FLAGSTAFF AZ - AUGUST 02: Runningback Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals practices in the team training camp at Northern Arizona University Walkup Skydome on August 2 2010 in Flagstaff Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals were lacking on the running back depth chart last season. After second round draft pick Ryan Williams went down with a torn patella tendon in the preseason, the team was left with only one solid option on the roster. Beanie Wells was forced to carry the load all year long for the Cards, despite sustaining a knee injury himself.
Once the season ended, Beanie was forced to go under the knife. He had an arthroscopic knee surgery back in January and according to a report from Darren Urban, his return by the time organized team activities begin is in question.
Via Darren Urban:
He said he doesn't know his timetable for his return to the field. Wells has been at the facility, and on days where the veterans have gone out as an offense to work on passing routes, Wells has joined them outside even though he can't take part. His ability to take part in organized team activities and/or minicamp is to be announced.
While both Beanie and Ryan Williams continue to nurse their wounds, the team will likely go through OTAs with the players already on the roster and newly signed running back, Javarris James.
It would be unwise of the Cardinals to force both Williams and Wells to come back at this juncture. Yes, OTAs do help, but health is far more important. If they can both be ready by the time training camp rolls around, that will benefit them more anyhow.
Wells seemed to share those sentiments with Urban:
"I am hopeful, but it's offseason stuff," Wells said. "Being ready for training camp is the most important thing."
We couldn't agree more, Beanie.