Just when it seemed that the Arizona Cardinals were getting healthy, some minor injuries have started to creep up on the team as they get ready for the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday. We have known about Beanie Wells and his hamstring. He was limited in practice for most of the week, but we know that he should be fine for Sunday. We can say that with confidence because Beanie, with the same hammy issues, carried the ball a career-high 27 times.
Going into Sunday's game, it appears that there are really two key injuries. The first is tight end Todd Heap's hamstring. According to Ken Whisenhunt, Heap will be a gameday decision as to whether he plays or not. What that means is that, if Heap cannot go, rookie Robert Housler will get a lot of looks. Jeff King would start, but Housler, who looked really good in the preseason, would get on the field a lot.
The other injury of note is to punter Dave Zastudil (knee). It became a big enough concern that the team brought back Ben Graham to play in case "Z" cannot. Heap, "Z" and Jim Dray (pectoral muscle)did not practice.
There were a slew of other small injuries -- A.J. Jefferson (hand), Lyle Sendlein (elbow) that do not look like they will affect playing time. Starting RT Brandon Keith practiced fully the past two days, but it is not a sure thing whether he would return as a starter. Whisenhunt made it seem like the door is open to play Jeremy Bridges, who has been fairly solid in pass protection.
Cornerback Michael Adams, who was limited on Wednesday, practiced fully on Thursday. The health of the cornerbacks is now important because they are only carrying four on the roster after Graham was brought back. Korey Lindsey is still with the team but is on the practice squad.
The other players who were limited were OLB Joey Porter (knee) and WR Chansi Stuckey (hamstring). Porter I think has been limited in practice since the start of the season. It appears to be more of a strategy to keep him fresh for games. After playing in 99 percent of the defensive snaps a year ago, he is not out on the field every play now.
Early Doucet was limited on Wednesday because of a hamstring but practiced fully on Thursday.
Obviously, everyone is sore this time of year, but thus far since the regular season began, the Cardinals have been in decent shape health-wise. Let's hope it stays that way.