Jaron’s catch, Humphries down and walking wounded

Posted by Darren Urban on August 4, 2015 – 5:12 pm

Practice ended 25 minutes early today because, linebacker Alex Okafor said, the Cardinals finished the script and there was no reason to keep going. But it was an odd practice too. Carson Palmer took his scheduled day off and with missing key players like Sean Weatherspoon, Andre Ellington, David Johnson, Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas, there wasn’t really a buzz. Then the Cards had players have to leave with unknown injuries — tackle D.J. Humphries looked like he hurt a knee and limped off, and guard Earl Watford, running back Marion Grice and tackle Rob Crisp all left the workout. (Kent Somers reported that Humphries’ injury isn’t expected to be serious, but the Cards are doing tests.)

All those offensive linemen missing made it tough on what ended up being Tuesday’s second-string offensive line, because they struggled mightily against the deep defensive line and guys like Matt Shaughnessy and Calais Campbell. As usual, we’ll get an injury update tomorrow at lunch from Bruce Arians. The Cards practice Wednesday and then are off Thursday, and maybe that’s coming at a good time.

The highlight of the practice was Jaron Brown’s excellent leaping one-handed catch. Click here for the video. Brown gets forgotten sometimes behind the Fitz-Floyd-Smokey Brown trio and he’s basically a lock for the fourth receiver, so he isn’t discussed when talking J.J. Nelson vs. Brittan Golden. But Brown has showed well in his couple of years, and did again with his high-in-the-air, Odell Beckham-style effort.

“Odell Beckham moment,” Brown said with a chuckle. “Yeah. Best impersonation.”



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16 Responses to “Jaron’s catch, Humphries down and walking wounded”

  1. By Scott H on Aug 4, 2015 | Reply

    OMG….we’re 3-4 days into camp and the day off on Thursday is ALREADY coming at a good time??? Can these guys get in and out of the damn shower without injuring a knee or a hamstring??? Good lord….

  2. By Scott H on Aug 4, 2015 | Reply

    Way to go, Jaron!!! My man! Somebody throw this man the ball!

  3. By Scott H on Aug 4, 2015 | Reply

    To quote the great Alan Iverson –

    “Practice. We’re talking about practice. Not a game, not a game. We’re talking ’bout PRACTICE.”

    Yeah, I hear ya, Alan. Because right now, we can’t even get through a PRACTICE without adding more players to the list of guys who won’t be PRACTICING tomorrow.

  4. By rod on Aug 4, 2015 | Reply

    My over/under of 2 injuries per day is holding strong.


  5. By Richard L on Aug 4, 2015 | Reply

    Walking wounded is an understatement. Arians needs to institute stretching before practice. He says it’s not his job to watch them stretch but it’s his job to field a quality team. That means healthy players that are prepared to practice. Less cupcakes and more rigor.

  6. By Darren Urban on Aug 5, 2015 | Reply

    Richard L —

    RE: Stretching

    Arians’ thoughts on that included here:

  7. By jaime on Aug 5, 2015 | Reply

    its happening to every team, it happens every year. these are all just growing pains to work out before season starts a month from now. Go cards!!

  8. By dan on Aug 5, 2015 | Reply

    Just as excellent as Jaron’s performance was that No. 6’s. He took the snap, surveyed the field, was flushed out of the pocket, found Jaron being covered by Patrick Peterson, and threw a soft, perfect spiral, perfectly placed so that only Jaron could catch it. Who’s No. 6 again?

  9. By Zachary ( on Aug 5, 2015 | Reply

    Jaron Brown is a great guy to have on the roster at WR4. He’s cheap, but effective, and is learning every year. If he keeps growing, he could take over Mike Floyd’s role. And with so many fast guys – John Brown, JJ Nelson and Golden, we’re building a very stacked WR roster. Keep playing well Jaron, you’ll get your shot.

  10. By Louisville Card on Aug 5, 2015 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Thanks for the updates you always do a good job keeping us informed. You mentioned the offensive lineman out but we’re any starters missing? The players you mentioned are 2nd string or lower offensive linemen. I was watching some of the practice on the NFL network and the run game looked terrible. It looked like the starters were the ones getting beat to me from what I saw. Has the line been lagging behind what they were expecting with pads on or was it just an off day and generally they have been better than last year?

  11. By Darren Urban on Aug 5, 2015 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Lagging

    I’d hold off on that. The end of the practice — which I’m not sure was on TV — the run game was dominating. Don’t forget, it was the second day in pads. It’s possible there was fatigue after a hard day one. I certainly wouldn’t be making any sweeping analysis about anything yet. We’re still more than a week away from the first preseason game.

  12. By Fred on Aug 5, 2015 | Reply

    Darren why don’t they put shaq Riddick on IR are they waiting till they pick up someone ells . Still no news on D Wash ,It might be time to move on. I was hoping to hear something from the NFL doesn’t look good for him.

  13. By Darren Urban on Aug 5, 2015 | Reply

    Fred —

    RE: Riddick

    If you put a player on IR he is out for the season. No reason to make that call right now.

  14. By Scott H on Aug 5, 2015 | Reply

    Jaime –

    RE: it’s happening everywhere

    True. For me, the bigger concern is for guys like Weatherspoon ( who has barely played at all for the last 2 seasons ) and Ellington ( hampered all of last year ) and anyone else who is coming off significant injuries. For THEM, you wonder if it’s just an every team / every year thing or an indication of just being prone to injuries. I find it harder to shrug that off.

    With W-spoon….I mean, the history of injury is there, loud and clear. That is NOT a question. It’s more a question of can he get and / or STAY healthy. Kinda soon at this point but so far…..not encouraging.

    Ellington? Also too soon to label him as injury prone. But also not encouraging that after an entire off-season to rest and heal, he is already having problems. After all, this is the guy that BA expects the offense to go through. But…he’s not looking like that guy right now.

  15. By Big Ken on Aug 5, 2015 | Reply

    Spoon is boon or bust.

  16. By Louisville Card on Aug 7, 2015 | Reply



    I wasn’t making any sweeping analysis other than it was the first team players out there getting beat. In you post you made the point it was the second unit out there but the list of players hurt we’re second string or lower. Unless Humphries or Waterford are starting now, I still think the line will be better than last year but unless they get better it will be another bottom half running game. They are bringing Lyle back so maybe that will help..,

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