Although disgruntled wide receiver Anquan Boldin is still out with a hamstring injury, CB Marcus Brown was back in action. Brown is competing for one of the Cardinals final roster spots, but has an uphill battle due to the Cardinals new found depth at the cornerback position. Furthermore, the emergence of SS Aaron Francisco in the team's nickel package will make Brown's chances of making the active roster even more unlikely.
DE Antonio Smith didn't miss any practice time, but has been receiving extra medical attention to his hamstring. Smith will need to avoid any down time as rookies Calais Campbell and Kenny Iwebema will look to dethrone him as a starting defensive end.
TE Ben Patrick continued to build momentum with another solid practice today. Patrick reeled in an acrobatic touchdown pass from backup QB Brian St. Pierre. Patrick and TE Leonard Pope are engaged in a heated battle for the starting tight end position. Pope is coming off a season-ending ankle injury, but is starting to round into form.
WR Steve Breaston
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Breaston and rookie WR Early Doucet are currently neck-and-neck for the Cardinals third wide receiver spot. The competition is expected to last throughout the preseason, with the winner lining up in the slot along side Pro Bowlers Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.
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