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In two weeks of the 2011 NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals defense has been unimpressive. In Week 1, it was gashed by Cam Newton in his debut to the tune of 422 yards passing and a league record. In Week 2, versus the Washington Redskins, the rushing defense failed them, as Tim Hightower and Roy Helu ran for 170 yards between the two. The pass defense was not much better as Rex Grossman almost threw for 300 yards, finishing with 291.
To say that the defense has been a disappointment is an understatement. It has made plays at times, particularly in the red zone, but it hasn't added up to good performances overall.
Said coach Ken Whisnehunt:
"We made a number of good plays defensively. When we're on the same page and guys are understanding what they're doing we're a pretty good defense. But when we make our bad plays, they're really bad. We're dropping coverage. We're not hitting the right gaps. We're not stepping the right way when we're blitzing. All those things are things we've got to work to get cleaned up."
Much of this can be attributed to a couple of things -- a new scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Ray Horton and the NFL lockout that made offseason workouts with the defensive coaches impossible. Plus, the new schemes are known for being difficult to learn -- not that the team is using that as an excuse.
"It's a tough system to learn," said safety Kerry Rhodes. "Coming into a new season with it, it's been a little frustrating but we've got a lot of time to rectify it." At the same time though, Rhodes did not take all the blame away from the players. "You can throw it off on it being complicated all you want, but at the end of the day we've got to run it.," Rhodes continued. "Other teams have had success with the same defense and they got it down so we got to get it too."
So what is the plan now that things have not been ideal, especially with starting cornerbacks whose only starting NFL experience are the two games the team has played this season? Rhodes says that, after talking to Horton, the team is likely going to "try to scale some stuff back" and simplify things so that the players can worry more about execution and less about what the playcall is.
Luckily for the Cardinals, there is another weak opponent coming up. The Seattle Seahawks are next up on the schedule. It would be the perfect game to work on things, as Seattle has put up a total of 17 points in two weeks.
"We're not where we want to be," said Whisenhunt. "We're working to get it corrected and I know our players are committed to doing that."
Coach Ken Whisenhunt addressed the media on Monday following the Arizona Cardinals 22-21 loss to the Washington Redskins. Several players also took questions in the locker room before the team headed into film sessions.
"Well, obviously a disappointing loss for us. I think whenever you're on the road and you have a chance at the end of a game to get a win, those kind of things are precious. For us to have an opportunity to do that (Sunday) and not pull it out was tough," Whisenhunt said to open his comments.
There were no new injuries to report. Whisenhunt doesn't expect anyone to miss any time as a result of the Redskins game.
Other notes and quotes:
The Arizona Cardinals had just 15 rushing attempts compared to 30 passes in their Week 2 loss to the Washington Redskins. Kevin Kolb, Beanie Wells and Coach Ken Whisenhunt discussed that aspect of the game on Monday.
The Arizona Cardinals were close to pulling off a big road win but in the end there were a few key moments that resulted in the defeat.
The Arizona Cardinals had no business being in the game and down just three points after the first half and while they improved in the second, when it mattered most the Washington Redskins made the plays and the Cards didn't. The big story for this game will be the continued atrocious defense and then the failure to move the ball at key points in crunch time.
Arizona went into the fourth quarter up 14-10 and after another good red zone stand that held Washington to a field goal, clung to a one-point lead. At that point the Cardinals offense which had found some rhythm in the second half delivered a big strike to extend the lead.
The Redskins put together a drive that went 73 yards in 13 plays and ended in a touchdown in what would prove to be the most crucial play of the game. With a fourth and three at the 18-yard line, the Redskins not only went for it, they went big. Rex Grossman completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Santan Moss against what seemed to be a blown assignment from safety Adrian Wilson. The Redskins went for two but couldn't convert.
That put the game at 21-19 Cards with 5:17 to go.
A decent drive at this point and the Cardinals win the game. Instead, they went three and out using just 57 seconds before having to punt the ball away. Levi Brown committed a false start infraction and Kolb went 0-2 and Wells ran for just two yards. There's plenty of blame to go around.
From there, the Cardinals defense that gave up 458 yards for the game once again couldn't hold. Washington moved the ball 48 yards to put them in range of a 34-yard field goal by Graham Gano.
Arizona had one last chance with 1:39 on the clock but Chansi Stuckey fumbled the ball after a 12-yard reception.
