Sunday, September 25, 2011
With Wells out, two Cards halfbacks active
By MIke Sando
SEATTLE -- It's looking like the Arizona Cardinals' offense will run through quarterback Kevin Kolb to an even greater degree in Week 3.
Running back Beanie Wells, who suffered a hamstring injury in practice Friday, is among the Cardinals players named inactive against Seattle. Receiver Chansi Stuckey, quarterback John Skelton, running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, tackle D'Anthony Batiste, tight end Jim Dray and defensive end Ronald Talley are also inactive.
Chester Taylor will start in Wells' place. Stephens-Howling, slowed by a hand injury, could have helped in a situational role if active, but he does not project as an every-down runner.
Taylor and Alfonso Smith are the only halfbacks active for the Cardinals. Fullback Anthony Sherman is also active.
The Cardinals' depth at running back was already thin even when Wells was available. I did not expect the Cardinals' ground game to gain significant traction against Seattle's run defense in this game. Those expectations are firmer now.