The injury news for Thursday has not changed much. Runnings backs LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring) and Jason Wright (concussion) did not practice again, but cornerback Greg Toler also sat out after being only limited on Wednesday, due to a left foot injury. Beanie Wells practiced, but was limited, so the running back situation has not changed much. Much like it has already been mentioned, it would be surprising if Wells were not to play on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, especially since Wright's and Stephens-Howling's status is still uncertain.
Also limited in practice were Darnell Dockett (shoulder), Clark Haggans (groin), and Kerry Rhodes (hand, back). NT Dan Williams, after being limited on Wednesday, practiced fully.
While Coach Ken Whisenhunt has yet to state whether Wells or Tim Hightower will start on Sunday, it will be interesting to see what happens. Earlier in the season when Beanie public spoke out about wanting the football more, it was followed up with 20 carries (but only for 35 yards) against New Orleans. Wells has already come out and said that he feels good, "probably the best it's felt all year." Additionally, Tim Hightower also came out, as tweeted by a local radio personality, and said that he feels that he will be more effective as a downhill runner if he gets more than just a few carries in a game. Will that lead to more carries for one or both backs? That is left to be determined.
Wright can be cleared to play if he has passed the series of neurological tests needed to clear him medically for his concussion.
Special teams are affected by the injuries to Toler, Wright and Stephens-Howling. It is still unclear who will return kicks if Hyphen can't go. If Toler cannot play, that moves Michael Adams to the starting lineup and likely out of special teams, where he is a gunner on the punt team.
Dockett's shoulder was feeling better, so there is some optimism that he will play, but if he is unable, the fact that rookie DT Dan Williams was back and practicing fully will help, as Arizona will be tested in is D-line depth by the Chiefs very good rushing attack.