Arizona Cardinals' Player Wire Updates

The 2009 season is right around the corner and several storylines are taking shape in the desert. With preseason game No. 1 out of the way, Scout.com updates all of the recent happenings regarding the Arizona Cardinals in this AZRedReport.com exclusive report.

TE Anthony Becht (hamstring) might practice this week for the first time since the opening days of camp.

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TEs Ben Patrick and Stephen Spach played with the first unit in the first preseason game, with Leonard Pope and Dominique Byrd backing them up. Spach is coming off ACL surgery, and Patrick is suspended for the first four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. Veteran Anthony Becht hasn't practiced much because of a hamstring injury, but he's the best blocker of the bunch. It's going to take all of preseason to sort out the position.

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QB Brian St. Pierre was disappointed in his first preseason game, but he's confident that won't be his only chance to prove himself.

"Obviously, you hope things would have worked out better," St. Pierre said. "It was just one of those nights. Not a lot went right."

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NT Bryan Robinson is holding on to the nose tackle's job, despite the fact the team has two fairly high draft picks behind him. Alan Branch, a second-round pick two years ago, finally reported to camp in shape but he has a long way to go. Gabe Watson, a fourth-round pick three years ago, struggled through knee problems last year and is running on the second team.

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DE Calais Campbell played well in his first preseason start, but he missed on an opportunity to sack Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone.

"I'm a little rusty at it," said Campbell, in his second year. "Get it out of the way in the preseason so when it comes to the season, I'll be making those. I left my feet and he's the type of quarterback you can't leave your feet with. You have to run through."

Coach Ken Whisenhunt, who coached Roethlisberger with the Steelers, understood Campbell's challenge. "That kid Roethlisberger is a hard guy to sack," Whisenhunt said. "He's a good football player."

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RB Beanie Wells could make his preseason debut this week against the Chargers. Wells suffered a sprained right ankle in his first practice but has done an increasing amount in rehab. The hope is he will be able to practice this week and play in the final three preseason games.

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OLB Cody Brown, a second-round pick, showed some pass rush skills against the Steelers but still faces a steep learning curve in learning a new position. He was a defensive end in college.

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S Dennis Keyes suffered a knee injury against Pittsburgh, and the severity of it is unknown.

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WR Early Doucet (sprained shoulder) could return to practice on a limited basis this week, but he's at least questionable for Saturday's game against San Diego.

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OT Elliot Vallejo (dislocated kneecap) could miss a second week of practice this week.

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OL Herman Johnson, a guard in college, is playing right tackle and was praised by coach Ken Whisenhunt for his play against the Steelers. Johnson played most of the second half.

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WR Jerheme Urban has solidified his role as the team's No. 4 receiver with an excellent camp. Urban has probably had the best camp of any player. He played a big role in the team's success last year, and in this training camp, he's shown he can catch in traffic. That was a weakness in previous years.

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DL Keilen Dykes has a quadriceps strain that could cause him to miss a few weeks. Dykes is the backup to starter Calais Campbell so his continued absence would have an impact.

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RB LaRod Stephens-Howling, a second-round pick, has shown great speed and quickness in the open field. But he has to improve in his blitz pickup if he's going to be able to play on third down.

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QB Matt Leinart strengthened his hold on the No. 2 job with a steady performance in the preseason opener. Leinart was inaccurate early but settled down to finish 8 of 14 for 83 yards. Brian St. Pierre, who is competing for the job, didn't play well. He had an interception that set up a touchdown. St. Pierre, however, didn't get much help. He was sacked three times and had a pass dropped.

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LS Mike Leach will be an upgrade in coverage over the previous long snapper, Nate Hodel. Leach made that clear in the preseason game, showing good speed in getting downfield.

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TEs Stephen Spach and Ben Patrick played with the first unit in the first preseason game, with Leonard Pope and Dominique Byrd backing them up. Spach is coming off ACL surgery, and Patrick is suspended for the first four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. Veteran Anthony Becht hasn't practiced much because of a hamstring injury, but he's the best blocker of the bunch. It's going to take all of preseason to sort out the position.

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WR Steve Breaston suffered a bruised knee against Pittsburgh and underwent an MRI on Friday. The team has not released results.

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LB Victor Hobson could be a valuable backup because he can play both inside and outside. The Cardinals don't have much size or strength behind starter Gerald Hayes, but at 254 pounds, Hobson gives the team some heft and pop.


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