Sunday, November 21, 2010
Cards get Dockett back, but offense limited
By Mike Sando
Darnell Dockett's injured shoulder prevented him from playing for the Arizona Cardinals against Seattle in Week 10.
The Pro Bowl defensive lineman is active against the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Cardinals will be without defensive starters Clark Haggans (groin) and Greg Toler (foot). Arizona lacks depth at linebacker. Haggans seemed to be playing well when healthy.
Injuries have affected Arizona more this season than in recent seasons.
Running backs LaRod Stephens-Howling (hamstring) and Jason Wright (concussion) are inactive against the Chiefs. Playing without them will limit which personnel groups the Cardinals use against Kansas City.
Stephens-Howling, beyond providing a game-breaking threat as a kickoff returner, had become a threat on offense, particularly from the team's 20 personnel group (two backs, no tight ends). Quarterback Derek Anderson has averaged 12.7 yards per attempt from that grouping on first down, according to my charting. He has completed 8 of 10 passes for 72 yards and a 96.7 rating from that grouping on second down.
Stephens-Howling and Wright often play together within that pass-oriented grouping.