Steve Breaston Has Big Shoes To Fill Sunday

A year ago, Steve Breaston's only involvement on offense was seeing how far he could return kickoffs and punts. On Sunday, he's likely to play a huge role as the club's No. 2 receiver. There are two reasons for Breaston's ascension of the depth chart: he's worked really, really hard in the year, and Anquan Boldin is hurt.

Anquan Boldin has a sinus fracture and a possible concussion and is unlikely to play Sunday against the Bills.

That leaves Breaston, a fifth-round pick out of Michigan in 2007, as the No. 2 receiver, behind Larry Fitzgerald.

Breaston has shown great strides as a receiver, including last week when he caught nine passes for 122 yards, both career highs.

But all but two of those catches came in the second half, after the Cardinals were trailing 34-0. Now Breaston faces the challenges of producing as the No. 2 receiver. It's a different role for him, one that he's confident he can fill.


--NT Gabe Watson will likely play for the first time this season. Watson missed all of training camp after suffering a fractured kneecap in a treadmill accident last spring. This is his third week of full practice and he should be able to take 15 to 20 snaps.

--WR Jerheme Urban will be the third receiver this week. Urban had good numbers last week -- five catches for 50 yards -- but he also had a dropped pass on an important third down in the first half.

--QB Kurt Warner has worked hard on fundamentals this week, concentrating on hanging on to the ball as he moves around the pocket and takes hits. He had four fumbles last week and lost three of them. His 40 completions set the team record for a game. His 57 attempts tied for fourth most.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald caught his 350th career pass last week. He did it in his 64th NFL game. Only two players have reached that milestone in fewer games: teammate Anquan Boldin (58) and Lionel Taylor (63).

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