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Arizona Cardinals training camp: Older vets get day off on Wednesday, LB Sharpton released

They older players got to be coaches for a day.

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In a move to let older bodies rest, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians gave some veteran players the day off of practice on Wednesday, as was reported by many after Arians met with the media.

Who did that include?

It was for veterans of 10+ years. Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, Dave Zastudil, Mike Leach, Cory Redding, Frostee Rucker and Lorenzo Alexander all sat out, although they were not to simply check out. Palmer told the media the vets had to be coaches and help. "You can't stand in the back, squirting each other with Gatorade," he said.

During practice, as one could imagine, the offense did not play as well. No Palmer and no Fitz, plus no Mike Iupati or Michael Floyd because of injuries meant they were down a lot of weapons.

Patrick Peterson had an interception in practice.

The Cardinals return to practice once more on Thursday and then will be off on Friday, as they then will play the San Diego Chargers at home Saturday night.

Sharpton released

The team announced Wednesday it released inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton, who joined the team in May. The announcement only had that information.

There was no other corresponding move announced.

Of course, with the release of an inside linebacker and no other move announced, speculation immediately began about how Daryl Washington could be ready to be reinstated and the team was simply making room for him.

While that is possible, since the situation has taken as long as it has and there is really no information out there, until that move actually is made, it is hard for me to think it will happen.

One thing for sure is once we know something about Washington's situation, readers and fans will be advised.