Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Cardinals: Injury situations that matter
By Mike Sando
Arizona: Receiver Anquan Boldin (ankle), cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (knee) and safety Antrel Rolle (thigh) missed practice Wednesday. Defensive end Calais Campbell (thumb), tight end Ben Patrick (concussion) and right guard Deuce Lutui (back) were limited. Rodgers-Cromartie suggested he might not play if he cannot practice Thursday. Young players sometimes react to injuries more dramatically than veterans who have suffered them before. Rodgers-Cromartie (bruised knee) and Seattle's Aaron Curry (hip pointer) both left games on carts this season after suffering painful -- but not structurally significant -- injuries. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt downplayed Rodgers-Cromartie's injury early in the week, saying he expected the Pro Bowl corner to "progress rapidly" this week. Perhaps there was a self-fulling aspect of the proclamation. Either way, the Cardinals need their best cornerback against the Packers' excellent passing game. Campbell expects to play with a cast on his surgically repaired thumb. He should be able to function. Boldin's status probably will not be known until late in the week or on game day.