Camping Trip

For the first time in a long time, the injury outlook favors the Cardinals. WRs Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald are both expected to play. On the other side, RB Reggie Bush will miss his second straight game. Find out how this will impact Sunday's game as we delve inside both camps.

Inside Cardinals Camp:

The Cardinals could have their top two receivers available for Sunday's game if Thursday's practice is any indication.

Neither Anquan Boldin nor Larry Fitzgerald participated fully, but they both appeared to be improving from injuries. Boldin practiced for the first time since suffering a dislocated toe on his left foot two weeks ago against Cleveland.

He didn't run full speed, but he said he should be able to play on Sunday in New Orleans, barring a setback.

Fitzgerald played last week with a sore groin and has said he feels better this week. He hasn't been pushing himself in practice, however, going three-quarters speed through some routes.

Having both Boldin and Fitzgerald would be a huge boost for the Cardinals, who need to win their last three games to have a chance of making the playoffs.

It has been a rough year for Boldin, who has missed four games with hip and toe injuries. The last time he was healthy, against Baltimore in Week 3, he caught 14 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

Fitzgerald has been a workhorse with Boldin hobbled and should be a Pro Bowl selection. If that happens, his 2008 salary will increased by $5 million.

Inside Saints Camp:

Despite a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Saints running back Reggie Bush has not given up on playing again this season.

Bush, who had an MRI on Dec. 6 that revealed the ligament damage, got a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews last Monday. But Bush continues to refute national media reports that he's done for the season.

The Saints apparently think he can return, if not for the regular season, perhaps for a playoff game if the Saints qualify for postseason play. On Wednesday, they decided to keep him on the 53-man active roster rather than putting him on injured reserve.

"I told (the Saints decision-makers) that I want to play, and I don't want to be on (injured reserve)," Bush said. "I want to be back as soon as possible. I'm going to do everything I can."

Saints coach Sean Payton did not completely rule out the possibility that Bush may land on injured reserve before the season ends, but said the reports that the second-year pro would not play again this year were premature.

"We didn't make any final decisions," said Payton, who consulted with General Manager Mickey Loomis and the Saints' medical staff Tuesday. "Like I said in the very beginning, when those reports came out, I thought they were a little (premature). And they still remain a little (premature) in my opinion."

Bush said he doesn't know exactly when the injury occurred, although it probably happened in a 27-23 loss to Tampa Bay on Dec. 2. Bush said he hurt his left knee against Jacksonville on Nov. 4, but an MRI at that time revealed no ligament tears.

Bush said he had never missed a game at any level, and had a difficult time watching the Saints' 34-14 win at Atlanta from the sideline.

"It's really frustrating," said Bush, who has struggled with fumbles and dropped passes as the Saints went from NFC preseason favorites to a 6-7 mark entering Sunday's game. "This kind of tops it: missing my first game, not being able to be out there with my teammates.

"This is what I do. This is what I love to do. And the fact that I wasn't able to be out there on the field, it took a toll on me."

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