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Monday, August 2, 2010
Cardinals LB: 'We're going to be fine'

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Checking out the Arizona Cardinals' linebackers was a top priority heading into the team's morning practice Monday.

It remains a priority heading into the afternoon practice, largely because the team did not work in full pads during the early session. It's tough to get much from watching linebackers run around without hitting something.

The position is in transition for Arizona. That's probably a good thing at outside linebacker, where the Cardinals have a mix of established veterans (Joey Porter, Clark Haggans) and promising young talent (Cody Brown, Will Davis).

The situation at inside linebacker appears tenuous while Gerald Hayes recovers from back surgery. Rookie second-round choice Daryl Washington should get a chance to play extensively early in the season. The Cardinals tried to sign Keith Bulluck, who signed with the New York Giants instead. They submitted a waiver claim for Alex Hall, but the Giants' claim prevailed based on their inferior record last season. Arizona could be a candidate to sign a linebacker after teams release players to comply with roster limits.

"We're going to be fine," predicted inside linebacker Paris Lenon, who signed with Arizona after spending last season in St. Louis.

Coming shortly: Ken Whisenhunt and Matt Leinart are scheduled to appear for interviews between practices. Much more from Cardinals camp as the day progresses, particularly after the team works in pads later Monday.