Breaston Likely To Start Sunday Against Bills

It would be surprising if wide receiver Anquan Boldin can play this Sunday, considering the vicious hit he took last week against the Jets. The team hasn't said much about Boldin's condition, other than he passed all neurological tests and his brain scan was normal.

Anquan Boldin's father told the Palm Beach Post that Boldin suffered a split lip that required two stitches, and that his son had a fractured sinus membrane. The team's web site said Boldin had a swollen jaw but otherwise appeared fine Tuesday.

Boldin was knocked out on the play, so it's possible he also suffered a concussion. That means he would have to pass some strict tests before returning to action.

It seems logical that he will miss at least one game.

That means wide receiver Steve Breaston, in his second season, would step up to a No. 2 role for the first time in his career.

He's started three games this year, but only because the Cardinals used multiple receivers to open the game. Breaston has played well this season and has made tremendous strides since the end of his rookie year, but the pressure is really on now.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--QB Kurt Warner committed six turnovers last week and did a poor job of hanging onto the ball under pressure. Only two of the turnovers were completely his fault, however. He fumbled once after having plenty of time to throw, and he was intercepted when he had ample time. The other turnovers were the result of poor protection or throwing at the end of the game.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald has played well this season and continues to make strides every year. Fitzgerald is making catches across the middle and gaining yards after the catch, something coaches have been emphasizing.

--WR Anquan Boldin might not play this week after taking a vicious hit last Sunday from Jets S Eric Smith.

--WR Steve Breaston, the No. 3 wideout on the club, might move into the starting lineup in place of Anquan Boldin, who took a vicious hit near the end of the Jets game last week.

--RB Edgerrin James isn't a consistent focal point of the offense. Twice this year, the team has abandoned its running game. The Cards did it once because the passing game was working so well, and they did it last week because they trailed the Jets 34-0 at halftime.

--RB Tim Hightower has become an effective short-yardage and goal-line back. Hightower has three touchdowns in four games.

--TE Leonard Pope was hampered by a sore foot and ankle last week. Pope, normally the starter, played a reserve role while Ben Patrick started. There was no word on Pope's condition.

--TE Ben Patrick started last week and played well. He has become a better blocker, and he's a solid receiver.

--NT Gabe Watson (fractured kneecap) could make his season debut. By the end of the week, he will have practiced three full weeks, so he should be ready to take a few snaps.

--DE/OLB Bertrand Berry is out for at least a few more weeks with a groin strain.

--SS Adrian Wilson suffered a hamstring injury in practice last week and didn't play. Wilson is going to test the hamstring this week, but his status is uncertain.


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