Boldin Eager to Get Back In Gear On Sunday

Receiver Anquan Boldin is hopeful of playing on Sunday in Carolina, although the game comes just more than weeks after he underwent surgery to repair facial fractures. In his first comments since undergoing surgery on Oct. 2, Boldin said he had eight plates inserted to repair fractures suffered when he was hit near the end of the Jets game on Sept. 28.

In addition, Anquan Boldin suffered a concussion and needed wires in his lower jaw to correct his bite, which was knocked out of alignment on the hit.

Boldin cleared the mandated concussion test last week, he said, and was scheduled to meet with his surgeon on Tuesday.

Boldin is expected to have the wires removed and he's hopeful that he will be cleared to start practicing.

Boldin attended practice last week and has been running routes and lifting weights.

He lost 10 pounds after the surgery but has regained the weight.

Boldin has maintained a low media profile since undergoing surgery. He has avoided reporters by leaving practices early and not being available in open locker room sessions.

NOTES, QUOTES

--WR Larry Fitzgerald practiced on Monday, despite having flu-like symptoms.

"It's time to get back to work and ready to play against Carolina," he said. "It felt weird being at home on Sunday and watching everybody else playing. But it was nice to get off my feet a little bit."

--The Cardinals are playing in the Eastern time zone this week, so they know the question is coming: Why can't they win on the road? They are 3-8 there in Ken Whisenhunt's two seasons.

"I think the biggest thing for us offensively is we can't turn the football over," Fitzgerald said. "The times we've turned the football over, we've been unsuccessful. The times we haven't turned the football over, we've been successful."

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--OLB/DE Travis LaBoy is hopeful of playing on Sunday after suffering a groin injury against Dallas on Oct. 12.

--WR Steve Breaston has played well starting in place of Anquan Boldin. Breaston caught 15 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in the past two games.

--DE Calais Campbell, the team's second-round pick, is developing into a reliable backup. Campbell has played in some critical situations this year, and has produced.

--CB Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie has been burned for touchdowns in each of the past two games. Rodgers-Cromartie has great physical skills but he has a lot to do on his technique and understanding about game situations.

--TE Ben Patrick missed the last game with a knee injury, but coaches are hoping he will be healed in time to play Sunday in Carolina.

--DE/OLB Bertrand Berry has four sacks, one in each game he's played this season. Berry missed two games with a groin injury. He is the backup to Travis LaBoy, so Berry is getting a limited number of snaps each game.


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