Peterson to play; Beanie, Rhodes, Kolb out

Posted by Darren Urban on January 1, 2012 – 12:55 pm

The Cardinals will have cornerback Patrick Peterson available today — he is active — despite his Achilles injury last week. Peterson looked good in limited practice Friday and looked solid warming up pre-game with nothing noticeable.

On the flip side, the Cards are without running back Beanie Wells, who was declared inactive no doubt with his ongoing sore knee and the reality that this game probably isn’t worth getting that knee battered again. LaRod Stephens-Howling will get the start in Beanie’s place (and it means Beanie’s only two missed games this season were both against Seattle). Wells finishes the season with 1,047 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, with a 4.3-per carry average. The first game against the Seahawks, Beanie’s absence was felt, and the Cards gained just 90 yards on 28 attempts. Alfonso Smith led the Cards that day with 54 yards on 17 carries. Stephens-Howling also missed that game with a hand injury.

Safety Kerry Rhodes is also inactive after turning his ankle last week; given that the Cards played weeks with Rhodes out with foot surgery — Rashad Johnson and Richard Marshall filled in well — the Cards should be able to adjust.

Obviously, QB Kevin Kolb is also sitting with his concussion issues. John Skelton, as expected, will start.

The rest of the inactives:

  • WR Stephen Williams
  • LB Brandon Williams
  • T D.J. Young
  • WR DeMarco Sampson

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8 Responses to “Peterson to play; Beanie, Rhodes, Kolb out”

  1. By C on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Totally random question to start 2011: Kolb’s had two concussions this year, and from all studies the more you have, the more prone you are to future concussions.

    If Kolb can’t get his head straight, is there any type of cap or salary relief for the Cardinals should he get to the point he can’t play anymore?

  2. By Darren Urban on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    C —

    RE: Concussions

    Right now, no one believes Kolb won’t be able to play again.

  3. By AndHeSansSupper on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Wells inactive is surprising.
    Offseason knee surgery is more than likely, but that was the case before last week’s game also, slim playoff chance nonwithstanding.
    Like it or not, but this puts another bullet in the smoking gun, for me, that Wells has a low tolerance for pain.

  4. By brad oneill on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    its funny when people accuse a guy of being soft who plays an entire season injured. the guy was hurting that was obvious but he showed up and gutted it out. he is sitting out a meaningless game that makes him smart not soft.

    pp played because he had a chance to do something spectacular, set an nfl record in his rookie year.

  5. By azfancolo on Jan 1, 2012 | Reply

    Beanie has been playing hurt for most of the season and some people say he has a low tolerance for pain? That comment must come from a desk job person

  6. By rayray on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply


    I know that Greg Toler is set to return by the time the Cards go to Flagstaff. My question is , what are the plans for Crezdon Butler? Is he stil with the team? If so, are cards high on him? I really liked the way he plays and IMO can be much better than AJ Jefferson. So our cb are Petterson, Marshall( if he signs), AJ Green, Toler, Adams and Butler. Thats not a bad in depth wise.

  7. By Darren Urban on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Rayray —

    RE: Butler

    He is under contract for 2012. Not sure if they are high on him. Barely got to see him.

  8. By cards62 on Jan 2, 2012 | Reply

    Proud of Beanie effort and toughness this seaon, and if I was the coach he would not play in this game.

    I also would not play Kolb or Peterson in this game. No reason to risk further injury.
    I think it speaks well of Peterson that he wants to play, but I would sit him.

    Go Cards

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