Beanie decision comes game day

Posted by Darren Urban on September 23, 2011 – 1:17 pm

It what is no surprise, coach Ken Whisenhunt said running back Beanie Wells — who had hamstring issues Thursday at practice — will be a game-day decision in Seattle. The official injury report is still to come, but Wells said he did go through some work Friday. Whisenhunt said part of the week of work was getting newcomer and veteran Chester Taylor more reps, so there is a comfort level if Wells cannot go.

“We wanted to be conservative as opposed to injuring it so Chester got a lot of reps,” Whisenhunt said.

“It’s doing well,” Wells said. “It got a little tight yesterday so we decided to let it calm down a little bit,” adding “I don’t think I’ll be limited at all if I play Sunday.”

Linebacker Daryl Washington (calf) and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hand) continue to increase their workload in practice, something Whisenhunt said he is “excited about.” Both will join Wells as game-day decisions. Adding Stephens-Howling would help if Wells is out. The Cardinals also have Alfonso Smith, who is inexperienced (he has never had an NFL carry in the regular season) but has flashed talent during preseason work.

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41 Responses to “Beanie decision comes game day”

  1. By Secret on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, if beanie is active for sunday, do you think he’ll only get limited carries? If you ask me, I think it would be a smart thing to do.

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Secret —

    RE: Limiting Beanie

    In my opinion, if he isn’t healthy enough to do what he normally does, it makes more sense just to sit him. What’s the point of letting him play if he can only carry it, say, six times?

  3. By RB's on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Think we sent the wrong RB to Washington if you want my honest opinion…he’s spent more time injuried than he’s been worth and He wants to be the “everydown back”. (roll eyes)

  4. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    RBs —

    RE: Beanie injured

    Beanie has played in 31 of a possible 34 regular-season games as a pro. The only three he missed were last year, all related to his torn meniscus and the resulting surgery.

  5. By TucsonTim on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, I can’t find your old post. Didn’t you tell me that Hightower was due to make $2 mil this year as a Card?

  6. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Tucson —

    TE: Hightower salary

    Hightower was tendered as an RFA before the lockout and signed that tender. While tender salaries were never put out there in the whirlwind of the lockout, last year, such a tender was worth a little north of $2 million.
    EDIT: I tried to look it up and it seems Hightower is making $1.8M this season.

  7. By Jon L. on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    The Cardinals definitely need Beanie to get in there sometime. It seems like the guy never plays!

  8. By AZCoyotes on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    People need to get over Tim Hightower. Beanie will be fine.

  9. By Andy M on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, it cracks me up: earlier this week there was an avalanche of comments about how talented and hard-running Beanie is and how the Cardinals need to get him the ball. Then, he tweaks his ham and the chorus of posts are submitted that he is soft, the Cardinals should not have gotten rid of Hightower and so forth. I don’t know how you put up with the vagaries of fair weather human nature. Seems like some people aren’t happy unless they have something to complain about. Jeez.

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Andy M —

    RE: Beanie back and forth

    (nods head)

  11. By ross on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Prove em wrong beanie.

  12. By CardsFan on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply


    I’m with you on the “sit Beanie” if he’ll only be able to get a couple carries!!! I think the Cardinals fans underestimate the depth behind Beanie. I’m pretty sure Taylor has plenty gas in the tank considering his light workload recently, so my question is, do you think he’s comfortable enough from what you seen lately of him & also the same ? for Smith.

    Thanks for you Time & all the updates as usual

  13. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    CardsFan —

    RE: Taylor and Smith

    I would be anxious to see what Smith can do. I like Taylor as a veteran presence and backup; not sure, after 10 years, how he will work as the main guy.

  14. By georgiebird on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Beanie is still a young player-he’s the age of our 2011 draft choices except for Peterson who is about 1.5 years younger. THT is about 2+ years older than Beanie.
    My question is “how did Beanie injure his hamstring at practice?” Was it more like failing to warm up properly, clowning around or was it in action?
    In this lousy division the Cardinals need to play:
    1) physical
    2) smart
    3) with only a couple of penalties
    4) no turnovers
    It makes no difference who’s playing. In this division teams tend more to lose the game rather than winning the game.
    Forget Beanie, I just hope Whiz out-coaches Carroll.

  15. By josh on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    i hopr you get better beanie darren do you thinck that hell play on sunday.

  16. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Josh —

    RE: Beanie

    Game-day decision. No idea. Sunday is a long time from now.

    P.S. Feel free to put all your brief comments into one bigger comment, instead on lotsa little ones.

  17. By Skiptim on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Darren –

    What’s the deal with Eric Stahl’s article about Sam Acho? He trying to steal some of your eggs? Tryin to step on your funk? Tryin to steal your mojo?

  18. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Skiptim —

    RE: Acho article

    There will be a handful of articles written by journalism students, of whom Eric is one.

