Thursday night Cardinals

Thursday evening update on the Arizona Cardinals.

Now that Anquan Boldin has blown his cover, what does he do for an encore?
   The number of people who believed the rookie from Florida State would be leading the league in both receiving (10 catches) and receiving yardage (217) after Week 1 no doubt would equal the number of sacks posted by the Cardinals' defense in the opener (zero).
   The Cardinals' third receiver went over the middle to catch everything in sight just as Frank Sanders used to do - and then doing more after the catch than anyone the Cardinals have had on their roster recently.
   Boldin, the NFL rookie of the week, is expected to move into the starting lineup, not only on the basis of his strong opener - his receiving yardage was the most ever by a player in his first NFL game - but also because injuries have claimed at least two of the Cardinals six receivers and threaten another for Sunday's home opener against Seattle.
   "I don't know the learning curve or how fast you are supposed to learn," Boldin said. "I just have to tip my hat to the coaches, not only me but (fellow rookie) Bryant Johnson too, he's learning quickly, and that's all (because of) the coaches."
   Boldin could find himself in a match up against another potential game-breaking rookie who is forced to play because of an injury, Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant. Starting corner Shawn Springs will sit this one out.
   Boldin might have come from nowhere to surprise the hapless Lions in the opener, but from this point forward defensive coordinators will know who Boldin is, and they'll undoubtedly have wrinkles ready to thwart the rookie.
   That could be especially true this weekend if starters Larry Foster (ankle) and Bryan Gilmore (knee) and backup Kevin Kasper (back) can't play. Foster and Kasper are very doubtful. Gilmore's status might go to game time.
   While fantasy-league players will be awed by Boldin's numbers, real lovers of the game will be equally impressed with the little things, everything from how he runs routes and gets open, to his blocking.
   Boldin flattened Lions defensive end Robert Porcher on one play.
   Four other receivers were off the board when the Cardinals chose Boldin 54th overall in the second round.
    "It was pretty evident early that Anquan was a more mature guy than your average receiver," said offensive coordinator Jerry Sullivan. "He wasn't awed by the competition."
   -- WR Larry Foster (knee), who had one catch in the opener before he was injured, has not practiced and remains doubtful.
   -- WR Anquan Boldin, who caught 10 passes for 217 yards in his NFL debut, was named NFL rookie of the Week on Thursday and probably will start in Foster's spot.
   -- WR Bryan Gilmore (knee), who made his first career start in the opener, has a sprained medial collateral ligament, but could see action Sunday against Seattle. The injury, however, no doubt will reduce the effectiveness of the team's fastest player.
   -- KR Kevin Kasper (back), has not been ruled out but he has not practiced and it does not look good for this weekend. The Cardinals can live without his receiving, but Kasper's real value is his 27-yard average on returns.
   -- KR Jason McAddley, the sixth WR, would run back kickoffs and would be elevated in the wideout rotation depending on who among Foster, Gilmore and Kasper does not suit up.
   -- G Leonard Davis (ankle) had a negative MRI and has resumed individual work on the practice field. He is expected to try to play on a sore ankle and with a huge wrap covering a fractured right hand. The injuries will reduce the effectiveness of the team's best offensive lineman and could impede the running of Emmitt Smith and Marcel Shipp.

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