-- RG Leonard Davis (ankle), who had just returned from a fractured right hand that wiped out his entire preseason, lasted less than a quarter in the opener before he went down. Davis has had an MRI. Results should be known by Wednesday. His availability for Sunday's home opener against Seattle will be determined as the week goes on.
-- WR Larry Foster (ankle), a starter and the
team's most experienced wideout with four years in the league, is awaiting
results of an MRI to learn his status for this weekend.
Bryan Gilmore (knee), a starter, had an MRI and should know Wednesday or
Thursday if he will be able to play.
-- KR and backup WR Kevin Kasper (back), might have to be replaced against Seattle, his old team. An MRI
should provide the answer to his status by Wednesday.
S Justin Lucas (concussion, final preseason game) could see his first action
this weekend. He was cleared to play in the opener late last week but was a
-- LS Nathan Hodel (shoulder) played in the
opener and is approaching 100 percent efficiency.
-- Backup DLT
Marcus Bell (left knee), who missed the opener, suffered a sprain in an Aug. 22
preseason game against Chicago, is a possibility to return this weekend.
Although not a starter, Bell figures prominently in the rotation of tackles.
-- WR Anquan Boldin, who had 10 receptions for 217 yards and
two touchdowns as the third receiver in the Cardinals' 42-24 season-opening loss
to Detroit, might move into the lineup in Week 2 because starters Larry Foster
and Bryan Gilmore are iffy with injuries. Boldin's receiving yardage is
most ever by a rookie in his first NFL game. His catches and yardage lead the
league after Week 1. He is a finalist for NFL rookie of the week, to be
-- QB Jeff Blake is a finalist for the
league's "air player'' of the week, sponsored by FedEx after passing for 363
yards and three touchdowns against Detroit to a receiving corps composed mostly
of newcomers. Although it was not enough to get his team a win - special teams
and defense combined to surrender 42 points - Blake did complete 28 of 46 passes
for a 98.4 passer rating, and served notice that he has had no problem taking
command of new coordinator Jerry Sullivan's offense.
Bryant Johnson, selected 17th in the first round in April, needs to step up in a
big way this week with two starters and a prominent backup wideout injured.
Johnson has been a huge disappointment, first with a training-camp holdout, then
a trip to the hospital the morning after a hard night of partying in Flagstaff,
Ariz., then to his failure to crack the team's top four in receiving. He also
was unable to beat fellow rookie Anquan Boldin for the punt-return
-- RB Emmitt Smith has taken it upon himself to add more to
his job description: designated timeout caller. Three times he took timeouts in
the first half at Detroit to avoid delay-of-game penalties. He said from his
position deep in the backfield he is in great position to see the play clock and
make those calls.
-- DE Calvin Pace showed quickly that the
giddiness about his pass-rushing ability during preseason was premature. He had
three sacks in those meaningless games. In the first one that counted, he had
zero on a unit that had zero against Joey Harrington. The Cardinals ranked last
in the league in sacks the past two years with 19 and 21, the reason why the
team spent a first-round pick (18th overall) on Pace.
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