Some work under the lights

Posted by Darren Urban on October 1, 2012 – 7:56 pm

It was basically a walk-through tonight, which is what is expected a day after playing an NFL football game. The Cards will practice late afternoon tomorrow, and midday Wednesday before flying out for St. Louis.

The Cardinals did have an injury report, although as coach Ken Whisenhunt noted earlier today, the truth about how banged-up players like Darnell Dockett really are won’t be known until tomorrow at the earliest. And even then I am guessing Dockett and others will be game-day decisions whether they will play.

Monday’s list is long. CB Michael Adams (hamstring), TE Jim Dray (knee), TE Todd Heap (knee), RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (hip) and LB Quentin Groves (hamstring) did not practice. Dockett (hamstring) was limited, as was LB Paris Lenon (knee), LB O’Brien Schofield (knee), FB Anthony Sherman (hamstring), QB John Skelton (ankle), G Adam Snyder (elbow) and NT Dan Williams (foot).

For the Rams, among those on the injury report were RB Steven Jackson (groin) and T Rodger Saffold (knee), both of whom sat out.

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  1. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I read the last couple of blogs and wanted to add my opinion on the pass defense. I think the defense focus was more on stopping the run and Reggie Bush more than worrying about a rookie QB. Bush can hurt you in many way but a rookie QB always seems to make a mistake when it counts most and he did. I also read something about people not being able to watch some of the games. Well if you have a computer, you can stream the games at
    Sometimes I am in locations where I can not see the game so I load up my laptop
    A few people are a little concerned about the short week. Well the Rams have a short week as well. Good thing is, we only have to travel to St. Louis. It’s not like the team is flying to the east coast. A division game on a short week and the Rams have not lost at home this year. They beat Seattle and Washington so it will be a tough task, but I don’t think our team will take the Rams lightly like they did the Dolphins. We flat out got out coached and out game planned in the first half. But the coaches and players came out in the second have and made adjustments to win the game and that’s what its all about. Adapting and adjusting to win the game. Great job guys. Co Cards !!!

  2. By Nathan on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Man that was too intense to watch…So Darren I’m waiting for the article about Daryl Washington the new number 58 picking it up where Dansby left off with a strip sack to end up propeling the Cardinals to an overtime victory, maybe not quite as dramatic as the Dansby play but considering you wrote of Dansby’s return, i’ve been waiting for you to make a mention of it. Secondly, if the Cardinals ever by some chance pickup Emanuel Acho, the article name should be “Acho Synco.”

  3. By MH on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    @Bay Area Bad Boy Good comments regarding the pass D. I think another factor was that MIA’s O-line held up very well, giving Tannehill time to find the open receiver. DDocket’s trademark pressure and chaos inside was sorely missed. Regardless, I would have hoped Ray Horton would have been able to adjust and avoid giving up such embarrassing numbers in the second half to a rookie QB. On the plus side, the defense held up well against a top-ranked running attack coming into the game.

    Anyway, just another Nor Cal Cards fan saying what’s up to the Red Sea. Let’s go #birdgang

  4. By Jason Zumwalt on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    BABB. Word. Same thinking. Horton kept the pressure up and it eventually broke the rookie down. Got to hand it to him for sticking to the plan. It worked!

  5. By cardsfan16 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Darren other than special teams do you think stewart bradley will finally make a season debut? Short weak and he should be rested and healthy. He looked better than average in preseason and hasnt taken a snap this season has he?

  6. By Darren Urban on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    cardsfan —

    RE: Bradley

    He has taken one defensive snap. I don’t know if he will play more defensively. I think that’ll depend on how Lenon is feeling.

  7. By Drumstick on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    This injury report is quite alarming. Dockett, Stephens-howling, Heap, Lenon, Sherman. No word on Wells?

  8. By Darren Urban on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Drumstick —

    RE: Wells

  9. By Vegas Khan on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    All great comments….K Dansby and Marshall were seen crushed when Roberts made either touchdown(jealousy is a bitch). The issue is that media considers the Cards a fluke. Fortunately Whiz has addressed the “luck” thing.
    Bottom line is that this Cards team hits hard and fast. NO ONE else in the league has speed and power like we do. And im not forgetting to mention anyone else(49ers/Bears). Going forward all the “come from behind wins” have given us a never quit attitude. This week will give us enough time to gather the team and realize that we were out of focus this Sunday, meaning that Thursday, in front of the whole nation, the Cards will handle business…GO CARDS!!!
    p.s. In Vegas, any Cards fans please hit me up!

