Beanie’s knee and his limits

Posted by Darren Urban on November 23, 2011 – 10:23 am

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the sore knee of running back Beanie Wells isn’t limiting what the Cardinals can do in the run game, although it is limiting the number of reps Beanie can get in a game. “We’re fortunate we’re able to have Beanie at all after what happened and thinking he might be gone for the year,” Whisenhunt said.

What “limiting” means going forward is debatable. Beanie has only practiced fully one day in the past few weeks, the Friday before the Philadelphia game. Other than that, he’s been mostly limited in practice, with a few DNPs. He actually looked pretty strong in his few carries against the 49ers (although he did lose a crucial fumble) and told the AP the other day that resting the knee is something for the week and practice and “once the game is here I’m full go, ready to play 100 percent of the plays.”

That’s when you get in a grey area. Part of the thinking might be that, if the knee is still enough of an issue that it has to be rested during the week, it’s hard to completely turn Wells loose workload-wise in a game. Said Whisenhunt, “He can’t go more than a certain number of reps at a time during the course of a game, so you have to make sure you watch that. There have been a few times where we’ve called plays we wanted him in there that you’ve had to put another back in there.”

Whisenhunt just wants to have Wells available the final six games, especially with the season-long specter of the absent Ryan Williams looming over the backfield.

One good sign was, despite only eight rushes in San Francisco, Wells averaged 4.1 yards a carry, the first time he has been better than 3.8 in a game since his huge day against the Giants Oct. 2. His showing this weekend against the Rams will be intriguing; the Rams have struggled a lot against the run this season but in the teams’ first meeting, Beanie gained just 20 yards on 10 attempts.

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  1. By Mark on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    The thing that has surprised me the most is not using Chester Taylor more. Even last weeks announcers for the T.V. Broadcast were surprised?? We know he knows the offense by know. Also, Chester had a great run in last weeks game!!

  2. By Cards4Life on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    poor Beanie, He was on course for a pro bowl season befor the injury too really sucks but exicited to see what this team can do with a full off season under horton, and kolb in this offense with proper time to learn the system.
    also wont hurt to have Toler, R. Williams, back and hopfully A healthy ADub, Kerry rhodes, beanie wells, heap, housler…..Just sayin maybe its not all the coaches fault for this bad season

  3. By D on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    “the season-long specter of the absent Ryan Williams looming over the backfield”

    Darren, do you think ryan’s injury will cause the cards to look at options at RB in the draft?


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

    D —

    RE: RB in draft

    I’d think they have too many other places they need to help first, especially if they think RWilliams will be OK, which I think they do.

  5. By Peter in Canada on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    The injuries certainly haven’t helped our cause. I know all teams have injuries but some are better able to withstand them than others. We trade DRC and Hightower and where do be suffer injuries? CB and RB.

    Darren and all the posters – Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.

  6. By D on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    other places like Off tackles, OLB, safety and maybe a wr? 🙂

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. By MIKE G on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren– I think depth at RB has hurt the Card’s this year. I don’t know if Beanie will ever shake these nagging injuries. He is a good strong back but he is tall and rather “leggy”. He runs up-right and is open for leg shots by oncoming tacklers. I don’t think he will ever be a consistent 20-25 carry guy week in and week out because of his height and running style. We need another back to work with him and take some of the carries. It was ashame with Ryan Williams but that is the NFL. Darren –Are you surprised Alfonso Smith has not received a few more carries the last few games???? Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

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

    Mike G —

    RE: Alfonso

    A little surprised, but I think they’d rather give it to Beanie all things being equal.

  9. By Austin on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    I personally can’t wait to see Beanie and Williams splitting reps. Wells will be less likely to get hurt, and we have all seen how he can perform when he’s healthy. I know we only got a glympsE of ‘lilsweetness but I have a feeling that with both of them healthy we could have a dynamic running game next year!
    GO CARDS!!!!!!

  10. By Nick Pepe on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    Beanie playing hard. Thats all you can ask for. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Raise a glass and toast those who can’t be, or are no longer, with us.