Aside from the defense that was far too willing to give up yards, the Cardinals didn't help themselves with two turnovers and 10 penalties for 97 yards. Kolb was sacked three times for 20 yards in the wrong direction while the defense only got to Grossman once and didn't get enough pressure to make the blitz schemes effective.
On the positive side, the Redskins were just 2-7 in the red zone and the Cardinals got two interceptions and a blocked field goal. In the second half they ran the ball well at times with Beanie Wells finishing with 93 yards on 14 carries after having just six yards in the first half. Tim Hightower rushed for 96 yards on 20 attempts but rookie Roy Helu added another 74 yards.
Kevin Kolb looked good at times and finished with 251 yards (17-30) but he also forced a ball into coverage for a red zone interception and couldn't move the ball at the key moments in the game. Grossman went 25-43 for 291 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
For more on the game, visit Revenge of the Birds.
Beanie Wells wasn't about to be outclassed by his former teammate.
After a first half dominated by former Arizona Cardinals running back Tim Hightower, Wells returned the favor in the third quarter with 84 yards on the ground, including a two-yard touchdown run that gave Arizona a 14-10 lead over the Washington Redskins in week two NFL action.
The Cardinals have looked undisciplined, much like Arizona State against Illinois yesterday. Through three quarters, Arizona has nine penalties for 92 yards, while Washington has only committed two penalties for ten yards.
Despite an inexperienced duo of cornerbacks, the Cardinals have still held Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman to limited success. Stewart Bradley, Kerry Rhodes and Paris Lenon all have five tackles through three quarters.
After what appeared to be a significant injury to the already thin inside linebacker corp, Paris Lenon has returned to field in the third quarter. Lenon went down with some kind of leg injury in the second quarter and reportedly needed a cart to leave the sidelines and go back to the locker room for evaluation and treatment.
Lenon’s return is an important boost for a Cardinals defense that’s been shredded by the Redskins in the first half of the game.
After a first quarter that saw the Arizona Cardinals take a 7-0 lead, the Washington Redskins went back to what works best: a power running game. Former Cardinal Tim Hightower ran the ball 15 times for 83 yards in the first half, providing a much-needed boost to the Redskins offense after Rex Grossman threw two interceptions early on.
Neither Grossman or Kevin Kolb could get anything going on the passing front, even though Washington was able to run 41 offensive plays in the first half. The time of possession was skewed heavily in the Redskins' favor, and their defense proved to be quite effective at stopping the Cardinals' offense in their tracks.
Jeff King was the leading receiver for Arizona in the first half, catching two passes for 36 yards, including one that went for Arizona's only score.
The Skins brought a strong pass rush all half, rushing Kolb at every opportunity and limiting the team to only 85 net offensive yards through the first two quarters.
Washington got on the board with a 26-yard field goal, taking the lead with a touchdown pass from Grossman to Fred Davis, who was wide open in the back of the end zone.
At the half, the Cardinals trail 10-7. Ken Whisenhunt must account for the strong pass rush in order to give Kolb and his talented skill players a chance to work.
The Arizona Cardinals came into this Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins missing starting inside linebacker Daryl Washington due to a calf injury suffered in the NFL season opener. In the second quarter of this game, it looks like they lost their other starting ILB, Paris Lenon, to an apparent knee injury.
It's not yet clear what happened to Lenon but after a run play he had to be helped to the sideline and was unable to put any weight on his leg. Reports from Fed Ex field are that a cart was called to take him to the locker room for further evaluation.
The Arizona defense has already given up 115 yards on the ground and a total of 246 yards through the majority of the first half. It will be a big blow to the defense if Lenon can't return.
If the Cardinals lose another ILB they would either have to move Adrian Wilson up from safety and back him up with Rashad Johnson or move one of the veteran outside backers, either Clark Haggans or Joey Porter, inside and bring in one of their young OLBs, O'Brien Schofield or Sam Acho to play outside.
We will provide an update on Lenon's status once more information is available.
The Cardinals got off to a good start on the road with two interceptions on the first two Redskins drives and a touch down pass from Kevin Kolb to TE Jeff King. Washington was able to move the ball fairly well, but Arizona made plays on both sides of the ball to jump ahead in the first quarter.
The Redskins first drive went 70 yards into the red zone before Adrian Wilson intercepted a Rex Grossman forced pass. The drive had been stalled before some extra shoving after the play resulted in a penalty on on the Cardinals.
The Cardinals first drive started with a first down toss from Kevin Kobb to Larry Fitzgerald but the Cardinals were forced to punt after a couple blitzes went unblocked.
