NFL Nation: Nehemiah Broughton

NFC West: Injury situations that matter

September, 15, 2010
Arizona: The Cardinals are depleted at receiver with Early Doucet potentially having a sports hernia. The Week 1 success Arizona enjoyed with four-receiver personnel minus Doucet was misleading because the Rams were without their third and fourth corners. Future opponents won't have such limitations. The Cardinals could use more from rookie receiver Andre Roberts, who suffered a shoulder injury during preseason and was inactive for the opener. The options on offense are already limited to a degree by the injury that sent fullback Nehemiah Broughton onto injured reserve. I'm expecting the Cardinals to use two tight ends more frequently. Beanie Wells has had success running with one back and two tight ends, but a bruised knee could keep Wells from playing again this week. I wouldn't bank on him getting extensive carries unless he practices fully Thursday and Friday.

St. Louis: The Rams lack sufficient depth to weather injuries and they're hurting pretty badly for having played only one game. Chris Chamberlain's absence with a toe injury hurts the special-teams units. Expect quarterback Sam Bradford to continue feeding the ball to Mark Clayton now that two other potential targets -- tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and receiver Laurent Robinson -- are hurting. Hoomanawanui will not play. Robinson missed practice Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury Sunday. The Rams are hurting in the secondary, threatening their ability to defend three or more wide receivers at a time. That could affect their blitzing. It's not good for the Rams to see running back Steven Jackson on the injury report this early in the season. Jackson's knee swelled after the game Sunday and he did not practice Wednesday, though MRI results were normal. He's played through injuries in the past, but he was sometimes less effective.

San Francisco: Dominique Zeigler becomes the 49ers' third receiver now that Ted Ginn Jr. will miss time with a sprained knee. San Francisco hasn't been much of a three-receiver team outside two-minute situations and third down (by two-minute situations, I'm also talking about times when the 49ers are in catchup mode). Ginn had fared well enough during camp to make me think the 49ers might use those three-receiving groupings on early downs and early in games, but that did not happen against the Seahawks and it's probably not going to suddenly start happening now. Zeigler has shown good hands. He's known for running precise routes. He has taken advantage of opportunities recently. Right guard Chilo Rachal (stinger) and outside linebacker Manny Lawson (ribs) were hurting Sunday. The 49ers still have pretty good depth on their offensive line, but losing Lawson or having him at diminished capacity would hurt the defense.

Seattle: Another week, another new starting offensive lineman. Losing right guard Max Unger to a season-ending toe injury shouldn't hurt the Seahawks too much because his replacement, veteran Stacy Andrews, has experience. Andrews is best suited at right tackle and that's where he might end up eventually, but the team needs him at guard for now and that is where Andrews will play Sunday. It's not like the running game is suddenly going to lose momentum. Seattle hasn't gotten much push to this point. Perhaps Andrews can help in that area. Tyler Polumbus remains the starting left tackle while Russell Okung recovers from an ankle injury. Okung has been running on a treadmill without putting all his weight on the ankle, but the joint isn't strong enough for him to play.

McAllister inactive for Saints

January, 16, 2010
NEW ORLEANS – As expected, running back Deuce McAllister will not be active for today’s game against Arizona.

McAllister was signed yesterday after sitting out all season. He’s expected to lead the Saints onto the field as a ceremonial gesture. Defensive back Chris Reis, linebacker Anthony Waters, guard Jamar Nesbit, tight end Darnell Dinkins, tight end Tory Humphrey and defensive end Paul Spicer also are inactive to the Saints. Chase Daniel is the third quarterback.

Arizona’s inactives are quarterback Brian St. Pierre, fullback Nehemiah Broughton, safety Rashad Johnson, linebacker Gerald Hayes, offensive lineman Herman Johnson, defensive end Jeremy Clark, receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Stephen Spach.

Boldin, Hayes inactive as expected

January, 16, 2010
NEW ORLEANS -- Arizona and New Orleans were announcing their inactive players while I was making my way into the pressbox following an adventurous walk to the Superdome through throngs of chanting Saints fans.

Receiver Anquan Boldin, linebacker Gerald Hayes, fullback Nehemiah Broughton, safety Rashad Johnson, tackle Herman Johnson, defensive end Jeremy Clark and tight end Stephen Spach are inactive for the Cardinals. Brian St. Pierre is the third quarterback. If he plays, starter Kurt Warner and backup Matt Leinart cannot enter the game.

Inactive for the Saints: running back Deuce McAllister, safety Chris Reis, linebacker Anthony Waters, guard Jamar Nesbit, tight end Darnell Dinkins, tight end Tory Humphrey and defensive end Paul Spicer. Chase Daniel is the third quarterback.

The pressbox announcer just referred to Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt as "Ken Wizenhunt" -- another indication which team is the visitor for this divisional-round game.

Cardinals list Boldin among inactives

January, 10, 2010
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals will be without receiver Anquan Boldin when they face the Packers in the wild-card round Sunday.

Boldin's name appeared on the team's list of inactive players, submitted 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

Also inactive for Arizona: Nehemiah Broughton, Rashad Johnson, Reggie Walker, Herman Johnson, Jeremy Clark and Stephen Spach. Brian St. Pierre is the third quarterback.

Receivers Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, Early Doucet, Jerheme Urban and Sean Morey are active for the Cardinals.

The ankle and knee injuries Boldin suffered in Week 17 limited him too much for the Cardinals to leave open a spot on their 45-man roster.