    Nick Pepe
    Thankful Lifetime Member

  11. By Kevin on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    Here is where I like our team.
    Start with Linebackers who I think we are solid .
    Acho,Lennon,Schofield , and Washington.
    Cornerback and Safteys.
    A-Dub and Rhodes perfect almost like Rhodes he is very good.
    Have Peterson and Aj andMarshall not to bad. I for one do not miss DRC he was burned as often last year as we are this year.
    The ones in the trenches the defensive line.
    Campbell is a monster Dockett is as funny as they come. Looking forward to Talley and Carter and Walker to see how they pan out. My main question why the h*ll did we bring in Holliday for?
    Offensive front.
    Lutui needs to play. Colledge is good and so is Sendlein and waiting on Batiste.
    We could have the best TE’s in the NFL but never healthy we have Heap and King and Housler .
    WR Fritz not much besides him. Thought Early would be so much better size reminds you have Boldin but needs to get better. What ever happen to Stephen Williams number 18?
    Running backs
    Wells stay healthy and would be a beast. Taylor good back up. Maybe a number 3.
    PR KR Peterson and LaRod can you get any better?
    Now for the QB’s Kolb needs to grow thought by game 8 we would be okay but nope. Bartel is better than Skelton. Without the Cardinals I would say Skelton would not be in the NFL like so many of the QB’s we have had.
    Coach Whiz is the best hope he is with us until he calls it quits. Think it is time for another Offensive line Coach cause Russ is not doing it and with his background we should be so much better. Defensive coach Horton wait till next year. Chris Miller we can do better.

  12. By phobos on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    Beanie or no beanie wiz justs refuses to run the ball consecutive times…..The first int is all playcalling. Its 2nd and 2 and we come out in a shotgun pass after wells shows that we can run on them.

    When will wiz realize that he doesnt have Warner back there anymore and to give your young QB with no offseason some help. This is why the 49ers are winning. they simplified things cause they know there limitations

  13. By CreditCard on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    If Robert Griffin III chooses to leave after his junior year, the Cardinals should have a high enough draft pick to selct Griffin. Even though he is a QB, he is large(6’2″, 220lb) with world class speed. I would guess he could bring the Cards a Wildcat option game, plus line up as a receiver, and fit in nicely as a running back. Although Wells, and Williams have talent, getting another play-maker that can fit a completely differnt role,as well as given spot rests for those two RB. I think this would be something I think the Cards should seek.

  14. By AL on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    I’m worried about having Beanie and Williams as backs for the future just because they’re both injury-prone. I know everyone gets injured on the NFL but it would be nice to have two talented backs (which they are) running full-power throughout the season.

    Maybe the Cards should hire the phoenix Suns ‘miracle’ training staff while they’re locked out…

  15. By LUKE on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    not limiting what they can do in the run offense?than what is??please.

  16. By Mike in Mesa on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    Alfonso Smith has 26 carries for 90 yds. An avg. of 3.5 yds per carry. Until last week when Wells had a decent game. 8 carries for 33 yds. some of which could be negated by the fumble. Before that he had 2.0 and 2.7 yds per carry while hurt. Don’t you think Smith should get more carries and give Beanie a rest? His stats aren’t that bad so far.

  17. By Scott H on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    Happy Thanksgiving to all Cardinals fans!!!

  18. By ben on Nov 23, 2011 | Reply

    why not just go with him as hard and long as he can take. they have pussyfooted around with this guys injuries since the moment he signed that big first round deal. what ist the coach doing saving him for the next team he goes to. he the pop whiz pull your head out and give him the ball.

  19. By CORMAC on Nov 24, 2011 | Reply

    Beanie may have had a good average, but total output was only 33 yards…….
    I look forward to seeing Ryan next year. Hopefully we can pick up some O line to make everyone look good, but how many good offensive line players will be available next year????? If there is a shallow pool, how may we improve it ???

  20. By cardsalltheway on Nov 26, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve NEVER seen Beanie find a hole when there wasn’t one like LeGarrette Blount(40 seconds into video and then replay)…

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