The Arizona Cardinals franchise has come a long way since Ken Whisenhunt took over three years ago.…
Warner Has Clear Head, Sore Hip
Warner should be able to play against the 49ers on Monday night, however. The injury was diagnosed as a hip pointer, and Warner felt much better early in the week than he did immediately after the game.
His availability obviously is important, especially since a victory over the 49ers will clinch the Cardinals' second consecutive NFC West title.
Warner suffered a concussion nearly three weeks ago against the Rams and missed the loss against the Titans. Backup Matt Leinart was productive in that game, and the Cardinal would have won had they not yielded a 99-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes.
The Cardinals' offense appears to be hitting its stride as it enters the final month of the season. The running game has been productive, and the receiving corps is healthy.
In the opening-day loss to the 49ers, two of the top receivers were hurt. Steve Breaston missed the game with a bruised knee, and Anquan Boldin hobbled through it with a strained hamstring.
--QB Kurt Warner should be able to play Monday although he suffered a hip pointer last week. Warner, who missed the previous game with a concussion, suffered no additional problems with his head.
--QB Matt Leinart received half of the practice snaps last week but almost all of them should go to Kurt Warner this week.
--RB Tim Hightower continues to be productive, but he has lost three fumbles in the first quarter of games this year. --RB Beanie Wells hasn't received much work lately, but that could change against the 49ers, who like to keep their safeties deep against the Cardinals.
--RB Jason Wright plays a limited role as a third-down back.
--WR Larry Fitzgerald is healthy and has been productive on the field. He has 10 touchdown catches, two short of tying his career high.
--WR Anquan Boldin has played well in the last month since recovering from an ankle injury. Boldin caught a 39-yard touchdown pass last week.
--WR Steve Breaston has not been a focal point of the offense lately as the club has moved to more two tight-end sets. Breaston, however, is healthy and could be a wild card down the stretch.
--WR Early Doucet has passed Jerheme Urban for the No. 4 job. Doucet won't get the ball much, however.
--TE Ben Patrick continues to be the team's most effective tight end. Patrick is a decent blocker and an above-average tight end.
--TE Anthony Becht is the best blocking tight end on the club, but he's not a big part of the passing game.
--K Neil Rackers has been reliable this season, missing only one field goal. He has had only 13 attempts, a testament to the team's success in the red zone.
--SS Adrian Wilson needs one sack to become the 10th player in NFL history to have 20 sacks and 20 interceptions over his career. Wilson has 21 interceptions.
--DE Darnell Dockett has seven sacks this season and should contend for a Pro Bowl spot.
--LT Mike Gandy has a pelvic injury and likely will be questionable for Sunday's game. Jeremy Bridges, the backup, played effectively in his first start last week.
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