Cardinals starting fullback inactive

December, 14, 2008
12/14/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals have named Terrelle Smith among their inactive players after the fullback missed practices while tending to a death in the family.

With Smith inactive, the Cardinals left active three of their four tight ends. Stephen Spach, Ben Patrick and Leonard Pope are active. Jerame Tuman is inactive.

The Cardinals generally do not use a tight end in the backfield as a fullback. Tim Castille becomes their primary fullback.

Arizona already appeared likely to favor three- and four-receiver personnel groupings against the Vikings. That's what the Cardinals use against most opponents, and the strategy would seem logical against the Vikings' strong run defense. Take away the starting fullback and all signs point to the Cardinals sticking with their pass-happy ways.

I will be interested in seeing whether the Cardinals attempt to run the ball from passing formations and personnel groups.

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