Back on the field for Cards

Posted by Darren Urban on September 2, 2013 – 1:46 pm

The Cardinals ran the longest, hardest Labor Day practice I can remember them having. Normally it’s a refresher, let’s-get-into-regular-season-mode-a-little kind of a work. But in this “bonus” practice, coach Bruce Arians said, the Cardinals ran a regular “Wednesday” practice in preparation for the Rams. And they did it outside, with the weather not terribly hot (at least when they were on the field.)

“Normal Mondays we don’t practice — we watch tape and work out a little bit, get the game soreness out, then come back on Wednesday,” Arians said. “So, this was a normal Wednesday. Our bonus Monday was like an extra Wednesday.”

— Tight end Rob Housler (ankle) and running back Rashard Mendenhall (ankle) were the only players not practicing. Housler remains day-to-day, Arians said and he said Mendenhall — who was wearing a brace — can play Sunday. “I did not let him go today, but he’s more than ready,” Arians said. “And Ryan (Williams) is full speed, so we’re fully healthy at running back.”

— Arians said he expects the whole practice squad filled out by Wednesday. There are three open positions.

— Arians called newly claimed Bradley Sowell an “excellent young tackle prospect.” Defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu would have stayed in Pittsburgh, Arians said, if it hadn’t been for a numbers game.

— Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was at practice but had to leave a little bit early to catch a flight back to Pittsburgh. His Pitt Panthers number 1 is being retired tonight at halftime of the Florida State-Pittsburgh game.

— Practices, now, are officially closed after it is open for special teams and individual drills (for those looking for practice info). The depth chart — for instance, where all the running backs fall in the pecking order — is due out tomorrow.

— Also tomorrow: A return to the Cardinals Underground podcast (posted late afternoon), and the beginning of weekly Tuesday chats with myself. Tomorrow’s version will be at 2 p.m., although we will go 1 p.m. normally. The season is upon us.


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18 Responses to “Back on the field for Cards”

  1. By Rugbymuffin on Sep 2, 2013 | Reply

    Yay! Football!

  2. By Mike G on Sep 2, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is good! Can’t wait for the Rams game on Sunday. It will be interesting to see Arian’s first game coaching this week in the regular season where there is a game plan in place. I kind of like the final 53 man roster. The only position to me that seems unsettled is the tight end position. I have a feeling the TE will asked to do some heavy blocking this week. I hope the Card’s can get a push up front and keep Palmer relatively clean in the pocket. Hopefully the RB’S will have a big week in the opener. Hope Mendenhall and Williams can handle the artificial turf in St Louis in good shape. Hey Darren–Do you think Mendenhall will get the majority of the carries this week???? or do you see all 5 backs contributing in this one???

  3. By Darren Urban on Sep 2, 2013 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Backs

    Mendenhall will start barring something crazy. And I’d be surprised if all five are active on game day.

  4. By DINO on Sep 2, 2013 | Reply

    I really,really want to see Kerry Taylor on the field some time this season ’cause he’s got what it takes! But I’m happy that he’s back(at least) on the practice squad! It’s also good to hear that R.Williams is up to full speed as well! Our Cardinals are gonna be Dangerous!! LETS GO CARDINALS!!!

  5. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 2, 2013 | Reply

    Long and Quinn are waiting for Levi.
    I hope coach gives him help.
    Brockers is a beast of a man inside for the rams too.

    If we can give Palmer time, our WRs will beat their DBs. But it all starts upfront.

  6. By Martin Z on Sep 2, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s hope Palmer can pull it together this week and improve his accuracy and sharpness.

  7. By job on Sep 2, 2013 | Reply

    Te position is way to weak. Rob gets injured who’s going to step up?anybody?i say trade a dl or lb for a solid 2nd TE.

  8. By Marcelof on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Cards defense are great but they won’t be able to hold the 2013’s Rams offense for long, so a pair of field goals and a TD will be allowed I guess! Hope the upfront is ready enough to keep Palmer clean in the pocket, by doing so Cardinals will be a dangerous threat cause teams will have to deal with n#’s 11, 12, 13 , 15 and 21 – What a mix!

    Go Cards!

  9. By azdesertrat1953 on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    “It’s Not Sunday Yet!!!”
    Looking forward to having this feeling for the Cards ALL Season Long!

    The good thing about the Cards Thursday night game Oct.17th it’s at home and hopefully the Cards will have enough gas left to beat the Seahawks after beating the 49’ers four days before.

    GO CARDS!!!

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