The second INT went to Richard Marshall who snagged a tipped ball. The replay showed CB A.J. Jefferson grabbed the receivers arm and got away with a penalty. The pick lead to touch down pass to Jeff King who was once again wide open.
Washington has 129 total yards already in the game with eight first downs. Tim Hightower has 35 yards on nine carries and Grossman is 8-14 for 98 yards. The Cardinals are once again bringing a lot of pressure and seeing mixed results.
The Washington Redskins and Rex Grossman looked very solid during the first week of NFL action, but now face a Arizona Cardinals team that is hungry after barely taking care of the Panthers last week. Arizona will be without a couple of key play makers this Sunday though as linebacker Daryl Washington and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling will both be inactive according to the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers, as well as a few others.
Quarterback John Skelton, cornerbacks Crezdon Butler and Korey Lindsey, offensive tackle D'Anthony Batiste, and tight end Jim Dray will also all join them on the inactive list this afternoon, leaving some glaring spaces left open in their secondary. Arizona's reserves will have to step in and take care of business in their absence, as Rex Grossman was looking more like the Rex of 2006 than anything of late last week against the Giants last week.
LaRon Landry will be the only inactive starter for Washington this afternoon.
For more on the Cardinals head over to Revenge of the Birds.
The Washington Redskins have some injury updates for their Week 2 matchup, and it's partly good news and bad news for the Arizona Cardinals. Jason La Canfora, the NFL.com insider, reports that safety LaRon Landry is out with a hamstring issue, an injury that has kept him limited in practice. Landry did not play the first week either, so that probably means O.J. Atogwe takes over at strong safety with Reed Doughty starting at the free position.
Brian Orakpo will play though, despite struggling with ankle issues all week. Orakpo could give the Redskins some much needed pass rush and could give Kevin Kolb all sorts of trouble in this game. The Redskins don't have any other serious injuries, so the Cardinals will only be able to exploit the absence of Landry in this one before trying to find any mismatches to exploit.
Both teams are 1-0, with the Redskins defeating the New York Giants last weekend at FedEx Field. Rex Grossman impressed with efficient game management. The Cardinals struggled against the Carolina Panthers and rookie dynamo Cam Newton, but were able to pull off a victory in their home opener in the premiere of Kevin Kolb.
Kickoff: 10:00 a.m.
TV: FOX, though the regional broadcast can only been seen in Arizona, Virginia and Maryland.
TV announcers: Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
Radio: Arizona Sports 620 AM
Radio announcers: Dave Pasch, Ron Wolfley, Paul Calvisi
Line: Washington is currently favored by 3.5 points.
Watch it online at: NFL.com, if you have the money to pay for it.
Crezdon Butler is a former fifth-round pick out of Clemson by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. Butler saw action in just four games with the Steelers in 2010. In a preseason game for the Steelers this year against Atlanta, Butler recorded nine tackles and returned an interception 95-yards for a touchdown.
Butler was claimed and signed off of waivers on September 4th. At 6-0, 191, he's known as a long and physical cornerback that can play safety or nickelback as well. Cardinals' Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton, formerly Defensive Backs coach with the Steelers, knew what Butler could do after watching him play much of last year.
It's not a huge blow to the Cardinals defense at this time because he was pretty far down on the depth chart, but it's unfortunate nonetheless.
TEMPE -- Boxes of takeout food, suitcases and staff running around the locker room packing equipment bags -- and the occasional club employee in shirt and tie -- mean only one thing on a Friday early afternoon at Arizona Cardinals headquarters, or really any NFL team's facility.
It's time to pack up, get on the bus to the airport and fly to a road game at least two time zones away.
Such was the scene at Cardinals headquarters as the team made ready to fly to Washington, D.C. for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
"This is an East Coast trip, which has historically been a little bit difficult for a lot of teams in the West," coach Ken Whisenhunt said after practice. "We're going to stay true to the way that we've been preparing for it and we'll see how we play on Sunday. I think our guys are fired up about playing and seeing if we can do a little bit better than the way we played last week, especially defensively."
Washington poses a challenge having won at home at FedEx Field (which by the way has the worst press box vantage point in all of the NFL, end zone and low, thanks Dan Snyder) last week. It's a huge stadium and fans are devoted.
"You've got to learn how to go in there and play well in these situations, so it'll be a great opportunity for us," Whisenhunt said.
One of the keys for the Cardinals is veteran leadership going into the first big road game of the season.
