STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
--ILB Stewart Bradley, who signed a five-year, $30 million deal before the season, is still making the transition from the 4-3 scheme he ran with the Eagles to the 3-4. That's why Bradley stayed on the sidelines when starter Daryl Washington was hurt in the fourth quarter. Washington has a calf strain. If he can't play, either Reggie Walker or Bradley will take his place.
--TE Jeff King is the starter because he's a much better blocker than Todd Heap. Heap is going to play a lot, but he's clearly No. 2.
--RB Chester Taylor, signed last week, likely will be active for the first time. Taylor could play a small role on offense, especially in passing situations and in relief of starter Beanie Wells.
--RB/KR LaRod Stephens-Howling is likely to miss Sunday's game with a hand contusion. Stephens-Howling hasn't practiced this week. Coach Ken Whisenhunt hasn't ruled Stephens-Howling out, but the running back is wearing a large wrap on his right hand and wrist. It doesn't seem likely he will play for at least a week or two.
--WR DeMarco Sampson, the team's fifth receiver last week, missed practice Thursday with a sore hamstring. Sampson was active last week because he's a better special teams player than Stephen Williams.
--OLB Joey Porter is expected to play fewer snaps this year as the Cardinals work rookie Sam Acho and second-year pro O'Brien Schofield into the lineup. The hope is that Porter can stay fresher and be effective at age 34.
--WR Larry Fitzgerald needs two touchdowns to pass Roy Green for the franchise lead in touchdown receptions. Fitzgerald has 65. He did not score last week.
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