  19. By josh on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    prove them wrong beanie i no you can do this

  20. By daniel on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    i think alfonso smith could be implemented if beanie sits. before we signed taylor, i thought alfonso smith would be beanie wells’ backup. He showed good vision and ran the ball hard, although it was against pre-season defenses. Curious to see what he can do if he gets a chance.
    i was really expecting wells to play this game and run all over seattle. i still hope he does. we need a solid ground game, without it, wins will not come easy.

  21. By Ryan W on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Who ever thinks Beanie wells should of went to Redskins over Hightower is nuts ! Wells has had two games with 90 or more yards! For instance in the Redskins game he had 93 yards and only had 14 rushes! Hightower had 20 rushes for 96 yards ! And in Hightowers first game against the New York Giants , he had 25 rushes for 72 yards! Beanie in his first game had only 18 rushes for 90 yards. Basically according to wells average for yards per carry for either of his first two games, if he would of had as many attempts with the ball as Hightower has, He would have a probable 120 yards per game!

  22. By Ryan W on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Oh ya! Wells also has had a Touchdown run in both games!

  23. By MIKE G on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren – We have to play a clean game at Seattle on Sunday if we expect to win. They are 0-2 and will throw the kitchen sink. I’m going Cards 24 Seattle 19.
    I would like to see Alfonso Smith go–if Beanie can’t with carries from Taylor and Hyphen(if he goes)–Have to do it by committee this week. I/m looking for another big week from our tight ends. Hey Darren —
    Did Sampson practice some??? I think Whiz is going to play him one of these weeks.

  24. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Sampson

    He did practice. He should be available.

  25. By Eric on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    I think it is hilarious the way people love a guy one week, and hate him the next. With Beanie’s style of play, injuries are going to come. I think he showed he was a stud only missing three games after his arthro knee procedure. I have had the same surgery and can tell you, missing three weeks and playing was freaking tough. I realize he wasn’t as productive, but, man, the guy is tough. Leave him alone. He’s playing some of the best ball in the league right now. Worry about OL and LB play if you just have to complain.

  26. By josh on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    man i really want beanie to start.

  27. By Alberto on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    yahoo sports is reporting that Clark Haggans may be suspended.No reasons are mentioned.Do you know anything about this?

  28. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    Alberto —

    RE: Haggans

    I saw the story. I have no idea why he would be on the list. Clark has never been in any trouble.

  29. By josh on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    okay .man beanie he is a good guy he just needs some time yo get healthy .who should i start hitower or beanie and matt ryan or tom brady.

  30. By spank on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Darren – If Beanie does not go – Who is the guy?

  31. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    Spank —

    RE: Beanie backup

    I would think Chester Taylor will be the main backup, depending on the health of Hyphen.

  32. By richard moreno on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Its not that they love him one week and hate him the next. Its just the opportunity for the Beanie haters to come out and have their say.

    Its sux you gotta go to these lengths to prove your worth as a player but hopefully after this year minds will all change. (good vibes beanie)

  33. By CNelson on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Just and FYI for thoes of you that are ragging on our O-Line, they did a tremendous job sunday and will only get better, on the sack where Kolb lost the ball getting hit from behind, the pass rusher blew up J. King and got to kolb. And on the touchdown, they sent more than we could pick up, and Kolb knew it, L. Brown picked up the right pass rusher that was comimg inside allowing the outside passer free to take the long way around giving Kolb enough time to makethe throw. Any other times they gave Kolb enough time he just held onto it to long. Not to mention the fact C. Wells couldnt have his per carry average without great run blocking… And this is only 2 weeks into the season, I for one cannot wait to see how well this team plays when they are all on the same page, defence and offence!

    Any idea how we were unlucky enough to get Pitt and Balt. On back to back weeks? And do you think the game planning for Pitt could possibly carry ovet to Balt.?

  34. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    CNelson —

    RE: Pitt and Balt back to back.

    It’s the luck of the schedule. You have to play them sometime. At least Pitt is at home after the bye.

  35. By sherri on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    I hope Wells can play but if not I would have to say for protection for Kolb Taylor should be in to help block. I would like Smith to get some touches but Seattle is such a hard place to play.

  36. By josh on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    should i start beanie or tim hitower for fantasyfootball

  37. By Darren Urban on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    Josh —

    RE: Fantasy

    I can’t answer that for you. That’s what being an owner is all about.

  38. By David Hickson on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    Beanie is a bigger stronger version of Adrian Peterson. Be patient and it will happen.

  39. By josh on Sep 25, 2011 | Reply

    is there any latest news for beanie or any other hurt players

  40. By Darren Urban on Sep 25, 2011 | Reply

    Josh —

    RE: Beanie update

    There won’t be anything until 90 minutes before kickoff.

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