Arizona Cardinals Player Wire: Updates
Early Doucet (Getty)
Early Doucet (Getty)

Posted Sep 10, 2009

The Arizona Cardinals are dealing with some nagging and new injuries heading into their season opener. Here are the latest updates.


WR Anquan Boldin hasn't gone through a full practice since suffering a strained hamstring on Aug. 25. He did some light running on Thursday, but that was mostly to make sure he knew the game plan and his play-to-play assignments. Boldin hasn't been available to the media in the locker room this week, but has told some people he's intent on playing. On Wednesday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said the chances of Boldin playing are "very good." On Thursday, he indicated that Boldin's availability could be a game-time decision.


RB Beanie Wells isn't likely to challenge Tim Hightower for the starting job for at least several more weeks. Hightower is a better blocker and a proven receiver. Wells has to prove himself in those roles before taking over.


WR Early Doucet, in his second season, is out with fractured ribs.

QB Kurt Warner hasn't worked with two of his top three receivers -- Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston have been limited by injuries -- as much as he would like. Warner's strength is his accuracy, and he places a heavy emphasis on timing and precise route running. The changes at receiver played a part in Warner's struggles this preseason. He completed just 52 percent of his passes, didn't have a touchdown and had three throws intercepted.


QB Kurt Warner appears fully recovered from hip surgery last spring. Warner struggled with some pain during camp but recently has said his hip is feeling much better than it did a month ago.


WR Steve Breaston, the third receiver, admitted he's not 100 percent recovered from a knee injury suffered in the first preseason game.


RB Tim Hightower will start on Sunday but look for rookie Beanie Wells to get plenty of action, too. Wells has recovered from a sprained right ankle and has looked quick lately.

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