AZ Cardinals Deny James of Release and Reps

Edgerrin James (Otto Greule/Getty)

The Cardinals have no intention of granting running back Edgerrin James' request to be released so he can play the last few weeks of the season with another team. James, through agent Drew Rosenhaus, made the request two weeks ago after he didn't play against the Rams. The Cardinals denied the request and James has carried just three times for five yards in the past two games.

The Cardinals are 3-0 since the move, although benching Edgerrin James really has played no part in the winning streak. His replacement, Tim Hightower, gained 109 yards against the Rams, but he has just 57 yards on 24 carries in the past two games.

James is frustrated and bewildered by his benching, Rosenhaus said, but the veteran running back isn't talking to the press other than to say he's working hard.

Rosenhaus insisted James did not want to be a distraction in the Cardinals' best season in years. Yet, that's exactly what the news of his request for a release has been.

The Cardinals aren't about to part with James, even though Hightower and J.J. Arrington are getting most of the work these days. If Hightower were to go down with an injury, it's likely that James would return to the starting lineup.

Arrington is seen as more of a situational player rather than someone who could carry the load as a starting running back.

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PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

-- CB Rod Hood hasn't practiced this week because of a death in the family. Hood is expected to practice on Friday, but he has been suffering from sore ribs and his status for Sunday's game is in question.

-- OLB Clark Haggans hasn't practiced this week because of a sprained left foot. Haggans is a key backup and plays almost as much as starter Chike Okeafor.

-- CB Eric Green has returned to practice after playing sparingly the past two weeks because of a knee injury. Green could start Sunday against the Giants if Rod Hood can't play.

-- QB Kurt Warner has passed for at least 300 yards in four consecutive games, setting a franchise record. The NFL record is six consecutive games, which Warner shares with Steve Young and Rich Gannon.

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