Cardinals: Week 11 News & Notes
Kerry Rhodes (Bruce Yeung / Yeung Photography)
Kerry Rhodes (Bruce Yeung / Yeung Photography)

Posted Nov 16, 2010


Injuries and poor play plagued the Cardinals during a 38-16 defeat at the hands of the division rival Seattle Seahawks.

--DL Darnell Dockett missed the first game of his seven-year NFL career. Dockett suffered a shoulder stinger the week before, and tests indicated it was too weak for him to play.

--RB Beanie Wells was inactive after missing most of practice last week with knee problems. Wells will be day to day this week.

--RB LaRod Stephens-Howling suffered a strained hamstring and did not play in the second half. One of the NFL's better kick returns, losing Stephens-Howling would be a huge blow.

--RB Jason Wright suffered a head injury while blocking for a kickoff and will be evaluated as the week progresses.

--CB Greg Toler was benched in the second half after struggling all day against the Seahawks. Seattle isolated Mike Williams on Toler for much of the game, and Williams had 11 catches.

LINEUP WATCH: Safety Rashad Johnson, a third-round pick in 2009, seems to finally be developing into a decent player. As a rookie, Johnson was a bust, mostly because of poor tackling. He's been much better this year and has played an integral role in the team's dime packages. The Cardinals like to use three or four safeties in those schemes. Strong safety Adrian Wilson often moves down to linebacker, and free safety Kerry Rhodes will play a variety of roles, including defending the tight end, blitzing or playing single-high as the deep safety. Johnson has gradually assumed a larger role, and gives the Cardinals hope that he one day can become a starter.

UNDER THE RADAR: Outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield has played only three games, but he's already made an impact. Schofield has played well on special teams, playing a big part in the club scoring two touchdowns against the Vikings two weeks ago. A fourth-round pick, Schofield missed six games while on the physically unable to perform list. He suffered a torn ACL in Senior Bowl practices. The next step now is for him to become a situational pass rusher. Schofield was an exceptional rusher at Wisconsin and the hope is that he can one day replace Joey Porter in that role. That might be two years away, however.



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