GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As he does every day during training camp, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians addresses the media after the morning walk-through. Here's a recap of what Arians discussed:
Arians has been impressed enough with guard/center Ted Larsen during his stint as center while Lyle Sendlein is out that there is “a real good chance” Larsen may end up as the starter at left guard, Arians said.
The starters won’t play more than the first half Sunday night against Cincinnati.
Backup quarterback Drew Stanton will start the second half and then Arians will decide who plays after that. It’s presumed to be Logan Thomas' turn, since he played Week 1 and Ryan Lindley played Week 2, but Arians hasn't announced who’ll follow Stanton.
LG Jonathan Cooper (toe), LB Kevin Minter (pec), T Max Starks (ankle), CB Teddy Williams (groin), CB Justin Bethel (thigh), WR Michael Floyd (groin) and Sendlein (calf) won’t practice Monday afternoon, Arians said. But he expects everybody except Starks and possibly Minter to return Wednesday.
Arians said Starks may be out a week with an ankle injury he suffered Saturday in Minnesota.
The Cardinals committed 70 mental errors against the Vikings, Arians said, but only one was by the offensive starters.
Arians was unhappy with the play of the defensive line, which had a handful of mental errors in 10 plays. “It’s inexcusable,” Arians said.
Arians said the initial plan wasn’t to play recently acquired ILB Desmond Bishop on Saturday night, but after putting him through a grueling workout in the weight room and then through a series of running drills pregame on the field, Arians decided to play Bishop about “five or six” plays against the Vikings. Bishop ended up playing 15, and Arians was impressed with Bishop's ability to pick up the defense without having gone through a walk-through.
Earl Watford, who started in place of Cooper at left guard, was “up and down” on Saturday, Arians said. He “did some really good things and did some rookie things, too. Needs to be consistent,” Arians added.
Arians expects wide receiver Michael Floyd back Wednesday.
Arians said he’d rather John Abraham report to camp overweight than underweight. “It’s easier to get it off than put it on at his point in time,” Arians said.
RB Jonathan Dwyer is “exactly” the type of player Arians anticipated when the Cardinals signed Dwyer. “Jon can bounce it outside, he has deceptive speed for a big man.”