Williams coming back from injury

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Second-year running back Ryan Williams took a step forward in his rehabilitation from a knee injury.

--Running back Ryan Williams took a step forward in his rehabilitation from a knee injury by participating in 11-on-11 periods in a recent minicamp practice. Williams missed his rookie season after suffering a ruptured patella tendon last preseason.

"It felt good," Williams said. "I'm just excited. It's the first time I actually ran full speed (since the injury). I reassured myself. I've got about three months before the season and I'll be good to go before September. I haven't run that fast since I got hurt."

--More than 15,000 fans attended the team's one open practice of OTAs and minicamp. The event is usually held at the team facility in Tempe on a Saturday, but the new CBA put a stop to that. So it was held Wednesday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. The size of the crowd pleasantly surprised team officials, who are still trying to sell season tickets.

--It appears the Cardinals will practice against the Chiefs in the preseason. The Cardinals play in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 5 and play the Chiefs in Kansas City on the 10th. Rather than return to Arizona, the Cardinals would like to work with the Chiefs in their camp at St. Joseph, Mo. Logistics are still being worked out but it appears this will happen.

--Coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff think most of the team's offensive problems will be solved with competent quarterbacking. But he knows fans are tired of hearing that the unit is close to breaking through.

"But I can sit here all day and tell you what I see on tape and people are going to say, 'Well, the numbers don't back that up,'" Whisenhunt said. "And that's right, they don't. We have guys open and we have a breakdown in protection. How can you say you're close when that happens? I feel like we're on the right track and our guys are working.

"And what's more important: do they believe we're on the right track? And I see that. Where I really saw it, was in those overtime games and the end of games last year. They really believed we could do it."

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