"We've got some good leaders that will hopefully get this young guys up to speed quickly. We've got a mix of older guys and young guys, jelling that team is a process," Whisenhunt said. "But we made progress this week."
Rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson is one of those young guys. He said the biggest thing he worked on this week was taking what he learned from practice leading up to last Sunday's game and putting it to use this week.
"Continue to have that confidence level through the sky and continue working hard and not letting one play get you down," he said.
Peterson imagines that his first NFL regular-season road trip will be much like a preseason trip, but just a little more intense.
"Knowing that we have to win, because winning can definitely predict what's going to go on in the future," he said. "Just want to go up there and get a road win, because good teams get road wins."
Whisenhunt said LB Daryl Washington, who didn't practice all week including Friday because of a calf injury, is improving but a decision on his availability won't come until game day. LB Joey Porter (knee) practiced in full Friday and is probable, and RB LaRod Stephens-Howling wasn't able to practice for a third straight day because of a hand injury and is questionable for Sunday.
Peterson watched his LSU Tigers beat Mississippi State Thursday night. When asked about it, he looked at teammate Kerry Rhodes and said, "What I told you, Kerry. We won by 13. We beat them by 13 every year, dog. For real!" Peterson said there was only one year during his time in college (sophomore season) when LSU didn't defeat the Bulldogs by 13. A little research, however, shows that LSU never beat Miss. State by 13 points in the three years Peterson was there, but the Tigers did win all three games.
After their struggles with rookie Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers last Sunday Head coach Ken Wisenhunt referred to his Arizona Cardinals’ defensive miscues as “mental lapses or busts.” This week however they are getting down to the grindstone to get the kinks worked out on D, starting with fixing the communication breakdown:
Defensive Tackle Dan Williams shed some light on the situation after practice on Thursday:
When a play came up [in practice] similar to one of the mistakes we made, we made sure to communicate…there’s just a lot of talking going on…we just need to be accountable for each other.
Doing things right in practice is one thing, but getting it right on Sunday’s is a whole different beast. But the players trust defensive coordinator Ray Horton and his schemes, knowing full well that if they focus on the discipline needed to effectively play defense, success is likely to follow:
“When we execute the defense correctly we should have success,” said LB Clark Haggans, “thats been the emphasis from coach Ray Horton, and we taking that approach all through this week.”
The Cardinals will have to shut down Rex Grossman and the Redskins offense this week, after he threw for four TD’s against the Giants last weekend, which presents a much different challenge than Cam Newton. But if the Cards D can play their game, it shouldn’t come as a surprise than they turn it around in a hurry compared to last week.
For more on the Cards head over to Revenge of the Birds.
The Arizona Cardinals continue to prepare for their Week 2 meeting with the Washington Redskins on Sunday. When the schedule came out, this looked like a fairly easy early season game but with the way the Redskins played in their opener against the Giants has changed some minds. The Cardinals are a four-point road underdog. A win in this game would be a pretty big accomplishment.
"They played a good game. They played very physically on defense. Moved the ball on offense and had some opportunities for some plays," Coach Ken Whisenhunt said about Washington's win over the New York Giants. "This will be a challenge for us."
The focus of preparation remains the defense, and specifically the secondary, which gave up far too many big plays down the field. Defensive coordinator reminded us, and himself, to be patient.
"It was very difficult. I had expectations for us. The thing I have to remember is our two starting corners, this will be their second start in their career. I've got to be patient, and I am. I learned a lot just from being patient that I've got two young kids starting corner in the National Football League," Horton said.
Starting MLB Daryl Washington is still nursing a calf injury that kept him out of practice so far this week. Whisenhunt said he's making progress and will be evaluated as the week goes on and that he could be a game day decision. Learning to play despite not getting reps during the week is all part of the growth process according to Whiz, "That's what being a pro, being in the NFL is all about. He's a young player and hopefully he's learning the right way."
RB LaRod Stephens-Howling has the same official status as Washington (did not practice, will be evaluated) while Joey Porter (knee) was limited in practice after sitting out Tuesday. Other reported injuries include WR DeMarco Sampson (hamstring, DNP); CB Crezdon Butler (ankle, limited); TE Jim Dray (pectoral, limited); P Dave Zastudil (calf, limited).
When you want to know about a team often the best person to ask is the beat writer who covers that team on a daily basis. We did just that and spoke with Daniel Shiferaw of SB Nation DC for this preview of the NFL Week 2 battle between long time NFC foes, the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals.
