Beanie working his way back

Posted by Darren Urban on May 18, 2012 – 12:39 pm

One of the Cards’ rehabbing running backs hasn’t been shy to talk about his comeback. The other has never been big on talking much about his dings and dents, but Beanie Wells said he is “coming along” after his offseason knee surgery.

“I’m rehabbing, just trying to get back,” Wells said.

He said he doesn’t know his timetable for his return to the field. Wells has been at the facility, and on days where the veterans have gone out as an offense to work on passing routes, Wells has joined them outside even though he can’t take part. His ability to take part in organized team activities and/or minicamp is to be announced.

“I am hopeful, but it’s offseason stuff,” Wells said. “Being ready for training camp is the most important thing.”

The Cardinals did just sign running back Javarris James, likely more as a body to get through the offseason work more than anything else. As I have mentioned, the team didn’t draft a running back or sign an undrafted rookie running back, so there has to be confidence both Wells and the aforementioned Ryan Williams (coming off patella tendon surgery) will be ready when it matters. Williams, who is anxious to get back on the field right now, admits the team will likely not push him now, instead wanting to preserve him for camp. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the team takes the same tact with Beanie.

He’s made that work before. Last season, Beanie didn’t get any summer work — no one did, because of the lockout — and he still had a career-high 1,047 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns and a 4.3 per-carry average despite battling his knee injury most of the season.

“Last year, we didn’t have an offseason and my year paid dividends,” Wells said. “We’ll take it from there.”

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  1. By mal on May 18, 2012 | Reply


    I’ve watched dinged players during training camp who cant actually get on the field and participate, but theyre still getting sorta coached up just by watching the other guys practice — learning the plays, routes, blocking schemes, etc. When they get a chance, theyre always talking it up with coaches and teammates.

    So while Beanie has joined the vets when the offense gets out on the field to work, is Williams allowed to be out there, too? I would think it would benefit him just to be watching and learning. But he’s kind of in no-man’s land, isnt he — not really a rookie but not a vet either?

  2. By Darren Urban on May 19, 2012 | Reply

    Mal –

    RE: Ryan Williams

    Yes, he’s allowed to be there. He is in a different place with his rehab though, and I’m not sure how he’s handling that.

  3. By Secret on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, I have a question about Stanley Arukwe, specifically his speed. Let’s say he makes it to the 53 man roster. Who do you think he’d replace? Also, how does a 4.19 40 time translate into game speed?

  4. By Darren Urban on May 19, 2012 | Reply

    Secret –

    RE: Arukwe

    We are a long, long, long way from Stanley making a roster.

    As for speed, that’s what the offseason is for, to see how it translates on the field.

  5. By AndyStandsUp on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    Do we have any idea, Darren, whether it was a meniscus problem, ACL, MCL or kneecap? Each have their own recuperation times and if it was similar to Williams’ injury, the timetable would obviously be extended longer. The fact that it was done by James Andrews raises my curiousity, since nowadays you can pretty much go to a Pep Boys to get your knee scoped.

  6. By Darren Urban on May 19, 2012 | Reply

    AndyStands –

    RE: Procedure

    You have read everything I know. I’m pretty sure no one has said, whether it be Beanie or the team.

  7. By Nate on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    I would love to see Wells come back stronger and healthier. Watching wells truck Dbs is one of the reasons to follow this team.

  8. By cardsalltheway on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    “so there has to be confidence both Wells and the aforementioned Ryan Williams (coming off patella tendon surgery) will be ready when it matters.”

    I have hopes but I don’t know why I or anyone else should have confidence?

    “In the other 10 games, Wells gained just 498 yards, averaging 3.1 yards per carry with four touchdowns, as he dealt with his right knee injury, which required two surgeries in the span of 16 months.”

    Will we ever know why Beanie Wells had surgery, I mean what exactly is/was wrong with his knee? What were the surgeries supposed to have fixed?

  9. By cardsalltheway on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    What grows in the spring season of OTA’s?
    “Brown: At least 50 percent of NFL players smoke pot”
    “Four out of 10 draft-eligible prospects from the 2012 class failed at least one school-administered drug test for marijuana; two in 10 failed multiple times, per a CBS Sports report from April.”

    Just don’t get caught then it’s okay. The NFL, America’s favorite past-time! Do Dealers get free game tickets in corporate stadium club seats? Brown should’ve gone into more detail as to how the deals are done, how many Dealers per team, or league ~ AFC/NFC. This brings a new meaning to the “off-season.” Sounds like Roger Goodell has much more work to do in order to clean up the NFL.

