Cardinals: Week 9 News & Notes

Tim Hightower (Getty)

Amidst ball security issues, RB Tim Hightower's touches were limited against Tampa Bay and several players returned to action.

--Running back Tim Hightower touched the ball just twice Sunday after losing a fumble the previous week in Seattle.

"It was frustrating," Hightower said. "You work hard all week, practice hard, prepare. I don't think it was something that caught me completely off guard. A competitor wants to be on the football field making plays, especially when his team is struggling out there."

--Rookie linebacker O'Brien Schofield played in his first NFL game Sunday after being activated from the non-football injury list. Schofield played on special teams.

"The game speed is definitely a lot different than practice," said Schofield, a fourth-round pick from Wisconsin. "On my first play, I kind of got a little beat on a kickoff return, and after that, I'm like, 'OK, I'm ready to go.' I got my speed up, and I think I did some good things out there."

--Cardinals players had mixed reaction to the news that they won't be facing Randy Moss this Sunday in Minneapolis. Moss is expected to be waived by the Vikings.

"I'm not heartbroken," safety Kerry Rhodes said.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was looking forward to the matchup. "That's like playing Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. As a corner, shoot, you are always looking at that matchup. I like matchups like that; it brings the best out of you as a defender."

--Receiver Steve Breaston had a career-high 147 yards receiving against the Bucs but wasn't celebrating afterward. "It all gets washed out in the loss," Breaston said. "You just have to win the game. That is all I really cared about."

--QB Max Hall emerged from Sunday's game healthy. He suffered blows to the head in each of his previous two starts. Hall is healthy enough to start Sunday against Minnesota, but the Cardinals might turn to Derek Anderson.

--OLB Clark Haggans missed last week's game with a groin injury, and he could miss this Sunday's game in Minneapolis. Will Davis would start in his place.

--RB Tim Hightower lost his starting job to Beanie Wells and barely played Sunday against the Bucs. Hightower had one carry and one reception. He gained a total of one yard.

--ILB Gerald Hayes could move into the starting lineup this week after playing a part-time role last week in his season debut. Hayes would play the strong side, while Paris Lenon would move to the weak side.

--RB Beanie Wells is averaging just 2.78 yards a carry in his last three games.

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