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Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Updates And Tidbits

As the last long week of training camp winds down, there is no rest for the weary.

  • Darren Urban reports that luckily the car accident that Cardinals Safeties Rashad Johnson and Aaron Rouse were involved on Sunday was not as serious as it potentially could have been. The vehicle in front of the pair blew out a back tire before fishtailing and flipping several times. Johnson, the driver, managed to avoid the out of control car, but crashed into another vehicle in the process.
  • After the injury to star WR Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals find themselves in an unsteady situation. Fitz (knee) joins Early Doucet (abdomen) and Ed Gant (foot) on the sidelines as the Cardinals suddenly have an alarming lack of depth at the position. Coach Ken Whisenhunt hopes that everyone will recover in time but did say that there was a possibility that the team may need to make a move.
  • Alan Faneca has been receiving criticism lately that he has fallen off after his performance against the Texans. Whisenhunt disagrees with all of the remarks, as he defended the newly acquired Guard today.

"There has been a lot of talk about the demise of Alan Faneca, and I haven't really seen that. Have I seen him get beat in one-on-one pass protections in camp? Sure I have. But Calais (Campbell) is becoming a pretty good pass rusher. At least he's developing into one. I've also seen him (Faneca) do a good job against him. What I look at is how he continues to get ready for the season and how he looks in these games. And what I saw Saturday night was a very good effort by him."

  • Thus far, LB Gerald Hayes' rehab has been progressing right on schedule. The team is holding out hope that he may play in the season opener in St. Louis.
  • Matt Leinart apologized for skipping his scheduled post-game conference after Saturday's game. He said that it was a mistake and that he certainly did not skip the media session intentionally.
  • Kent Somers reports that Wiz is happy with the progress of the secondary. He particularly mentioned Marshay Green, an undrafted rookie from Ole Miss. Green has so far impressed the coach, and he looks forward to watching his development.
  • The Cardnials once again found themselves practicing inside on Tuesday due to the friendly Flagstaff weather.
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Larry Fitzgerald Sprains Right Knee MCL

There's always a price to pay in football. Today, word comes down from the MRI machine on the toll yesterday's preseason game took on No. 11, Larry Fitzgerald.

Word From the Birds Blog
An MRI of Larry Fitzgerald’s right knee revealed just a sprain of the MCL (which is better than an ACL sprain). That’s good news. Fitzgerald said he’s talked to coach Ken Whisenhunt and the Cards will play it conservatively, which probably means no more preseason. But Fitz is expected to be ready by the time the Cardinals open the regular season in St. Louis Sept. 12.

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Beanie's Just Fine, A Bit Sore But Fine

His ribs are fine. Nothing broken. Just a bit sore and is listed as day-to-day. You can resume watching Jersey Shore.

Word From the Birds Blog
UPDATE: Just talked to coach Ken Whisenhunt. Beanie Wells, who suffered a rib injury in practice (see details below), is only sore and will be day-to-day. A CT scan showed there is no fracture or other damage. “He just got hit on the ribs, and that’s football,” said Whisenhunt, who said Abdullah was just doing his job by getting in good tackling position and Beanie was running a bit too high.

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Beanie Wells Rib Injury May Or May Not Mean Anything

Beanie took a shot during this afternoon's practice courtesy of safety Hamza Abullah. The second year running back who many feel will have a break-out season, was down for a few minutes before being carted off the field with a rib injury according to many media sources.

The injury could mean that Beanie is hurt and will miss training camp or even game time or it could mean nothing.

The entire NFL holds its breadth waiting to find out which it is.

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Unlike A Certain 'Fat Albert' Situation, All Cardinals Pass Conditioning Tests

And that includes our own resident Marshmallow Man, Deuce Lutui, who reportedly weighed in around 365 pounds (down from 395 a few weeks ago).

Darnell Dockett even had enough time for a snack AND a quick tweet.

Our test was 3x 300yds, I ran them in 57secs w/ 2min break between each one,!! I could have eating popcorn while running them!! #INSHAPEless than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

 

Meanwhile, Albert Haynesworth is having knee issues, which may or may not be related to being out-of-shape.

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Darnell Dockett Won't Hold Out Over Contract Dispute

Darnell Dockett wants a new deal but hasn't yet come to terms with the Cardinals who are focused on signing first-round pick Dan Williams.

Dockett called into XTRA910 radio and has this to say according to Mike Sando's NFC West blog:

"I sat down to talk to my coach and Rod Graves and I feel good about our conversation and I think everything is going to work itself out," Dockett told XTRA910.

"I want to just focus on football and getting our team back to the winning chemistry. We have lost a lot of good guys and for me not to be in that huddle, it ain't about the money at that point. It's about pride. It's about what I mean to my team. I feel if I'm not there, we are taking a step back. I'm just ready to play football. I trust those guys to do a great job and handle the situation and I want to be accountable to my teammates."

Good news, because the Cardinals will need the Full Dockett doing his thing this season. A contract hold-out would put a sour note on the start of camp.

Dockett, one of the more colorful Arizona sports personalities, called from the road but don't worry about his safety. Darnell has a driver for the drive up. He prefers to uStream himself and look at the pretty landscape.

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