After week 3 of the 2012 NFL season the Arizona Cardinals announced they would be placing RB Beanie Wells on the injured reserve list. Finally after 6 games the running back is eyeing a return to the field. Do to IR rules Wells cannot play until the November 25th game against the St. Louis Rams. Wells will not fix all the problems the Cardinals have, but he will give some much needed power to the running game.
RB LaRod Stephens-Howling has rushed for over 100 yards in a game this season, but the Cardinals are lacking a gritty back. That guy who can get the tough yards. Stephens-Howling is tough, but because of his size he is not able to brush off arm tackles as well as most starting backs in the NFL. Wells averaged 2.6 yards per carry and is a little better at getting back to the line of scrimmage on a broken play.
The Cardinals are trying to get healthy, but it could be too late in the season for a team that can’t seem to get back on track after starting the 4-0. The last 5 losses have not looked good for the Cardinals and their schedule does not get any easier. QB Kevin Kolb will be returning sooner than expected which is an added boost. However, TE Todd Heap missed another game on Sunday and has only caught passes in 2 games this season as he continues to be bothered by a sore knee. The playoff hopes on this team are dwindling fast. It would be nice to see at least one more victory from the Cardinals this season.