Roster moves, a sellout and a flight to Canton

Posted by Darren Urban on August 11, 2010 – 5:42 pm

It was a relatively quiet and low-key practice this afternoon. Matt Leinart looked good in the red zone including a strike for a touchdown, John Skelton looked, well, raw (two straight picks by LB Mark Washington and S Aaron Rouse). And Derek Anderson threw a beautiful over-the-shoulder deep ball to Larry Fitzgerald.

WR Steve Breaston (knee) remained out, as did DT Alan Branch (hip flexor). Wide receiver Ed Gant was added to the injured list; he was sporting a walking boot on his right foot.

On to the other news o’ the day:

— There will be no practice Friday morning in Flagstaff, so anyone thinking about attending this week, tomorrow afternoon is the last workout. The Cards will be back to work Monday afternoon at NAU following Saturday’s preseason opener in Glendale.

— That game against the Texans, by the way, is a sellout. So it will be broadcast on local TV (ABC-15).

— The Cardinals were forced to make a roster move by waiving-injured DL Keilen Dykes (torn tricep tendon) and signing undrafted rookie John Fletcher, who was with the Ravens briefly. It’s a tough thing for Dykes, who worked his butt off coming back from a torn biceps muscle in November. He’s a very good guy and was at the facility it seems every week this summer.

— Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, the longest tenured active pro athlete in the Valley, will serve as honorary captain for Saturday’s game.

— Finally, a video has been posted chronicling the trip made by team president/pilot Michael Bidwill, owner Bill Bidwill, coach Ken Whisenhunt, and fellow coaches on their trip Saturday from Flagstaff and the team’s Red-White practice out to Canton, where they surprised Hall of Fame inductee Russ Grimm. Included are some in-flight anecdotes from Grimm’s cohorts on their Hall-bound friend.

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Injuries, numbers and Porter’s passes UPDATED

Posted by Darren Urban on August 11, 2010 – 12:21 pm

Last two-a-day practices today for the week, so here are some tidbits from the morning, and then after Matt Leinart and Ken Whisenhunt spoke:

— DE Alan Branch came off with a slight hip flexor, and WR Steve Breaston (knee) and LB Mark Washington (illness) also were out, among others. LB Reggie Walker (hamstring) needed rest because Whisenhunt wants to see him in game action. CB Greg Toler, who hurt his ankle yesterday, was OK, and RB Beanie Wells looked no worse for the wear with his ribs, doing everything. Whisenhunt said Breaston was precautionary; he was just a little sore after all the indoor practices last week.

— DL Keilen Dykes has a partially torn tricep tendon, and is getting further evaluation. Probably not great news for Dykes. UPDATE: Dykes has been waived-injured. The Cardinals have signed undrafted rookie defensive lineman John Fletcher out of Wyoming, who had originally signed with the Ravens.

— Adrian Wilson, Joey Porter and Bryan Robinson took veterans’ days off. They should be back in the afternoon.

— More on this a little later, but Whisenhunt actually has reasons why Tim Hightower is starting ahead of Beanie.

— Leinart, describing what it was like to have Derek Anderson in the meeting room, broke into a huge smile. “ADD, man,” he said. “He’s a character.”

— Many players — including the whole defensive line — switched up jerseys at practice. Darnell Dockett wore Porter’s No. 55. “I wasn’t going to trade my jersey with anyone who doesn’t work hard and plays hard, so I kind of had a holdout,” Dockett said. “I waited and found Joey wasn’t practicing. I had to represent. I told him I made it look better than it had all camp.”

— What about the coaches trying to grade film, though? “We just play. They know who we are,” Dockett said. “By now, they should. If I line up at linebacker and you see dreads and I’m not supposed to be there, I am pretty sure you’ve got an understanding.” Whisenhunt was OK with that. “It’s like identical twins. If you or I were to walk up on them, you couldn’t tell them apart,” Whisenhunt said. “But if you are around them a lot, you can tell them apart easily. I don’t have any problems. I know exactly who everybody is because of their body language, the way they walk. But it won’t be an every day occurrence.”

— Porter, while resting, took part in the always riveting throw-the-20-yard-pass-into-the-garbage-can game (one point for hitting the side, two for hitting the rim, three for getting it in). Porter (throwing below) wasn’t coming close during practice. Afterward, he matched Leinart’s one-in so their bet is ongoing. “I am always competing,” Porter said. “I got one in, after about 20 tosses. One-for-20 for a linebacker ain’t bad.”

Said Leinart, “He thinks he is better than all of us in basketball, cans, everything. That’ll be a fun bet, whatever we have.”

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