Cardinals: Training Camp Update

Cardinals guard Deuce Lutui is struggling with is weight, O'Brien Schofield is improving and training camp battles to watch - including CB A.J. Jefferson and WR Andre Roberts' attempt to lock down starting spots.


-- G Deuce Lutui missed some practice time last week as he struggles to lose weight. The team has weight goals for Lutui to meet, and it appears he missed one. Lutui did play a lot against the Packers.

-- TE Stephen Spach missed the Packers game with a calf strain. It's not believed to be serious but it hurts Spach's chances of making the team.

-- OLB O'Brien Schofield played well against the Packers, finishing with a sack and a forced fumble. Schofield hadn't done much in the preseason until then.

-- QB Rich Bartel appears to be closing the gap with John Skelton for the backup quarterback's job. Bartel had a good week of practice although he had a foolish interception against the Packers.

-- OLB Joey Porter is having a good camp. At age 34, there was some question if Porter would even make the team, but he isn't being pushed hard for the starting position.

EXPECTED BATTLE OF THE WEEK: CB A.J. Jefferson is the starter on the left side and so far is holding off Patrick Peterson, the fifth-overall pick. Jefferson has played well but it's hard to see Peterson staying out of the lineup for long.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Andre Roberts appears to have solidified his spot as the No. 2 receiver. He played well against the Packers, including making a nice catch and breaking a tackle for extra yards. Early Doucet is the third receiver and he's had a good camp, too.


-- DE Sam Acho, the fourth round pick, is being used on the left side behind Clark Haggans. He also has worked on the right side behind Joey Porter.

-- TE Rob Housler, the third-round selection, has shown he can run and catch. But he has a long way to go as a blocker. Housler's receiving ability, however, will get him plenty of playing time.

-- WR DeMarco Sampson, a seventh-round pick, runs polished routes and has good hands. He's been impressive in training camp. He also has made plays on special teams, which will help him make the roster.

-- FB Anthony Sherman, a fifth-round pick, has shown some solid blocking skills and played well on special teams in the opener.


--SS Adrian Wilson (biceps tear) is out but is undergoing rehabilitation and is expected to play at some point this year.

--CB Michael Adams underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. It's hoped he will return in another week or so.

--RB Ryan Williams is out for the season after suffering a torn patellar tendon against the Packers.

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