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Beanie Wells unlikely to be heavily used vs. Rams

Wells could be used in spot duty as he makes his return form a turf-toe injury.

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Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells will make his return to the team against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in Phoenix, according to the Arizona Republic.

Wells missed the past seven games with a Turf Toe injury and spent time on the injured reserve, designated to return list. Along with tight end Todd Heap and defensive end Calais Campbell, Wells will add a boost to a Cardinals team that can use all the help it can get after squandering their strong start with almost a complete bottoming out.

Though Wells will be available, what he can actually contribute to the team is unknown and could be very limited as they try to ease him back into the lineup. Ken Wisenhunt discussed the plan in the Arizona RepublicArizona Republic:

"I think you've got to get a feel for it. I certainly don't think he's going to get an overload of work, because you don't want to do that. You've got to see how he feels in the rhythm. I know his game conditioning probably won't be what it needs to be, but luckily we have some other guys that have been playing. Larod (Stephens-Howling) could get in there and do a nice job. We'll have to spread it out."

Wells will add depth to a backfield that's seen Stephens-Howling rush for 310 yards and three touchdowns in place of Wells. But Wells' size could come in handy during short-yardage situations. Wells is a known foil for the Rams, as he ran for a franchise-record 228 against them last season.