Cardinals: Pregame News & Notes

In the midst of a seven-game losing streak, the Cardinals QB situation has hit rock bottom.

--A week ago, quarterback Richard Bartel was home in Texas hunting wild hogs. This week, he could be starting his first NFL game.

"It was a quick transition, wasn't it?" said Bartel, who backed up Daunte Culpepper with Sacramento of the UFL this season.

--Running back Jason Wright played with Bartel for a short time in Cleveland, and the two became good friends.

"More than anybody else I've played with, except maybe Kurt (Warner), he loves football," Wright said. "Like when we run scout team, he's coaching receivers up on how to run the route. He's very intense.

"I don't really know his talent level, but I do know you are going to get the maximum out of him."

--Wright said the prospect of the Cardinals starting either John Skelton or Bartel isn't daunting.

"This is how all those stories happen of guys coming out of nowhere and having 12-year careers," he said. "I got my first chance because a million people went down, and I've been able to play seven years since.

"There are tons of stories like this in this locker room. The situation got so bleak that they went to the streets, but then the streets ended up being just as good as what they had in the locker room."

--Eleven rookies have played in at least one game this year for the Cardinals.

--The Cardinals are 6-1 at home against AFC teams in coach Ken Whisenhunt's four seasons. Their only loss came in 2009 to Indianapolis, 31-10.

--QB Derek Anderson, who has started nine games, has yet to pass neurological tests required to play after suffering a concussion. Anderson hopes to be cleared by Friday, but it seems doubtful he would play against the Broncos.

--QB Max Hall suffered a dislocated left shoulder last week and is out for the season.

--QB John Skelton, a rookie, could get the first start of his career this Sunday against the Broncos. The third quarterback all year, Skelton is thrust to front of the depth chart by injuries.

--QB Richard Bartel, signed on Tuesday, likely will be the backup quarterback against the Broncos. He has never taken a snap in a regular-season game.

--RB Tim Hightower continues to start ahead of Beanie Wells but the club has struggled to stick with the run because it's fallen behind in games.

--RB Beanie Wells wants more carries but is doing nothing to convince coaches he deserves them. Wells fumbled the first handoff two weeks ago against the 49ers and failed to pick up a blitz on a key play last week against the Rams.

--RB LaRod Stephens-Howling figures to be a bigger part of the offense now that he has recovered from a hamstring strain.

--RB Jason Wright will play a limited amount in some passing situations.

--WR Steve Breaston continues to be the team's biggest downfield threat. Breaston has the speed to stretch the field and runs well after the catch.

--WR Early Doucet is playing the third receiver and has done little this year. He rarely seems open and he's not doing anything with the ball once he gets it.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald needs one reception to pass Anquan Boldin on the team's all-time reception list. He needs three touchdowns to pass Roy Green for the No. 1 spot in team history.

--TE Stephen Spach is mainly a blocker and will rarely be a target in the passing game.

--TE Jim Dray has moved ahead of Ben Patrick as the backup tight end. Dray isn't much of a receiving threat.

--PK Jay Feely has a strong leg and his only miss this season in 16 attempts was from 54 yards.

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