The Arizona Cardinals have been beaten up all year. Even after the bye week, the Cardinals still list 9 on their injury report. The top concern of the week, of course, is DE Calais Campbell. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and is officially listed as questionable. However, the Cardinals brought in a defensive tackle this week. This basically means the Cardinals are afraid Campbell will not be able to go.
The only other Cardinals’ player that did not practice is QB Kevin Kolb, but he is still healing from his rib injury and this was expected. I have listed the full injury report below:
- CB Jamell Fleming (Limited)
- TE Todd Heap (Limited)
- TE Jeff King (Limited)
- LS Mike Leach (Limited)
- CB Greg Toler (Limited)
- S Kerry Rhodes (Full Practice)
- G Adam Snyder (Full Practice)
- DE Calais Campbell (Did not Practice)
- QB Kevin Kolb (Did Not Practice)
Five of the nine players listed are starters. The best part about this list is that Long Snapper Leach was limited in practice. I’m kinda curious what limited means for a player that usually gets 5-10 snaps a game. He must have snapped the ball 20 times instead of 40.
Also, it looks like everybody on this list will play on Sunday, with exception of Campbell and Kolb. Both of these players are two pretty big pieces, if winning is the whole pie.
The Cardinals will be excited to get Heap back as a receiving tight end. That has been one of the weakest parts of this offense. It is often overlooked due to the fact that this offensive line is less than average.
In reality, the Cardinals are actually healthier than they have been in weeks, but that does not include players on the injured reserve. Next week, they will get RB Beanie Wells back. He will probably start and have an immediate positive effect on the tough yards in the middle of the field. Hopefully by then the Cardinals will have a pretty good idea of how they want to move forward for the rest of the season.