The Redskins finished 6-10 last season and were ranked 21st in defense and 25th in offense in Mike Shanahan's first season as head coach. A lot like the Arizona Cardinals this year, however, they think they've solved their biggest problems and are very optimistic about the 2011-12 NFL season. A big Week 1 victory over their division rival New York Giants helps fuel that confidence going into this Sunday's game.
Here's what Shiferaw had to say about the team he covers.
The Redskins switched to a 3-4 last season when Mike Shanahan came in and the team struggled with the new system. They didn't have the right players up front to run the scheme and in the case of Albert Haynesworth, a guy who didn't want to play in the 3-4.
Washington focused in the offseason on getting the right players for the system. They drafted OLB Ryan Kerrigan 16th overall from Purdue. Kerrigan had a big play against the Giants when he returned an interception for a touchdown in a play that was crucial in getting the 28-14 win.
They also brought in two free agents to start on the defensive line, NT Barry Cofield from the Giants and DE Stephen Bowen from Dallas. The team is also impressed with seventh round draft pick, rookie NT Chris Neild who had two sacks in Week 1.
"The big thing is (Defensive coordinator) Jim Haslett taking this defense in year two and now has more parts to work it, particularly up front. Because of that, the Redskins defense is really much, much better than it was a year ago," Shiferaw said.
"Obviously, the knock on Gross man is that there's 'Good Rex' and 'Bad Rex'," Shiferaw said. "He'll look really good like he did against the Giants and then he'll have other moments where he just inexplicably turns the ball over, whether it will be a bad interception or a fumble when he should have just kept the ball."
Grossman went 21-34 for 305 yards against the Giants while former Cardinals running back Tim Hightower rushed for 72 yards on 25 carries. Fred Davis had five catches for 105 yards while Santana Moss had six catches for 76 yards.
According to Shiferaw, Grossman says that he's not the same guy and there is no more 'Bad Rex' but the jury is still out with the fans and media in Washington.
Shiferaw says that Hightower was a little upset that Cardinals traded him and about the team drafting Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams after he was already on the roster. He's happy to be in Washington where Shanahan sees him as a feature back.
"Revenge or no revenge (with Hightower), the Redskins are going to have to run the ball against the Cardinals. And from there, Rex Grossman -- if he winds up playing like 'Good Rex' it will be a close game.
"I think it's going to be a very high scoring game because the Cardinals obviously have a very good offense and the Redskins are having some secondary trouble (injury to S LaRon Landry)...I think both teams score in the 20's at least and I give the Redskins the edge because they're at home, probably by a field goal at the most."
Thanks to Daniel Shiferaw for his insight into the Redskins. We'll have more on the this game throughout the week in this StoryStream. For more on the Cardinals, head over to Revenge Of the Birds and for more on the Redskins check out Hogs Haven and SB Nation DC.
The Arizona Cardinals were back on the practice field Wednesday preparing for their Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins. It should be an interesting early season test for both teams who are full of confidence and convinced they are much better than their records showed last season. The winner will roll into Week 3 with legitimate momentum while the loser, depending on how the game goes, could potentially suffer a significant set back.
For the Cardinals, the offense is suddenly not the big area of woe that it was all last season. Kevin Kolb has solidified the quarterback position and even there's even confidence in the two backups should they need to step up.
Larry Fitzgerald suffered through a full season of QB mess, but it sounds like that's all in the past.
"Last week I was encouraged by the way Kevin (Kolb) was able to get the ball to everybody. I think that's good for offensive guys to know -- if you win (your match up) consistently, Kevin's going to find you and I think that's going to make guys work a lot harder," Fitz said.
Kolb is looking forward to playing against the Redskins and taking on both a team he knows well from his time with the Eagles. He called the Washington front seven, "legit, as good as anybody." They are aggressive and do unique things, according to Kolb.
Like any of the Cardinals we spoke with, Kolb's not satisfied with the way the team played last week but having studied the game film is not discouraged.
"I think the mistakes we made were very simple when you go back," Kolb said. "It's just slowing the game down and just thinking about things. That's going to come with time. That's going to come with more games and again, it's something we can fix very easily."
Tim Hightower to-do
At some point this week Tim Hightower committed the media sin of speaking what was on his mind. He said that he thought the team he now plays for would beat the team he used to play for. How this qualifies as news escapes us, but it prompted all sorts of questions to various Cardinals about Hightower's remarks.
The responses all sounded something like this from Clark Haggans: "It's a game. We just want to get to another win."
