Cardinals: Week 12 News & Notes

Stay updated on this week's news and notes as the Cardinals prepare for Monday Night Football.

--The Cardinals rushed for 101 yards last week, providing a ray of hope to an offense that has been dismal. Tim Hightower gained 62 yards and Beanie Wells had 39.

"I thought both of our guys looked good," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "If we would have been able to stay with the plan, I think we were pleased with what we were able to get accomplished in the run game.

"If there is one area we can have a little bit of hope in, I think that is it."

--Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said it's difficult dealing with a losing streak.

"You go home and you can't escape it," he said before last week's fifth consecutive loss. "You turn the TV on and (it's), 'The Cardinals lost four in a row.' Go to dinner and, 'Hey Fitz, what's wrong with you guys?' You guys (reporters) go out and eat dinner, nobody ever bothers you, nobody wants to talk football with you."

Fitzgerald is one of seven current players who were on the roster in 2006, when the Cardinals lost eight games. This streak is harder to deal with, he said.

"I had never won on this level before," Fitzgerald said of his feelings in 2006. "I've tasted the caviar now, so eating out of the garbage is not where I want to be."

--Coach Ken Whisenhunt thinks his team lacks confidence now. "It's going to take some guys -- a unit, a player -- making some plays for us to gain some confidence," Whisenhunt said. "All we can do is keep plugging away and hopefully we'll get one of these."

--The current five-game losing streak is the team's longest since Whisenhunt became coach in 2007. But such streaks are common in Cardinals history. They have lost at least five consecutive games in 10 of their 23 seasons in Arizona.

--QB Derek Anderson has been intercepted just once in the past three games, but he's still missing receivers for big plays. Twice last week he overthrew Steve Breaston on potential touchdown passes.

--QB Max Hall likely won't start again this season unless there is an injury to Derek Anderson.

--RB Tim Hightower continues to start ahead of Beanie Wells, but the club has had struggled to stick with the run because it's fallen behind in games.

--RB Beanie Wells said his knee is fine after struggling with an injury. Wells is frustrated at his lack of carries, but his knee problem has contributed significantly to that.

--RB LaRod Stephens-Howling is expected to return after missing last week with a hamstring strain.

--RB Jason Wright is expected to return after missing last week's game with a concussion.

--WR Steve Breaston continues to be the team's biggest downfield threat. Breaston has the speed to stretch the field and runs well after the catch.

--WR Early Doucet will be questionable after suffering a concussion in last week's game.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald is frustrated that his numbers are down this season, but he isn't complaining publicly. Fitzgerald is healthy but quarterback Derek Anderson has trouble getting the ball to him.

--TE Stephen Spach is mainly a blocker and will rarely be a target in the passing game.

--TE Jim Dray has moved ahead of Ben Patrick as the backup tight end. Dray isn't much of a receiving threat.

--K Jay Feely has a strong leg and his only miss this season in 12 attempts was from 54 yards.

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