Cardinals Weekend Update

What's the latest on linebacker Gerald Hayes' back injury? Is the Cardinals' front office prepared to offer defensive lineman Darnell Dockett a long-term contract? How are the negotiations progressing with the remaining unsigned rookies? Find out these answers and more inside.


NOTES

  • Starting inside linebacker Gerald Hayes is expected to miss the start of training camp after undergoing back surgery this summer. Hayes has been bothered by a bulging disc since last season and had hoped exercise and therapy could solve the problem. It didn't. The Cardinals won't know Hayes' rehab schedule until he reports for a physical next week.

  • Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett continues to take the high road as he seeks a new contract from the team. Over the past two years, Dockett has complained about his contract, but now he seems to be following the template constructed by safety Adrian Wilson. Wilson kept a low profile and was rewarded with a lucrative deal in the summer of 2009.

  • The Cardinals have not had an offensive lineman make a Pro Bowl since 1996.

  • The Cardinals signed a new three-year contract this summer to keep their training camp in Flagstaff. The Cardinals have trained there every year except one since moving to Arizona in 1988. In 2005, a virus on the Northern Arizona campus forced the team to hold camp in Prescott.



    QUOTES

    "If I didn't think Matt could play, he wouldn't still be here." -- Coach Ken Whisenhunt on quarterback Matt Leinart.



    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    Three draft picks remain unsigned. Talks just started with the agents for first-round pick Dan Williams, a nose tackle, second round pick Daryl Washington, a linebacker. Outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield, the fourth-round pick, is also unsigned.

    Schofield is recovering from a torn ACL and will be on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp.



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