Recapping Day 2 of Cardinals' minicamp

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals got one day closer to having a summer break after being on the field Wednesday.

Here's a recap of Day 2 of Arizona's minicamp:

• Head coach Bruce Arians thought Wednesday's practice was better than Tuesday's.

"I thought it'd really be tough to top yesterday's practice but I think that one did," Arians said. "It was a great, intense practice."

• The Cardinals ended practice about 20 minutes early, Arians said, after the team went through nearly 100 plays in about two hours.

• Linebacker John Abraham was on the field for a few minutes at the start of practice before heading to the locker room. Arians said Tuesday that Abraham was sick.

• Wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown, cornerback Teddy Williams and offensive lineman Tom Draheim missed practice Wednesday.

• Rookie wide receiver John Brown didn't have the best day of practice, missing a couple of passes but it was one of first bad days.

"He was a rookie today," Arians said. "He dropped a ball, the first one he dropped, and he fell down wide open. He got to be a rookie. I think he's reading his press clippings." Arians said it all with a laugh.

• Arians had strong praise for running back Robert Hughes, who's the leading candidate for Arizona's fourth running back position. Hughes can play running back, full back and even "small tight end," and the coach had good things to say about Hughes' pass-catching ability.

• Undrafted free agent Anthony Steen, listed as a guard/center, has returned to practice after missing most of organized team activities while recovering from shoulder surgery while at the University of Alabama. Arians said Steen is "way back there" in terms of being behind the other offensive linemen, but Steen hasn't been yelled at yet.

"He obviously has the learning curve that you want in an NFL offensive lineman," Arians said. "We'll see when you put the pads on."