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Arizona Cardinals to use one field for mini-camp, expecting players to return

The mandatory workouts begin on Tuesday.


From Tuesday to Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals will hold their mandatory mini-camp for rookies and veterans. All players will have to be there, and the team is expecting to have a few players back who have been sitting out.

Veteran John Abraham will be there and work out. He chose not to participate in most of OTAs, although he was present for some of the early sessions.

But head coach Bruce Arians said after OTAs "we should get a few guys back that have missed." That could be a combination of players who opted to miss some of OTAs and some who were nursing injuries.

Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu will not be back yet, as they rehab knee injuries. Cornerback Teddy Williams is recovering from a torn Achilles. Perhaps he will be able to starting practicing.

But other guys have also missed practice time. Undrafted rookie Anthony Steen, an offensive lineman, might be able to practice. He has been recovering from a shoulder injury. According to his agent, his timetable for returning to practice is right around the start of mini-camp. He will have to be cleared for practice.

First round pick Deone Bucannon has been out with some turf toe. Linebacker Matt Shaughnessy spent OTAs on the exercise bikes. Undrafted running back Zach Bauman also has missed time. It appeared that Jay Feely and Larry Fitzgerald were both rehabbing what were probably mild injuries on Thursday. Defensive tackle Anthony McCloud has also missed some time.

For mini-camp, one thing will change. They will only practice on one field, according to Arians. They "have had a ton of reps" so they will go down to one field. I cannot recall if they did two fields for mini-camp last year or not. If they did, it would appear that the league or NFLPA put a kabosh on that.

I will  be at the open parts of mini-camp, so there will be more stories to come this week.