Now past the halfway point of the NFL season and into Week 10, injuries are really starting to take their toll on teams around the league, particularly the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.
The Cardinals have not been decimated by the so-called "battle of attrition" as much as the aforementioned clubs, but they've been hit here and there by some battle wounds that have kept the whole of their roster from playing much together.
Now that the receiving corps is complete again, the Cardinals are dealing with other health deficiencies.
The season-ending injury of special teams player Kenny Iwebema (feared to be a torn ACL) is a tough blow, and the lingering knee swelling of running back Beanie Wells has fans afraid there is something more to the story, given the smoke screens and obfuscation in which coaches partook after Wells' preseason surgery.
Wells missed practice on Wednesday, but he and Whisenhunt were optimistic he'd do more work later in the week and play on Sunday. Joining Wells in the "DNP" ether were linebackers Clark Haggans (groin) and Paris Lenon (ankle) and their game day status was unknown. DT Darnell Dockett (shoulder), LB Will Davis (knee), LB Joey Porter (knee), and S Kerry Rhodes (hand) were limited, though they're all expected to be okay come Sunday.