Beanie, Heap game-day decisions in Baltimore

Posted by Darren Urban on October 28, 2011 – 12:29 pm

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said RB Beanie Wells was indeed able to do more work on his sore knee Friday, and with both he and TE Todd Heap (hamstring) “progressing,” they will be part of the group of players that will be game-day decisions for the Cardinals. Included in that will be LB Joey Porter, who is dealing with a chronic knee issue. They are among six players — WR Early Doucet (quadricep), WR DeMarco Sampson (hamstring) and TE Jim Dray (pectoral) as well — who are officially questionable for Sunday’s game in Baltimore.

S Kerry Rhodes (foot) is obviously out. CB Michael Adams (hand) is probable.

The hope is that Heap and Beanie get better, but Porter’s problem is something that isn’t going away. “It’s something it depends how he responds week-to-week,” Whisenhunt said of Porter. “We’ve been giving him time off at practice. It depends on whether he takes a shot in the game or what happens gamedays. It’s indicative of a lot of older players around the league.”

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24 Responses to “Beanie, Heap game-day decisions in Baltimore”

  1. By Gilbert on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Porter needs to retire. Whats ur opinion Darren ? Think porter will be a Card next year?

  2. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Gilbert —

    RE: Porter

    No, I don’t see him here in 2012.

  3. By nodavis2000 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply


    Any word on WHO’S starting the game in his OLB position??? If it’s so up in the air, I’d doubt they’d want him to play and get injured. Any word or confirmation on on who might start in his place…

    Thanks on your replies too!!!
    I’ve liked your past few articles. Hyphen definitely needs more touches. Housler will be a really good TE. I hope he learns a lot from Heap and King. Also, I feel comfortable with Alfonso being the work horse back. I think he has potential.

  4. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Nodavis —

    RE: Porter

    First of all, Porter could still play. If not, I would guess Schofield since he is next up on the depth chart.

  5. By D on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply


    Do you know the status of Beanie’s contract? Is he restricted next year?

  6. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Beanie contract

    Beanie is signed through 2013.

  7. By Phoenixraven1 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Acho or schofield start if Porter isn’t/shouldn’t be in there?

  8. By D on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think the rest of the year will go a long way in development for the younger players: Housler, Sherman, Acho, Schofield, Peterson and Jefferson, and Kolb – if they show improvements then the Cards will have fewer holes to fill in the offseason.
    Hopefully ownership will be patient with Coach Whiz and give him this offseason to work with Kolb-making drastic changes at the end of the year will put this team back a few more years…

  9. By Kevinator on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply


    Do you think Early Doucet will play?

  10. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Kevinator —

    RE: Doucet

    He practiced full Friday so yes, I expect him to play.

  11. By Phoenixraven1 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Break out game for Docet and Roberts!

  12. By Peter in Canada on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Gibert – Porter should not have been a Card this year. They should have signed a younger vet. Porter, Haggans and Lennon are all on the wrong side of 30. Which begs the question why has Bradley played so little? Darren you said once he was finding the defence too complex. Is this is still the case?

  13. By AndyStandsUp on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    I not a doctor, (though I play one on tv) but I think I can diagnose Porter’s knee injury:
    The medical term is Patellar Lackofpressuritis, mainly found in underachieving men from Pennsylvania and it’s symptoms include, but are not limited to, bark is worse than bite disease, an affection for running into larger men instead of going around them and fear of Taco Bell parking lots.
    Physical ailments include, but not limited to, torn biceps, gaps between front teeth and buttock gun wounds.

    The only cure for this dreaded ravagement is permanent rest from certain exertions such as thumb wrestling, watching CSpan, playing OLB for the Cardinals, basketweaving and breathing.

    Unfortunately, Patellar Lackofpressuritis, while not life-threatening, is career-threatening if not treated early – or if your boss continues to live in the mid 2000’s.

  14. By Mr. Know It All on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Out of 35 players drafted since 2007 (the beginning of the K Whiz era) 13 are not on the Cards roster-talk about hit or miss!!!!!!!!!!

  15. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Mr. Know —

    RE: Hit or miss

    I could be wrong, but my guess is, if you take most teams with other coaches who have been around that long, you will find similar results.

  16. By carlo7000 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    thank you for the post.i think you should replace doctor gregory house… u have a better talent to evaluate diagnoses

  17. By TucsonTim on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    So 22 of our draft choices since 2007 are on the roster. Ravens have 24 of their draft choices since 2007 on the roster. Sounds pretty average.

  18. By Michael on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Do you feel like the rest of the offense is developing faster than Kolb?
    These rookies are showing some amazing potential but do you agree that Kolb’s difficulty with getting familiar with the offense is holding them back?

  19. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Michael –

    RE: offense held back

    The QB has to be playing well for an offense to look good at all. It can skew the view for sure. That said, I do think they have other issues that are holding back production.

  20. By john walls on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    will the ‘sherman tank”ever get some carries on goalline ?

  21. By suspence716 on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    That was hilarious and also spot on. Porter was done last year, even he knew it, thats why he took a pay cut. Nice that he stuck around for another season just to collect a million some odd dollars! When it comes to whiz, u would think that he would notice his team isn’t black n yellow anymore, not red n white but i bet u can’t tell him that. Stuck in the early 2000’s is an understatement!

  22. By Scott H on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    Sigh….will Beanie ever NOT be a game time decision????

    Regarding this “Suck for Luck” philosophy….we might as well. We suck, anyway, so…why not suck with a true purpose in mind?

    I think any discussion of how many drafted players are still on the roster is truly a waste of time. Doesn’t matter to me how the players got on the damn roster. The team is horrible and the losses just keep piling up. The issue is the people who are making the personnel decisions these days…THAT is where the problem lies and THAT is where the solution needs to be directed.

  23. By cardfancolorado on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply


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