  10. By bluepitt on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I think we went after the run as well, who knew that Rook QB had that in him. he showed some good plays but absolutely lit it up on Sunday hats off to him. Some of our pressure (Dock) was missing he would have been double teamed letting one of our LB’s reek havoc inside the pocket… Good Job Whiz on resting Dock for STL. I think the Division matchup is way more important than the Fins….we need a bruiser inside the 5yd line to punch it in! I miss Wells!!! Williams has a long road ahead…. I hope he can improve…

  11. By D on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Do you think the Off coaching staff learned anything from the C. Wake mugging last Sunday? They better chip Chris Long or Kolb will get his 51st concussion on that concrete…

  12. By Dynosoar on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Bay Area,

    Solid assessment. I also like someone actually pointing out that while it’s going to be tough for us to have a shortened week, the Rams have the same shortened week.

    In case anyone missed it in the last post, Brad Oneill made a statement about 19-0 teams that was by far the funniest statement I’ve heard in a month.

    “If the Cardinals went 19-0, the media would say they’re the worst 19-0 team in history.” Brad, that’s a statement to be quoted forever.

    Some quick stats into the game:
    Sacks by Cardinals 16, Rams 6
    Sacks allowed tied at 14
    QB Hits allowed tied at 24
    Touchdowns scored Cardinals 10, Rams 6 (last)
    Touchdowns allowed Cardinals 4 (1st), Rams 10 (17th)
    Interceptions Cardinals 4, Rams 8
    Forced Fumbles Cardinals 6 (all recovered), Rams 0

    In the last blog, Scott H wondered what 5-0 would feel like, Scott, you may very well get to tell us after Thursday. We’ll have to wait, but looking at how our teams have performed so far, I can see it.

    (On a success breeds success note, no one ever accomplished anything grand without first seeing the accomplishment in their minds eye. Our team believes they’ll win every close game and they do. Do the Rams believe this?)

    Texascard, phd in griping, classic. I’m with you believeing in the Cards all the way.

  13. By Dynosoar on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve read many a post stating the Cardinals are winning because they won’t give up. We all seem to like this.

    “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
    – Babe Ruth

  14. By DontTakeLoses on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Our QB hits caused turnovers, Miami’s did not.

    Stewart Bradley needs to see some action, Lenon is great, can’t keep it up…wearing him down. C’mon coach.

  15. By Pete Dowdle on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Like Jason Z. before me, I agree that Horton did really well with the design of the game plan and sticking to it. But for the 80-yard bomb that gave the Dolphins the late lead, the plan had been executed solidly throughout the game, creating opportunities that nearly led to even more turnovers and, more importantly, relegating Miami to the relatively one-dimensional attack they became in the second half. Had he adjusted to heavier coverage, less pressure, in the hope of taking out some of the plays that went over the top, the Dolphins probably would’ve adjusted, gone to their ground game a bit more, thereby eating up more of the clock and not leaving the Card’s with the time they needed to take it to OT. He and the Card’s obviously have the requisite confidence in the plan to make it work, and I’ve been coming away with more and more confidence in it since the mid-point of last season. If I was ever a doubter, that’s become a faded, distant memory…

  16. By brad oneill on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Dynosaur- thanks for quoting, its good to know i’m not the only one laughing at my jokes. 🙂

  17. By Dynosoar on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Arizona score differential +30, 7th in league
    Rams -12, 19th in the league

    (The 49ers are +39, good job to them against the Jets. If the Jets had scored just 9 points, which they didn’t, we’d be tied with San Fran.)

  18. By Matthew on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Dockett will be able to play, without the blockers doubling up on him you could notice that the pressure was not there from other areas.

  19. By mal on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Oh… thanks to Lyle Sendlein and Darren, now the daze are all clear. When Thursday is Sunday, for players Monday is Wednesday but Wednesday is Friday for scribes.

    But… does that make Tuesday Tuesday?

  20. By Chuck 1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    When I think of Gay’s coverage problems, I’m reminded of another ex-Steelers DB, who didn’t pan out as Graves and Whiz thought: Can you say McFadden?

    Just because a player played in the AFC Central Division doesn’t make them a player that the Cards should acquire e.g. Faneca, Haggan, Porter, all part of the OTH (Over-the-Hill) bunch.

  21. By clssylssy on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    I think everyone is overlooking the fact that this isn’t the same old Rams, just like we aren’t the same old Cards…the Rams were able to beat the favored Hags last week who were still riding high on their ill-gotten win from the Packers, that being said, St. Louis fans are a lot like Cards fans. The are use to getting no respect, and in their house they are loud and proud! Sam Bradford is far superior to Kolb (according to Kurt Warner) and looks very much like a young Kurt Warner, their offense is dangerous in their WR Steve Smith, there RB, Steven Jackson and don’t forget their kicker than just put up a 60 yrd FG. Stats are just numbers on a page, games are won by players with heart and determination in addition to talent.
    We have what it takes to win, Fitz will be have double or triple coverage which he can handle if he can get the ball. The Rams are a mirror image of the Cards and this is a game that scares me. We have to stay humble and keep focus withh everyone doing their job and treating this game like it is for the playoffs. DON’T TAKE LOSSES! FLY HIGH and go out there with the heart of a Lion!

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