Wednesday brought more sun to Cards' camp and the first night practice of the season in front of about 2,700 fans. Highlighted by the always-competitive goal-line drill, the Big Red had a few scares, but came away from the night session relatively unscathed. The defense made most of the big plays and seemed to use any mistakes as motivation towards the next play.
Injuries: Cornerback Rashad Barksdale (foot) and safety Hamza Abdullah (hamstring) missed their second straight day. Tight end Jim Dray (quad) and linebacker Reggie Walker (ankle) also missed time today. Tight end Ben Patrick sprained his knee in the night session when he got tangled up with Greg Toler; his status will depend on an MRI. Wide receiver Early Doucet and defensive tackle Dan Williams each limped off the field at one point, but returned after a few plays.
Highlights: Darnell Dockett has been nearly unblockable throughout camp and proved to be again on Wednesday. On consecutive plays, he broke through the line to stop Beanie Wells for a loss, causing a fumble on one occasion. He could be on the verge of an All-Pro caliber season.
The goal-line portion of the night practice was won by the defense overall. The offense had a couple of mental lapses, but key plays by Joey Porter and Calais Campbell were of note. The offense eventually found some success, but still has some work to do inside the red zone.
Paris Lenon made a great play on the ball to intercept a Matt Leinart pass. Leinart made some passes on the mark, but still doesn't look completely comfortable leading the offense.
After a slow start, rookie wideout Andre Roberts is beginning to emerge. After a nice catch, the Citadel product turned up field and took it to the house. Roberts was also impressive during punt return drills and looks to be a secret weapon in the making.
Quote of the Day: "The best thing about today is when guys made mistakes, they were mad. You don't want a guy making a mistake and walking off and sayin, 'O.K., I'll get it next time.' You want to be (ticked) about that mistake because you want to be accountable." –Darnell Dockett
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