Cardinals: Week 1 News & Notes

Get up to date on the latest news and notes following the Cardinals' season opening win against the Rams.

--Defensive end Darnell Dockett has never missed a game and rarely has had to leave one because of injuries. But he missed a few plays at the end of the half last Sunday after getting hit in the head. "My cousin called me and told me it looked like I was fixin' to walk to LoLo's (Chicken and Waffles) after that hit. What happened? Everything blacked out. Lord."

--Strong safety Adrian Wilson blocked the first field goal of his 10-year career. He also had two interceptions and a sack. Wilson is the first player since 2004 (Julius Peppers) to have a blocked field goal, an interception and a sack in one game.

--QB Derek Anderson took a beating from the blitzing Rams, and the Cardinals had to use a timeout once to help him recover from a shot to the chest. "I feel like a champion," Anderson cracked after the game.

--WR Early Doucet suffered a groin injury against the Rams and likely will be at least questionable this week. Doucet has had trouble with injuries in his previous two NFL seasons. He's had hamstring and rib problems before.

--CB Greg Toler finished with 13 tackles, a sure sign the Rams were picking on him and going away from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Toler gave up a long play that led to a touchdown but played well otherwise.

--RB LaRod Stephens-Howling moved up to the No. 2 role in place of Beanie Wells, who was out with a knee injury. Stephens-Howling delivered, gaining 49 yards on seven carries. His speed helped him break some long runs to the outside. He will be a bigger part of the game this year than in 2009, his rookie season.

--RB Beanie Wells missed the game with a bruised right knee. Wells did not practice at all last week, and it's conceivable he could sit again this Sunday in Atlanta. Coach Ken Whisenhunt wants to be cautious to avoid more problems later this season. Whisenhunt is hopeful that Wells will practice on Wednesday.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald is still suffering from a sprained MCL in his right knee. Fitzgerald played last Sunday but was far from 100 percent. He was in more pain as the game progressed and took some plays off. Fitzgerald is expected to play in Atlanta.


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