Beanie Wells Injury Update, Surgery Not Needed, Timetable For Return Uncertain

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23: Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball up field against the Pittsburgh Steelers at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Beanie Wells had to leave the game with a knee injury during the second quarter of the Cardinals loss to the Steelers. The news on his injury is better than what was feared, but it is unknown when he will be back.

The injury was after a hit he took to the knee that caused some swelling. Coach Whisenhunt said during his morning press conference that the knee locked up on him, and at one point they thought that he would be done for the year. The fact that surgery is not necessary is great news.

Coach Whisenhunt also did not provide details on the injury, but a report on NFL.com said he could miss two weeks with a bone bruise. Whiz did deny that a bone bruise was the injury though.

If Beanie misses next Sundays game in Baltimore, Alfonso Smith will get the start, but he would also rotate with LaRod Stephens-Howling and Chester Taylor in a backfield by committee that looks more like what was done during the previous two seasons with Beanie and Tim Hightower.

On the season, Beanie has played well, running for 423 yards and 6 scores on 91 carries in the five games that he has played so far. Hopefully this injury won't be a setback on what has been a breakout season for Beanie.

On an unrelated note, former Cardinal Tim Hightower is also out for the season with a torn ACL. It is unfortunate that Beanie and Tim both were injured in the same week, and hopefully both of them will recover fully as soon as possible.

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