Cardinals: Week 12 News & Notes


The Cardinals hope to get a handful of players back Monday night but a new batch have been hit by the injury bug.

--Strong safety Adrian Wilson, in his 10th NFL season, sounds as if he's through trying to get younger players mentally ready to play. "What's the point of doing that if they're not going to listen?" Wilson said. "It will just fall on deaf ears and you'll be right back to square one. Guys have to be their own motivator. You can't motivate somebody else to play and to not make a mistake."

--The Cardinals committed 11 penalties against the Chiefs, a season high. Seven of them came on offense, two on defense and two on special teams. Three of the penalties were personal-foul calls made when players reacted badly to decisions of officials. QB Derek Anderson was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for tossing a ball out of bounds in disgust after being tossed to the ground. The Chiefs had called timeout on the play, but Anderson was taken to the ground.

"This game is about protecting the quarterback," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "They called timeout, then they took our player to the ground. You have to protect the quarterback, and that is what I had the discussion with the official about."

--The Cardinals rushed for 101 yards on 20 carries, with Tim Hightower getting 62 yards on 12 attempts and Beanie Wells gaining 39 yards on eight rushes.

"I thought both of our guys looked good," Whisenhunt said. "If we would have been able to stay with the plan, I think we were pleased with what we were able to get accomplished in the run game.

"If there is one area we can have a little bit of hope in, I think that is it."

--During the five-game losing streak, Whisenhunt often has lamented his team's failure to make plays. For instance, in Sunday's game, cornerback Trumaine McBride inexplicably allowed a punt to roll into the end zone, even though he had plenty of time to position himself between the ball and the goal line.

"That's the kind of thing that makes differences in games," Whisenhunt said. "Those are the things that you can't do. Good football teams don't do them, and right now we're not playing like a good football team."

--RB LaRod Stephens-Howling didn't play because of a hamstring strain, and the Cardinals missed him. Stephens-Howling is one of the team's most potent offensive threats. He is expected to play Monday night against the 49ers.

--RB Jason Wright didn't play because of a concussion. He could return this week.

--WR Early Doucet suffered what appears to be a concussion. He left in the first half and did not return.

--OLB Will Davis suffered a fractured left fibula and likely is out for the season. Davis had started three of the past four games in place of the injured Clark Haggans, who is expected to return this week.

--DE Calais Campbell suffered a sprained left ankle, and his status for this week is unknown.

--K Jay Feely has made 11 of 12 field-goal attempts this year. His only miss came from 54 yards. Recommended Stories

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