RB Beanie Wells' workload has increased in practice this week and he should be back in action against the Oakland Raiders. While his workload will be limited, Wells still believes the Arizona offense runs through him. Wells will re-join Tim Hightower in the Cardinals' backfield going up against an Oakland defense allowing 140 yards per game on the ground.
Wells on how it's been on the sideline: "It's been terrible. I've been wanting to be out there and play with my guys. Go out and be productive."
On how much he can help the offense: "A lot more of a help. I think this offense goes through me."
On if he'll play this weekend: "Yes, definitely going."
On the difference from last week to this week: "A tremendous difference. It's feels a whole lot better. I'm not going out there and second guessing. I'm out there at full speed, not even thinking about it. "
Some players are taking the Cardinals' 41-7 loss in Atlanta harder than others. One of those players is safety Adrian Wilson. Wilson has been avoiding the media this week and after finally surfacing Thursday afternoon, the Pro Bowler had little to say. Wilson wasn't pleased with Arizona's latest performance and is looking forward to redemption in the team's home opener.
Wilson on why he's been quiet this week: "We're in the tank right now. I don't really have anything nice to say. We got whooped, we didn't even put up a fight. It's hard for me to even say anything right now. Everything that I say is going to be negative. I don't want to go that route."
Sunday's game will feature a matchup of two perinial Pro Bowlers in WR Larry Fitzgerald and CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Fitzgerald has great respect for Asomugha and feels that he's a special player both on and off the field. Fitzgerald also explained that going up against CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie everyday during practice has prepared him well.
Fitzgerald on going up against Asomugha: It's a great challenge. He's one of the premier corners, if not the best in the business. But I have a great corner in DRC every day that I get to go against. He's prepared me to play against guys like him and other premier guys in the league.
On his relationship with Asomugha: It will be fun. He's a good friend of mine. I really admire the way he plays and the kind of man he is. I'm looking forward to the challenge.
Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski was named the starter earlier this week but coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn't expect Oakland's offense to change much with Gradkowski at the helm. However, after Gradkowski took over for Jason Campbell a week ago, the Raiders' offense opened up and was much more effective down the field.
Members of the Cardinals' defense held a players only meeting earlier this week led by a host of veterans including LB Joey Porter. Whisenhunt was asked whether that bothered him and he expressed it to be a normal occurrence following a poor performance like the team put forth against the Falcons.
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