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Monday, January 19, 2009
Boldin: 'I'm committed to this team'

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Anquan Boldin story appears likely to become a non-story after the Cardinals' receiver said on ESPN's NFL Live that he had no trouble with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt already downplayed Boldin's sideline spat with Haley. I have seen no evidence suggesting this will be a relevant story line heading into Super Bowl XLIII.

Boldin on what led to the spat: "I was not given any explanation why I was taken out. Like any competitor I wanted to know why."

Boldin on whether he has a problem with Haley: "Not a problem at all. I'm committed to this team ... one goal in mind ... to win the Super Bowl. That's why I came back early from the facial injury. You don't get this opportunity all the time."

Boldin on leaving the field early: "I didn't leave through a back door. I tried to get in and out as quickly as possible to beat the media. I didn't want the story line to be me and Todd getting into it."

Avoiding reporters probably worked against Boldin in this case. The situation did become a story line, albeit a short-lived one. Expect the Super Bowl media blitz to keep asking about the situation, but don't expect the situation to affect the Cardinals.