Boldin and Arrington Could Miss Sunday

Anquan Boldin (Getty)

Two key offensive players are likely to miss Sunday's game at the Patriots because of injuries. Anquan Boldin has a sore left shoulder and running back J.J. Arrington is nursing a troublesome right knee. Both likely could play this weekend if a playoff berth was on the line.

But it's not. The Cardinals clinched the NFC West almost three weeks ago and coach Ken Whisenhunt's inclination is to be cautious.

"Obviously, in this type of situation, where you have a (playoff) game two weeks away, you want to make sure you got as many of your guys available for that game," Whisenhunt said. "That's got to take priority."

Whisenhunt didn't rule either player out, but then he rarely does that. He gave strong hints, however, about their availability.

"I think that both these guys want to play and if they're ready to go, they'll play," Whisenhunt said. "But I think also, you have to be smart with that situation.

"If this was a game that for us meant to get into the playoffs, it would be a completely different scenario."

Steve Breaston likely will start in Boldin's place with Tim Hightower and Edgerrin James absorbing Arrington's role.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--OLB Clark Haggans probably is out for the year with a sprained Lis Franc joint in his left foot. Haggans is wearing a cast and hopes to return for the playoffs but that seems doubtful.

--FB Terrelle Smith returned to practice Thursday after missing most of the past two weeks due to a death in the family.

--QB Matt Leinart has been wearing a glove on his left hand this week in practice to become accustomed to throwing in cold conditions. Leinart liked how the glove felt, he said, but he's not going to start wearing them full time like Kurt Warner.

--WR Sean Morey is dealing with a painful shoulder injury that's limiting his effectiveness. A key special teams player, Morey is playing through the injury but coaches are trying to limit his snaps.

--WR Early Doucet practiced on Thursday after missing Wednesday's workout with a hamstring strain. He is expected to play against the Patriots. He probably will be the team's fourth receiver, moving up one spot due to Anquan Boldin's shoulder injury.

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