Whisenhunt on Wilson: “We do expect for him to play.”

Posted by Darren Urban on August 8, 2011 – 12:30 pm

Here’s what you need to know about safety Adrian Wilson’s injury as of Monday: He tore a biceps tendon in his right arm. He will try to rehab it and will try to play at some point. The timeline will be determined by how Wilson responds but “we do expect for him to play this season.” Whisenhunt didn’t have a lot of details, and said it was going to be tough to guesstimate anything. Cornerback Patrick Peterson was telling reporters after practice Wilson told them he was going to be ready Week 1 against Carolina, but Whiz certainly wasn’t willing to nail anything down.

(Wilson, not surprisingly, is avoiding comment right now.)

Whisenhunt said he has been encouraged by the play of safety Rashad Johnson, who will fill in alongside Kerry Rhodes while Wilson is sidelined. Matt Ware would have been signed anyway, Whiz said, because there was a player who decided he didn’t want to play anymore (Kent Somers reported it was rookie safety Andrew Rich). Watching this develop now will be one of the more intriguing things as we approach the regular season. In the meantime, Wilson has already been a treatment demon — would you expect anything else? — and Whiz acknowledged he’ll probably have to be make sure Wilson doesn’t overdo it.

— CB Michael Adams had his minor knee surgery but Whisenhunt doesn’t want him trying to come back too soon. That was one of the things that hurt RB Beanie Wells last year.

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24 Responses to “Whisenhunt on Wilson: “We do expect for him to play.””

  1. By Chad on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    If this injury holds Wilson out long, our secondary has taken a hit (even with the addition of Peterson) by losing DRC and Wilson. I hope he can come back, and Johnson can step up and hopefully the addition of Marshall will allow up to buy time until ADub is back full strength.

  2. By Stephen on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Best wishes to AW, come back when U are really ready tho big fella!!

    (He won’t listen, and it’s hard to criticize a guy that just wants to play!!)

  3. By Chris B on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    “decided he didn’t want to play anymore’???
    dream job and he just leaves… OK then. As long as he’s happy doing somthing else, more power to him.

  4. By Rich on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve liked this db Jefferson ever since seeing him in pre-season last year. He can cover, has spped and size. Not sure how I guy like that went undrafted.

    Do you think Jefferson can see considerable time at db this year?

  5. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Rich —

    RE: Jefferson

    Possible. They definitely like his potential.

  6. By C Sizzle on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    havent heard much about Richard Marshall, how is he doing? Is he going to be the #1?

  7. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    C Sizzle —

    RE: Marshall

    Working with the second unit right now. That can change.

  8. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Lots of questions.
    Was it a small tear/partial tear/complete tear?
    What caused it and what was the root problem?
    What’s the timeline before giving up rehab and going to surgery?
    What’s the benefits of going under the knife now/recovery time?
    Will Peterson be getting any reps at Safety?
    How many licks DOES it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

  9. By R Robles on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren do you know when 1st cuts are coming?

  10. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    R Robles —

    RE: Cuts

    90 to 75 after third game, 75 to 53 after fourth preseason game.

  11. By Demond Howard on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Even though Rashad Johnson and Matt Ware are able to play the position, do you think they will look at free agents?


  12. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Demond —

    RE: FA

    Not with Adrian trying to play.

  13. By Jesse Robles on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hope this isn’t a recurring thing for Wilson, especially his play from last year. If you are too hurt to play, don’t play. Don’t try to be Mr. Tough Guy like last year and play horribly, then have something to blame it on. I’d take the PUP for the first half of the season, I think we are good enough to make the playoffs still. Coming back week 1 at 35% is going to be a waste. Coming off the PUP list the second half of the Season at 75% seems like a better way to go about it. I just hope he recovers safe, and not try to over do it.

  14. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Jesse —

    RE: PUP

    Can’t be on PUP. Already practiced in camp.

  15. By MIKE G on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren looks like Rashad Johnson is going to get quality playing time. We need him!! He is in his 3rd year and he needs to step up. Do you see him as an underacheiving player for the Card’s at this point in his career????

  16. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Rashad

    I think he hasn’t had much of a shot, but I do think he needs to step up.

  17. By chickenstax on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply


    You say we won’t look at FA with Wilson “trying” to play. Wasn’t this team in pretty much the exact same position with Hayes last year, not going out and signing a FA LBer because Hayes was going to “try and play” coming off a pretty serious injury? why would the team put itself in a position of hoping and praying/weakness as far as that’s concerned, especially considering they are still 14.6 million dollars under the cap and have money to shore up problem areas?


  18. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Chickenstax —

    RE: FA

    I think there’s a lot of time before the regular season arrives. You’re not signing a starter right now anyway. There is a reason they wanted Ware back.

  19. By Mr. Know It All on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Darren here are some SS that may still be UFA.
    Good to have Matt Ware back.
    Darren was M Lewis in camp previously?

    Michael Lewis was a starter 2 of last 3 years
    Donnie Nickey Special teamer
    Pat Watkins Special teamer

  20. By chickenstax on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply


    That sounds EXACTLY like what we heard last off-season. Great… so in other words… no, they haven’t learned any lessons from what happened in the past. Matt Ware… ugh. Good to know.


  21. By D on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    So, our best player in the secondary is going to be unable to tackle and one corner spot will be manned by a rookie…and we don’t have a proven pass rusher…this doesn’t spell for a good defense for 2011

  22. By georgiebird on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Rashad Johnson is a litmus test for this Cardinal team. If he can’t step up and be a good NFL player then it makes you wonder about all the recent draft choices, e.g. Doucet, Williams, Washington, who we are now depending on.
    Let’s be honest here- Rashad Johnson is trying to break-in to one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL- the ceiling is not that high.

  23. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Mr. Know —

    RE: Michael Lewis

    Cards had S Keith Lewis in camp in 2009.

  24. By Mr. Know It All on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Darren, it was K Lewis but the Cards have SS help H Abdullah and M Ware though I’m sure A-Dub will be fine this presents yet another challenge for DC Horton.

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