Cardinals Player Notes

What will Arizona do if OT Mike Gandy will be out for a few week's? Why will the bye week be particularly helpful to QB Kurt Warner? What's the latest on Anquan Boldin's hip injury? Find out in today's Cardinals' Player Notes.

There was no word yet on Tuesday about the injury left tackle Mike Gandy suffered to his right calf during last week's loss at Washington.

Gandy, however, did not sound optimistic after the game, saying he didn't have much strength in the leg.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said on Monday that Gandy would be out a week or two. If that's the case, rookie Levi Brown likely will start at left tackle. That would be the least disruptive move the club could make.

Brown missed three games with a sprained ankle and played last week when Gandy went out.

Brown has played right tackle since joining the Cardinals last April, but he played left tackle throughout his career in college. By starting Brown at right tackle, the Cardinals would be making one change instead of several.

Gandy's loss is an important one. He had played well this season, and the team is thin at tackle.


--QB Kurt Warner will benefit from the bye week as much as anyone other Cardinal. He still has discomfort in his left arm from the torn ligament in his elbow. He played through it last week but the extra time should help him in terms of pain management and flexibility.

--QB Tim Rattay won't start but he could continue to play a role in the team's goal line offense. Starter Kurt Warner has trouble handing off, so keeping him in the game in those situations is risky. Rattay came off the bench in that spot last week.

--QB Tim Hasselbeck signed with the team a week ago and likely will continue as the third quarterback.

--RB Edgerrin James has been steady and reliable this year. He hasn't gained fewer than 57 yards in a game, and while he's gone over 100 just once, he's averaging 88 yards a game.

--RB Marcel Shipp won't get many carries unless the Cardinals are able to run the ball at least 30 times in a game. James will get most of the work to that point.

--RB J.J. Arrington showed why the Cardinals thought he was worthy of a second round pick in 2005. Arrington picked up some key yardage late in last week's game against Washington. He will still be limited to nickel packages, however.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald needs to become a deep weapon. The Cardinals should be throwing deep to him at least three times a game, because Fitzgerald has a knack for beating defenders for the ball.

--WR Anquan Boldin scored two touchdowns last week in his first game back after missing three games with a hip injury. Boldin is likely to suffer for most of the year with a sore hip.

--WR Bryant Johnson is an adequate No. 3 receiver but he's not going to get the ball much.

--TE Leonard Pope showed last week that he can be a force in the passing game. He appears to have occasional problems lining up, however.

--ILB Karlos Dansby has a sprained left knee and could miss a few weeks. Monty Beisel will start in his place.

--S Aaron Francisco, one of the club's special teams standouts, has a sprained MCL in his right knee and will be out three to four weeks. Recommended Stories

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