  10. By Chuck 1 on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    Trade him.
    His knee problem should not be an issue.
    He’s had plenty of time to recover.

  11. By AB on May 18, 2012 | Reply


    Do you have anymore information about the upcoming Fan Fest? I know you mentioned from an earlier blog that it is going to be Wednesday, June 13th at the University of Phoenix Stadium, but do you have anymore details about it? I also checked University of Phoenix Stadium’s website, but it’s not listed on their upcoming events, yet.

    Thank you for reading and responding. Have a great day!

  12. By Darren Urban on May 19, 2012 | Reply

    AB –

    RE: fan fest

    There are no further details yet.

  13. By Chuck 2 on May 19, 2012 | Reply

    They shoot horses, don’t they?

  14. By cardsalltheway on May 19, 2012 | Reply

    Unless Ken W. takes us further than Jim Harbaugh I don’t see how giving him more money with even another extension would help us in the win column.
    Head to head vs. Pete Carroll 1-3, vs Jim Harbaugh 1-1. This should be a very interesting season with Jeff Fisher in the picture.
    “St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher ($7 million), Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll ($7 million) and the Arizona Cardinals’ Ken Whisenhunt ($5.8 million) all top Harbaugh, who signed a five-year, $25 million contract in 2011, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.”

  15. By shannon robinson on May 19, 2012 | Reply

    Y’all haven’t really seen the Russ Grimm running game – ‘the Hogs’ offense for short. You start with a power back like we have with Beanie. The Center and two guards are now hand picked to work that center/guard cross blocking business that opens space & we’ll send Sherman through the hole first. We’ll have pulling guards and quick hits that open fast. Most of all we’ll see Beanie Wells run the ball, 5 yards, six yards at a pop and we throw off that. I got to watch Russ Grimm lead those Hogs in Redskin Stadium. It’s something to behold; worth waiting for; and lot’s of back slapping fun in the stands.

  16. By cardsalltheway on May 19, 2012 | Reply

    shannon robinson,
    “Y’all haven’t really seen the Russ Grimm running game – ‘the Hogs’ offense for short.”
    I didn’t know Russ Grimm had a running game? Sadly we’ve been waiting 5 years to see what you speak of. You sound like we should be holding our breath, do you really think we’ll ever see such a thing? BTW I’m not holding my breath, especially this year:( We ranked 28th in rushing attempts last year and 24th in total rushing yards.

  17. By Mike Ellingboe on May 20, 2012 | Reply


    He already taken us further than Harbaugh has (2009 Super Bowl, in case you forgot). An NFC title game is impressive, but not quite there. How does having him help us in the win column? Did you ever watch us before his arrival? I will agree it should be an interesting year, as I don’t think the NFC West will be the league’s weakest division anymore.

  18. By Ed-MichCardsFan on May 20, 2012 | Reply


    RE: RB situation

    There’s a proven running back in his prime (age 27) that’s–no secret–disgruntled, feeling pretty unappreciated right now. What are the chances the Cardinals brass go out-of-the-box-shrewd and capitalize on the opportunity to pry Matt Forte out of Chicago??? I mean, the Cardinals were willing to go after a rehabbing Peyton–and, here, Forte would cost less than that, and, unlike Peyton, Forte is in his prime, and he’d be there to compete with (and likely beat-out) the rehabbing running backs this year. There’s no need to worry about offending the current running backs. With the Peyton dealings, the Cardinals weren’t worried about offending our young, healthy QB’s (maybe, “semi” healthy Kolb). For sure, it’s not a question of heart regarding Beanie & Ryan Williams–they’re capable of being potentially awesome. I’m just saying, if it were me as boss, I wouldn’t think twice about taking drastic measures here rather than throwing my whole season’s eggs into the baskets of two guys who are, at best, gimps right now. As a boss, I’d want to sieze the opportunity to send a strong, motivating message to the team and the fans going-in to the season that we EXPECT to challenge to win our division. If the status quo is maintained, it just seems the message is that we HOPE to challenge for the division this year…seems the odds can’t be denied that we’re probably outgunned by the 49ers again.

    Thanks, Darren–All the best!

  19. By Darren Urban on May 20, 2012 | Reply

    Ed-MichCards —

    RE: Forte

    I am from the school of thought that there are very, very few running backs worth paying a steep price for. Even if the Cards got him, they would have to pay him a big contract, which, frankly, they wouldn’t want to do. Makes no sense to me.

