen did anything, it’ll be kick returns, but I am guessing that’s a long shot. Derek Anderson will dress, although whether he is second or third QB is still TBD, although “probably” he will be the third, Whiz said.

— Because of the Saturday’s game, this week’s “The Ken Whisenhunt Show” will air tonight at 10:35 on KPNX Ch. 12 (NBC)  following the late local news. Included will be the Larry Fitzgerald sit-down in which Fitz discusses the milestone catches in his career.

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11 Responses to “Christmas at home, and other stuff”

  1. By nick on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Did spach return to practice?

  2. By Darren Urban on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Nick —

    RE: Spach

    Yes, he should be OK.

  3. By darrel on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Darren little off topic but what do you think panthers wr steve smith trade value is and do you think cards would have interest in him if he becomes available …him and fitz would be great together

  4. By Darren Urban on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Darrel —

    RE: Steve Smith

    Honestly, that trade makes no sense to me. You’ve already got Breaston.

  5. By darrel on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Well That’s if he even wants to comeback I guess it will be wait in see thing doucet and breaston could both be gone next year Did u forget ? And I say smith because he’s had two bad years and carolina is a mess right now so they could deal him for late round higher pick he still has some game left and plus he would nice vocal leader for our team something were missing with q gone

  6. By Keegan on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Do you have a list somewhere on the free agent QB’s this offseason that we could have a chance of picking up?

  7. By Darren Urban on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Keegan —

    RE: QBs

    Not right now.

  8. By Poole4pres on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    We had Fitz Boldin and Breaston, why not Fitz Smith and Breaston?

  9. By darrel on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    I was thinkinh the same Thing now if we could only Find a qb to keep guys happy it could work

  10. By Gilbert Card on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, my sources tell me Max Hall was going to be a No-Show even if healthy for tomorrow’s game. According to the info. I got he would not have been allowed to leave his job this week as shift supervisor of the Tonka assembly line at Santa’s workshop. I believe this to be accurate. Pretty easy to picture him as the commanding elf. Happy Holidays and GO CARDS!!!!!

  11. By JR on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    With all due respect to Andre Roberts, he has not “emerged”. He should not be playing ahead of Williams and Komar as a receiver, nor as a punt returner.

    As for Early Doucet, I respect him as a person and wish him well with his injury, but he has not been healthy since he got here and he is not that spectacular when he is healthy. It is time to move on.

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