Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Friday that defensive end Darnell Dockett (hamstring), tight end Todd Heap (knee) and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hip) will all be game-time decisions, according to the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers.
Somers also elaborated that he doesn't expect any of the trio to be on the field Sunday when the Cardinals take on the Miami Dolphins in Week 4 action at home.
If Arizona is without these three player's services, the Cardinals would be taking a serious hit in all aspects of the game; Dockett is a key cog in both the pass-rush and run-clogging departments, Heap is a reliable safety valve for quarterback Kevin Kolb, and Stephens-Howling is a game-changer when it comes to special teams.
Stephens-Howling also plays the change-of-pace role as a ball-carrier, so Ryan Williams could operate as a three-down back with running back Beanie Wells being placed on the IR earlier this week. Undrafted rookie running back William Powell is expected to be active for the first time this season and could be thrust into action in his first career NFL game thanks to the injuries piling up.