  20. By cardsalltheway on May 20, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Ellingboe,
    Are you satisfied? Ken W. won with D. Green’s team, anyway that was 4 years ago. I’m concerned Ken W. will be like many other coaches…
    John Gruden – Got fired, and he won a Superbowl his first year as Buccaneers coach. He lasted 10 years but didn’t win another playoff game.
    Brian Billick/Ravens – He lasted seven years after he won the Super Bowl in 2001, despite the fact he only won one playoff game before he got fired.
    Mike Shanahan/Broncos – He lasted 10 years, then got fired after winning the 1999 Super Bowl despite having only one playoff win and one division title.
    Jeff Fisher/Titans – Lasted nine years after appearing in the 2000 Super Bowl despite winning only two playoff games.
    Andy Reid/Eagles – Has lasted four years since he appeared in the 2005 Super Bowl, despite having two playoff wins and two last place finishes in the NFC East.

  21. By NYCardinals212 on May 20, 2012 | Reply


    Did you happen to notice the Cardinals record before 2007? Take a good look. It will tell you exactly what Whisenhunt has done for the team.

    19 years (1988 to 2007) — 2 non losing seasons (8 -8 and 9 – 7) and 17 losing seasons.

    5 years of Whisenhunt — 4 non losing seasons (8 – 8, 9 – 7, 10 – 6, 8 – 8) and 1 losing season.


  22. By NYCardinals212 on May 20, 2012 | Reply


    Here’s a little more for ya.

    Since “Whisenhunt won with Denny Green’s team”, why didn’t Green win with that team? He went 6 – 10, 5 – 11, and 5 – 11. The next year, Whisenhunt won three more games with “the same team”.

    I’ll admit that Alan Branch, Buster Davis, and Cody Brown were draft busts, but the year of the Super Bowl, Steve Breaston gained 1000 yards, DRC was shutdown talent, Tim Hightower was the #1 RB while Edge sat for most of the year. These were all Whisenhunt draft picks, and all of them helped put us over the top.

    Lastly,Whisenhunt has been the impetus for the completely re-vamped strength and conditioning program that has helped us succeed.

    Its your prerogative to not like Whisenhunt, but asking a question like “what has Whisenhunt done for us in the win column” is ridiculous.

  23. By 123funky on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Darren.

    Do you think that Wells will be the dominant running back after the Training Camps, or do you think that R. Williams or maybe some of the running backs on the roster can challenge him on some playing time?

    – Greetings from Denmark.

  24. By Darren Urban on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    123funky —

    RE: Beanie

    I think if everyone is healthy, Beanie is your No. 1 back but Ryan Williams will get plenty of reps. I see another Beanie/Hightower type of scenario.

  25. By Mike Ellingboe on May 21, 2012 | Reply


    Was going to respond, but NYCardinals212 said everything I was going to. The only thing I’d add, if you believe it was Green’s team that went to the Super Bowl you must really be impressed with the job Singletary did last year. No need to worry about Harbaugh in that case.

  26. By Mike Ellingboe on May 21, 2012 | Reply


    Do you think Beanie will be as effective in another shared back situation? I fear we could see a step back, based on how it worked out previously.

  27. By Darren Urban on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Mike —

    RE: Beanie sharing

    I guess I don’t know. I suppose it would depend on the productivity Ryan Williams provides.

  28. By mal on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    NYCards212 —

    Great answer to alltheyway! Especially the first part — you cant spin those numbers. FUN-duh-mental

  29. By Ed-MichCardsFan on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Point taken–thanks for the insight, Darren. It seems the Bears and most of the NFL also share your same school of thought about RBs. I can step on-board philosophically that there are probably better “good worth / less cost” options than Forte to potentially fortify our RB position.

  30. By cardsalltheway on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    No need to break down Ken W.’s wins/losses, it’s quite simple ~ he’s lost as many games as he’s won in Arizona. Are you satisfied? He’s on track(without a Superbowl win) to end up like John Gruden, Brian Billick, Mike Shanahan, and Jeff fisher with their former teams.

  31. By Eazy E on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    C’mon Beanie! Keep pushing. I would pay for a special back to respond to what EdMich Card fan asked. Forte is nice and deserves the big money.

  32. By William Barry on Jul 4, 2012 | Reply

    Ken W. has made this team a winner. PERIOD.

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