Anthony Sherman, Reggie Walker expected to play against 49ers on Monday

Adam Bettcher

The Cardinals should get two of their best special teams players back in time for Monday Night Football.

According to a report from Fox Sports Arizona, both Anthony Sherman and Reggie Walker, two of the team's better special teams players, are expected to play against the San Francisco 49ers. Both had been absent for the past two games with injuries.

Sherman is dealing with a knee problem, but he had this to say to reporters:

"We progressed well enough at practice today and hopefully the rest of the week will go well," Sherman said. "We'll see how the swelling looks (Thursday)."

As for Walker, the effects of his prior concussion must be wearing off by now, as he should play too, according to coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Whisenhunt noted the impact of their absence, stating that not only does he have to take players from other areas to fill their roles, but the talent level on special teams diminishes. That is especially the case given that both of them are captains.

Having Sherman back will also improve the offense and running game tremendously. He is a better pass catcher, pass blocker and of course, run blocker than Reagan Maui'a.

With the addition of Walker back into the lineup, expect him to return to his nickel situations, which should allow Paris Lenon to see less snaps and probably keep Stewart Bradley off the field.

Once the team releases their first injury report of the week tomorrow, we will know more.

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