One pressing concern that fans have for the Arizona Cardinals in training camp is the health of running back Beanie Wells. He had offseason knee surgery after being hurt most of the year, gaining 1047 yards basically on one leg. He is on the preseason PUP list, which opens up his roster spot until he is ready to come back.
He talked about the status of his recovery after practice on Wednesday in Flagstaff.
He said that the time it has taken to recover was not a surprise. "I knew what it was going to do from the beginning," he said. He did not take part in minicamp drills and cannot practice with the team now. He can, though work with the training staff.
When asked about a timetable, he said he did not know, saying "I'll be out there before you know it," but also said "here in the next few weeks or so."
In another comment, it sounds like he is targeting the last couple of weeks of the preseason.
"I don't want to go out there and put wear and tear in camp on it when it definitely doesn't matter," said Wells. "But I do need camp at the same time in the later half to get my legs underneath me and get ready for the season."
The media and fans seem to think that the fact that Ryan Williams is practicing will put more pressure on Beanie to get on the field, as it has been suggested by many. "Naw, I'm going to take my time," he said. "I don't think anyone wants to see a 75 percent Beanie Wells."
He is right. We want to see him at 100 percent. Since he threw the 75 percent number out there, he was asked if that was where he was at playing a season ago. "I don't know if I want to put a percentage on it, but somewhere around there," he said.
He isn't even concerned about Williams trying to take playing time away. "There's nothing wrong with it," he said when asked bout Williams. "It's what he's supposed to want. He's a talented running back and he's supposed to want to be out on the field just like me."
What was the surgery exactly? He was more coy about that. "I had a scope and we did some things in there," he answered. That cleared things right up for everyone. The one thing that was supposedly confirmed earlier in the offseason was that it was not microfracture surgery.
All this combined with the comments of Ryan Williams that say he knows that Beanie is coming back seem to indicate that, while we know very little about the situation, the team is very aware and has planned for this. It looks like he and the coaching staff are saving his legs in purpose, so that he can actually get through an entire season.
If we can get a 100 percent Beanie Wells, it will be fun. We saw a glimpse of that early in the season. Add that to a healthy Ryan Williams and the team could have a real running game.
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