With a hard practice Wednesday night and two more workouts tomorrow, the lone practice Thursday was a low-key afternoon for some. Safety Adrian Wilson, guard Alan Faneca and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were spectators. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald took a lot of reps, but there seemed to be fewer for Early Doucet and Steve Breaston while the other wideouts got to show something. We saw more Darren Mougey and Stephen Williams than I can remember.
(And a quick aside — Williams continues to impress. He has to do it in preseason games, but at this rate, it’s going to be hard to keep him off the roster in my opinion.)
Matt Leinart had arguably his best practice. Derek Anderson seemed to struggle. Three more players were sidelined with aliments I am now trying to find out: DL Jeremy Clark, RB Alfonso Smith and WR Max Komar (although Komar was out last night too, now that I think about it).
Leinart completed a beautiful deep pass to Fitzgerald during the two-minute drill at the end of the game. Fitzgerald came down around the 10-yard line, and that was enough for coach Ken Whisenhunt, who decided to give the second units a chance. Anderson completed a fourth-down pass for a first down to Andre Roberts (who continues to bounce back from his poor Monday) and then threw a TD pass with just a few seconds left to Ed Gant when new safety Aaron Rouse took a bad angle in the end zone.
Tags: Aaron Rouse, Adrian Wilson, Alan Faneca, Alfonso Smith, Andre Roberts, Darren Mougey, Derek Anderson, DRC, Early Doucet, Ed Gant, Jeremy Clark, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Leinart, Max Komar, Stephen Williams, Steve Breaston
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The Cardinals’ receivers have come out for early warmups. Anquan Boldin is not among them. Fitz, Urban, Doucet, Breaston and Morey are all accounted for. No surprise. Inactives will be announced at 1:10 p.m. Boldin was always a long shot to play anyway. I will updated inactives when it’s time.
UPDATE: Boldin is inactive today with his bad knee and ankle. No shock. He just isn’t healthy enough to play. The other inactives come as no surprise, as the Cards are healthy enough to have their other main pieces:
- QB Brian St. Pierre
- FB Nehemiah Broughton
- S Rashad Johnson
- LB Reggie Walker
- OL Herman Johnson
- DE Jeremy Clark
- TE Stephen Spach
UPDATE II: There are no significant players on the Packers’ inactive list. The only player of any note is special teamer Derrick Martin. Also, the Cards have dumped the red-on-red today, going with red tops and white pants like earlier in the season.
Tags: Anquan Boldin, Brian St. Pierre, Herman Johnson, Jeremy Clark, Nehemiah Broughton, Packers, Rashad Johnson, Reggie Walker, Stephen Spach
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The Cardinals have made a couple of moves to bolster themselves for the playoffs, signing fullback Nehemiah Broughton and defensive end Jeremy Clark to the roster from the practice squad of the New York Giants. To make room for the players, the Cards released linebacker Pago Togafau and put defensive end Jason Banks on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Broughton spend the season with the Giants after the Vikings cut him after the preseason. He’s played in six regular-season games since 2005 and serves as a backup in case the neck issues with starter Dan Kreider persist. Clark was on the practice squad of the Falcons and then the Giants this season and appeared in four games for the Giants in 2008.
The Cards also added defensive end Ryan Kees to the open practice squad spot after Banks was elevated last weekend.
Tags: Jason Banks, Jeremy Clark, Nehemiah Broughton, Pago Togafau, Ryan Kees
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