Cardinals: Week 2 News & Notes

Get the latest news and notes following the Cardinals 41-7 loss in Atlanta.

--RB Tim Hightower's 80-yard touchdown run against the Falcons was the longest of his career and the third longest in team history. It was the longest run the Cardinals have had since 1958. Hightower's previous longest run was 70 yards. That happened in last year's playoff game against the Saints. The Cardinals lost both of those games.

--Coach Ken Whisenhunt was not pleased that safety Kerry Rhodes started the game with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the first play. "That's just not being smart," Whisenhunt said. "You can't be the guy who gets the last shot or gets caught in that situation."

Rhodes was ejected in the fourth quarter after making contact with an official. He was trying to get the official's attention after he was hit from behind and kneed in the head.

--The Cardinals did not convert on third down in eight attempts and failed on one fourth down. Quarterback Derek Anderson completed one of nine passes with an interception on those downs. Whisenhunt didn't place on the blame on Anderson, who had a couple of passes dropped and didn't always have great protection.

--RB Beanie Wells hopes to practice on Wednesday after missing two games with a bruised knee. The Cardinals are hopeful but it's no sure thing. Wells was optimistic last week, too, but worked on a very limited basis.

--WR Early Doucet is going to miss at least three more games after undergoing surgery last week to repair a sports hernia. The Cardinals hope to have him back for the Oct. 24 game at Seattle, a week after the bye.

--QB Derek Anderson doesn't appear in danger of losing his job. Coaches don't think backup Max Hall, a rookie, is ready, and they aren't as down on Anderson as the fans seem to be. Offensive coaches believe that Anderson will benefit if other offensive players cut down on mistakes.

--RB Tim Hightower's 80-yard touchdown run against the Falcons was the longest of his career. It was the third longest in team history.

--WR Stephen Williams, a rookie, caught two passes for 26 yards but made some mistakes, too. Williams dropped a pass, lined up wrong and missed another assignment. Still, the Cardinals are high on his future and will continue to play him.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald appeared to be moving better in last Sunday's game than he did in the season opener. Fitzgerald suffered a sprained MCL in the first preseason game. He had seven catches for 83 yards last week.


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