Training Camp Report: Back to Business Monday

The Cardinals went back to work on Monday morning after securing their first win of the preseason Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. While it was a relatively quiet day, there were some notable injury updates and performances on the field. Jason Harris breaks down the day that was in Flagstaff.

Fitz back to business.

After getting into it with Levi Brown last week under the lights, Larry Fitzgerald was back to having fun at practice.

"What did I tell you," Fitzgerald jokingly said to top draft pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, after burning him deep on a Kurt Warner pass for a touchdown. Rodgers-Cromartie just shook his head and jogged back to the huddle. All in good fun, hard hitting safety Adrian Wilson spoke up for Rodgers-Cromartie, telling Fitzgerald to run a different route every once-in-a-while.

"Try a curl and see what happens," Wilson yelled from the sidelines.

Extra special

The special teams session lasted noticeably longer than usual today. The added work was a result of Neil Rackers booting a kickoff out of bounds and missing an extra point against the Chiefs. Punter and holder Dirk Johnson took the blame for the missed extra point, explaining that the ball fell as he spun it. Special teams shouldn't be a long term issue, as the exchange looked routine once again at Monday's practice.

Don't worry, be happy

Both Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner continue their strong campaigns for playing time. At this point it doesn't matter if you're a Kurt guy or a Matt fan. Be happy that the Cardinals are deep at quarterback. Both have a great chemistry with Fitzgerald among others, showing the ability to hit him on the slant, the sideline comeback and the deep ball. Both quarterbacks connected with a streaking Fitzgerald for a score.

Injury updates

Credit the Cardinals training staff once again for returning healthy players to the field. After going down with a hamstring injury two weeks ago, rookie wide recover Early Doucet was back in action. Doucet picked up where he left off, running hard and hauling in short passes. He showed no signs of injury as he tipped toed up the sideline twice after pulling down the out route.

After spending much of camp on the physically unable to perform list, linebacker Monty Beisel is back on the field. He received minimal reps with the back ups and at times struggled. He looked out of place on a few plays and was a little slow getting out in coverage. Given time, he should shake the rust off and settle down to add depth to the already deep Cardinals line backing corp.

Missing a short amount of time, including last week's preseason game, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was back on the practice field as well.

However, the training room wasn't empty. Tight end Ben Patrick suffered a high ankle sprain against the Chiefs. He will be out a week or two at the least. This is not good news for Patrick or the Cardinals. He has been a big part of the Cardinals two tight end offense so far at camp and was in competition with Leonard Pope to be the starter.

Also suffering form a high ankle sprain is Antrel Rolle who is still out. He won't return to practice for at least a week.


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