Dockett doubtful, Maui’a returns

Posted by Darren Urban on September 28, 2012 – 12:04 pm

Four players did not practice at all this week, and all four are doubtful to play Sunday against the Dolphins, including defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. (The other three are running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, tight end Todd Heap and tight end/fullback Jim Dray). Not having Dockett would be a blow to the defense, obviously. Coach Ken Whisenhunt called Dockett, Heap and Hyphen game-day decisions, but realistically, it’s going to be tough. “I’m not a doctor, I don’t think he could play. He hasn’t taken a snap,” defensive coordinator Ray Horton said.

Horton reiterated his unit is still leaving plays on the table. That allows the group to stay humble at this point.

— Eagles defensive end Jason Babin was fined $15,750 for his horse-collar tackle against Stephens-Howling in the game last weekend. There was no flag thrown on the play.

— The Cardinals needed a fullback with the injuries to Anthony Sherman (hamstring) and Dray (knee), so they brought in Korey Hall this week. That lasted two days.

The team announced Friday Hall has been placed on the reserved-retired list, with local favorite Regan Maui’a once again getting the call to replace him. I just saw Hall in the locker room yesterday heading to meetings, so obviously something changed to make him apparently choose to retire and/or leave after just signing.

This makes eight different times Maui’a has signed with the Cards all told, starting in 2009. Maui’a was with the Cardinals for a while in training camp last month. Maui’a played in 15 games in 2010 and three games last season for the Cards, having spent training camp with the team for all or part of 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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20 Responses to “Dockett doubtful, Maui’a returns”

  1. By Secret on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    What is the reserved-retired list? I’ve never heard of that before.

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Secret —

    RE: Reserved/retired

    It’s a team’s prerogative to put a retired player on the list. If he is under contract and retires/quits, a team can put him there without it costing a roster spot (don’t believe they have to pay salary either). But they retain his rights if he wants to play. Otherwise, a player not happy with his team could “retire” and then just sign somewhere else.

  3. By SteveG on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Is there a free andwich after the tenth signing?

  4. By in fitz we trust on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    maui’a is a beast, im all for making space for this guy. too bad we only carry 1 FB.

  5. By truths4all on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Perhaps the Cards front office and coaches have given Maui the nick name of “Yo-yo” for the way they keep jerking him around to sign, cut, re-sign, re-cut, etc.

    I hope they find a way to keep him on the roster this time.

  6. By Scott H on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Assuming that Dockett’s knee is not serious and will not cause him to miss extended time, I think the one that concerns me the most right now is Stephens-Howling. With Beanie now out for extended time, maybe the season, that ain’t good. Also hits the special teams pretty hard, too.

    Darren, who will be returning KO’s if Hyphen is not available?

  7. By Darren Urban on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: KOR

    Roberts is listed as No. 2 right now.

  8. By NJAZCardsFan on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Darren- If LSH does not play, do you see both Powell and A. Smith playing on Sunday?
    I guess Maui would be active too?

  9. By Darren Urban on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: RBs

    If Hyphen is out yes, Smith and Powell will be active. And even if Sherman plays, I expect Maui’a to be active.

  10. By D on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    His job will be to chip Wake all day long on Sunday…at least he should know the offense…would probably have him run over Dansby too just to shut him up…

  11. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply


    I don’t remember exactly when Dockett left the game last weekend and I’m wondering how much time did he miss. I think Vonnie Holiday replaced him.
    Who helps Vonnie Holiday when he gets tired.

  12. By Darren Urban on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Bay Area —

    RE: Holliday

    Dock came out in the fourth quarter, about 10 minutes left. This week, Eason and Carter may have to play some DE behind Campbell and Holliday. They’ll rotate.

  13. By Albert on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    With Docket missing time this week, would David Carter be a replacement consideration? I think hes strong and athletic enough to play the position well.

  14. By Darren Urban on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Albert —

    RE: Carter for Dockett

    I could see him playing there some.

  15. By dan on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    I wanted to see the old matchup between Ingonito vs Dockett.

  16. By Darren Urban on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Dan –

    RE: Incognito

    Cheer up. Nick Eason said in a radio interview yesterday Incognito once spit on him. There’s no love lost there either.

  17. By truths4all on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Regarding Carter, does anyone know if Carter has any of the quickness needed to penetrate the offensive line as Dockett so often does? How about the burst of speed to pursue the ball after maintianing his initial gap coverage?

  18. By bluepitt on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Incognito, that dude is compensating for some daddy issues.. I think his opponents play harder because they hate him so much!!!!

  19. By Jason Marcus on Sep 29, 2012 | Reply

    Just moved to Malaysia not looking forward to 4am games, but you can bet I’m not missin my Cards whooooooo 4-0 start people.

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