Cardinals: Preseason Update

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PRESEASON NOTES

  • The Cardinals plan to practice twice a week at Arizona State's indoor facility when they return from playing Chicago on Aug. 28.

    The agreement hasn't been finalized yet, but the plan is to work inside on Wednesday's and Thursdays, the heaviest days of work for NFL teams.

    The Cardinals don't have an indoor facility, although coach Ken Whisenhunt has pushed for one and the Bidwill family, which owns the team, seems agreeable to building one at some point.

    "It's an outstanding facility," Whisenhunt said of ASU. "How nice that place was was stunning. ASU has a number of great facilities but for them to allow us to see it and to potentially use it, it will be of great help to our team."

  • Quarterback Matt Leinart apologized for not being available to reporters after the first preseason game.

    "I really don't think it's a very big deal," he said. "You guys know me, I've never intentionally missed a media thing. It was just a misunderstanding and I really didn't think about it."

  • Leinart will be compared constantly to Kurt Warner this year, even when he trips and falls. Leinart stumbled pulling away from center early in last week's game against the Texans. That caused him to mishandle a handoff to running back Tim Hightower, resulting in a fumble. The Cardinals recovered and lost 11 yards on the play.

    Whisenhunt didn't excuse Leinart on the play.

    "How many times did we see Kurt falling down, especially near the goal line, and still getting the ball to the (runner)?" Whisenhunt said. "And Kurt was not as athletically as gifted as some of the guys we have out there now. That's the standard that's expected."

  • Of the 80 players on the roster, only two, guard Deuce Lutui and tackle Herman Johnson, reported to training camp overweight. Both have lost weight in camp and appear to be on target to meet their goal for the start of the season.

    But Whisenhunt isn't excusing their earlier mistakes.

    "The only thing that's going to keep Deuce from playing more is his weight," Whisenhunt said, "because he's heavy and doesn't move as well on certain plays. Our level of expectations for Deuce is at a higher level and I think he'll attain that if he continues to drop his weight."

    If Johnson reaches, and then maintains, his weight at about 360 "he's got a chance to be a pretty good player," Whisenhunt said. "You can see at times in his lateral movements that he struggles because he's heavy. This is an important camp for him, and he needs to play well to make this team."


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