Cardinals Notebook

The Cardinals prepare to go 2-0 on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. Find out the latest on what's going on in Arizona right here.

Outside of WR Larry Fitzgerald's knee sprain, RB Beanie Wells has been the most talked about injury in Arizona. Wells has been nursing a bruised knee and missed the regular-season opener in St. Louis. Wells said he plans on playing Sunday in Atlanta but he shared the same sentiments a week ago only to find himself on the sidelines.

Wells on feeling an obligation to return to action: Definitely feel an obligation to be out there and help my team carry the load. Go out there and have fun playing football. It's something I enjoy doing and I've been playing since I was six years old. I don't want to stop here.

Wells on the high expectations since coming to Arizona: Without a doubt. I know them and I'm definitely going to embrace them once I'm back out there on the football field.

Wells didn't want any part of the media on Friday and his status is uncertain for Sunday's matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Sunday in Atlanta will be more than just another game for DT Darnell Dockett. Dockett's difficult past has been well chronicled and going back to the area where he grew up comes with great significance to the Pro Bowl lineman. Dockett declared early this week that the game would be dedicated to his mother, who was killed when he was 13.

Dockett Tweet: "I think I'm going to dedicate sunday game to my MOM she was killed when I was 13 I might cry B4 the game."

Dockett on going back to Atlanta: "Every time I go into that city, even when I was in college (with Florida State) at Georgia Tech, when I went to Atlanta it was a big thing for me to do well in those games. That's where my life really started, there's so much tragedy there."

Tim Hightower has taken full responsibility for his fumbling issues Week 1 against St. Louis and is working hard to ensure those issues aren't repeated going forward. Hightower said it would have been difficult for him to sleep if his second fumble - as the Cardinals were running out the clock - would have cost his team the victory.

Third-year wideout Early Doucet has a sports hernia and will miss 3-6 weeks following surgery. Doucet will more than likely be out until after the team's bye in Week 6. The emergence of undrafted rookies Stephen Williams and Max Komar should help the cause tremendously. Fellow rookie Andre Roberts is back from a shoulder injury and will also contribute in Doucet's absence.

Not only does Arizona start out the season with two consecutive road games but both have been home openers for St. Louis and Atlanta. Coach Ken Whisenhunt explained the difficulties the scenario poses but feels his team is much better suited to win on the road than in the past.

Whisenhunt Quote: It's definitely a test, especially when you're playing against teams in their first home game both weeks. Anytime you play on the road its tough, but especially two back to back to start the season when you feel like you don't know as much as you'd like to know about your opponent. We've become a better road team and hopefully that will help us play well this week."


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