Cardinals: Updated News, Notes & Quotes

The bye week has allowed RB Beanie Wells to rest his hamstring, rookie LB Sam Acho is getting more playing time, backup QB John Skelton is getting healthier and much more inside.

--RB Beanie Wells rested his sore left hamstring during practices in the bye week. He's running hard and well and there was no reason to risk further injury.

-- OLB Sam Acho is starting to get some playing time on the right side behind Joey Porter. O'Brien Schofield was backing up Porter, but Schofield has been getting work on the left side.

--QB John Skelton has been inactive for every game, but he could have received more work during the bye. That might help him make a push for Rich Bartel's No. 2 job.

--OLB O'Brien Schofield needs to play more, especially in obvious passing situations. He's got pass rush skills. He's learning the defense, so coaches don't want to overload him, but they are keeping a possible impact player on the sideline.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

Offensively, the Cardinals worked hard on third down, the red-zone and two-minute offenses during the off week. All have caused them trouble at times in the five games this season.

Receiver Early Doucet is emerging as a playmaker. Doucet, the third receiver, has 21 catches. Andre Roberts, the second receiver, has only 12.

Don't be surprised if the Cardinals rely a bit more on the run after the bye. The run game has been productive early, and it could help an offense that's struggling. It should also help the defense stay off the field, also a problem in the first five weeks.

On special teams, Dave Zastudil appears ready to return after missing a week with a knee injury. Ben Graham punted against the Vikings last week, and had a short kick coming out of the end zone. That led to a touchdown.


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