Although the best answer came from Ken Whisenhunt who said, "If I was him, I would be looking forward to facing our defense the way we played last week as well. Hopefully, we'll get a little better this week."
Early Doucet could be in for a big season. On the heels of a nice Week 1 performance (105 receiving yards and one touchdown on three receptions), the fourth-year receiver is generating buzz and could become an intricate piece in the Cardinals offense.
Quarterback Kevin Kolb noticed Doucet's talent in training camp. Kolb noted, "About four days in I knew Early (Doucet) was going to be that way. I told Chad Pennington in the production meeting to watch out for him. Early's got a special feel for the game. He's explosive. He's been battered up and bruised a little bit. If we can keep him healthy, which I know we will, then he'll have a great year."
That's big praise from the starting quarterback, and it's also something to keep in mind as the two continue to develop on-field chemistry. Of course, the last part of Kolb's comment might be the most important. Doucet needs to stay healthy and capitalize on a full season, something he hasn't done yet in his three-year NFL career.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt seems to agree and has been careful in handling Doucet so far this season. In Whisenhunt's words: "Yes, we did (pace Doucet differently in camp) but it was more of a function of his injury from last year and getting back healthy this year. We were a lot more conservative early in camp with (Doucet)...It was nice to see Early have success in the game last week."
Indeed it was. Whisenhunt's adjustments seem to have done Doucet a lot of good, and the wideout could replicate his Week 1 success in the coming weeks. Doucet already has the confidence of his quarterback. Now he only needs to stay on the field and translate that chemistry into yardage.
The Arizona Cardinals were able to get their offense going last Sunday on the Carolina Panthers with Kevin Kolb at the helm. The Cardinals offense was one of the most efficient in Week 1 and looked a much improved unit. But they'll need all the help they can get on their trip out East to take on the Washington Redskins, who caused all sorts of problems for the New York Giants last Sunday.
Two crucial Redskins could provide some needed assistance if they're slowed by their various pains and aches. Starting safety LaRon Landry has a hamstring issue, and head coach Mike Shanahan is "hoping he can go" and "he has to show he can play" (not exactly a vote of confidence, but we've seen players recover in time). Linebacker Brian Orakpo has ankle trouble and they'll judge him "day-by-day". The absence of either of these two starting playmakers could open up opportunities for Kolb in the air, and his familiarity with the Redskins from his NFC East days could come in handy in trying to pick apart his old rivals.
Other than that though, the Redskins have very few issues. WR Brandon Banks (knee), TE Chris Cooley (knee), CB DeAngelo Hall (back), WR Donté Stallworth (shoulder), LS Nick Sundberg (hand) are all practicing in full and should play on Sunday.
The Arizona Cardinals had four players miss practice on Wednesday, calling into question their availability for Sunday's matchup with the Washington Redskins.
LB Joey Porter (knee): Porter didn't look like he was injured during Sunday's game, so he might just be resting up in preparation for Saturday.
LB Daryl Washington (calf): Suffered a strain in the second half of the Panthers game. He did tell Craig Grialou of 620 Sports Radio that the calf felt pretty good though and he expects to suit up this weekend.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt was typically vague only saying that Washington was improving and would be further evaluated as the week goes on. If Washington can't go, expect to see a mix of Reggie Walker and Stewart Bradley. I would be an interesting exercise to see which got the nod as the starter.
TE Jim Dray (pec): Dray was out of Week 1, and it looks like the pectoral strain might keep him from playing in Week 2 too.
Limited in practice were WR DeMarco Sampson (hamstring) and P Dave Zastudil (right calf).
The Redskins are also dealing with injuries to a couple of key defensive players:
Cardinals Vs. Redskins Injury Report: LaRon Landry, Brian Orakpo Limited In Practice Wednesday - SB Nation DC
Two key defensive players for the Washington Redskins were limited in practice on Wednesday before Week 2's game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to coach Mike Shanahan.
For one player, LaRon Landry, that is an improvement over his status last week. For Brian Orakpo, it is a downgrade.
Landry missed the team's Week 1 game against the New York Giants with a hamstring injury. He admitted he did practice a bit and that it's "feeling better." His status for Sunday is still unclear. Orakpo, meanwhile, played through an ankle injury on Sunday against the Giants. His status is also unclear for Sunday.
For more news on the Cardinals, head to Revenge of the Birds.
The Arizona Cardinals are a road underdog headed into their Week 2 game versus the Washington Redskins.
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