The Arizona Cardinals finished up their week of practice as they prepare for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and little by little they are getting healthier. Likewise, the 49ers do not have too many guys that are injured more than just the aches and pains of having played three quarters of a season of football. However, they do have a couple of starters that are hurt.
For the Cardinals, the team is optimistic that Todd Heap is completely ready to go after being hampered for several weeks with a hamstring injury. He fully practiced on Friday and is listed officially as questionable, although all indications have him able to be without restrictions on Sunday.
As for the rest of the Cardinals injury report, no one missed practice on Friday.
Along with Heap, the only other two players listed as questionable are Kerry Rhodes and Joey Porter. Rhodes describes himself as "very close" to being able to return to action. Porter appears to be able to play, as he fully practiced. However, with the emergence of Sam Acho, he will not be starting and it is not certain that he will even be active for the game.
The rest of the players on the injury report are listed as probable for the game. That includes RB Beanie Wells, CB Michael Adams, S Sean Considine, DT Darnell Dockett and P Dave Zastudil. It does not look like any will have to miss time.
As a not to Zastudil's injury, it is his biceps. The team brought in a couple of punters to work out (Ben Graham is off the board as he signed with the Lions) in case Zasty couldn't play. The biceps injury occurred in the fourth quarter of the Dallas game when he tried to tackle Dez Bryant.
On the San Francisco side, they only have four players on their injury report, but the biggest name is LB Patrick Willis. He did not practice all week and is listed as questionable. It is hard to imagine that he would play after not practicing at all. Also questionable on the report is CB Carlos Rogers (limited in practice), CB Tarell Brown (limited) and WR Braylon Edwards (limited).
Aside from Willis, all indications are that the rest of these players likely can play on Sunday.
Can the Cards capitalize if Willis does not play? San Fran was unable to when they played the Ravens without Ray Lewis. We will soon find out on Sunday afternoon.