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2015 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals Red and White practice recap

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What was seen at the Red and White practice?

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Red and White practice is over. The fans have left the stadium and the players have all signed a bunch of autographs. What is left to do is share some observations. Here is what I saw while I was there.

Injuries:

Starting cornerback Jerraud Powers left with an undisclosed injury. He walked off on his own and didn't appear hurt, but he lest early in practice to the  locker room and did not return until it was time to sign autographs. Running back Kerwynn Williams came out with an injury to the groin area. It did not appear to be an injury to the actual groin, but an injury to the important "groin area." He later returned for the goalline drill.

Larry Fitzgerald did not see much practice time. He was limited on Friday after his foot was stepped on Bruce Arians does not want to aggravate it.

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was not on the field for roughly the last half of practice. I don't know if it was to simply give LaMarr Woodley reps in the base defense or if he hurt himself. I did see him earlier in the day with ice on his knee -- but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. he plays football.

Defense was stout:

The offense didn't do a whole lot. There were moments, but the defense look strong...or the offense is weak. At the goalline, the defense kept the offense out on five of six attempts. Kerwynn Williams was stopped for no gain on the first play, stopped for a loss on the second play by Kevin Minter and then managed to get in the end zone. Paul Lasike, running with the second team was stuffed all three times short of the goalline.

A new third WR, but Jaron Brown makes a play:

Guess what? Jaron Brown was not the team's WR3 in three-wide sets. He was WR4. Rookie J.J. Nelson was WR3. This is interesting. He was on the field with Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown.

Jaron, though, made a leaping deep pass from Carson Palmer that wowed the crowd.

John Brown scored at least two touchdowns in red zone drills.

Lyle Sendlein worked in slowly:

Sendlein did not do any work in 11-on-11 drills Saturday. A.Q. Shipley still was the first team center and Ted Larsen was the second team center. However, Sendlein was the center for all 7-on-7 drills, including the second and third teams.

Logan Thomas looked good running:

We didn't see any of Phillip Sims. Thomas ran a keeper play in the red zone and scored. In the third team scrimmage at the end, when he could be hit and tackled, he scrambled on one play, stiffarmed a linebacker and looked good. Unfortunately, on the other side of the field there was a holding penalty that negated the play.

Other rotations:

The first team safeties were Rashad Johnson and Deone Bucannon. Tyrann Mathieu and Tony Jefferson entered in dime sets, with Mathieu in the slot and Bucannon at linebacker.

Markus Golden got reps on both second and third teams. LaMarr Woodley got reps on the first team in place of Lorenzo Alexander, but as noted previously, it could have been because of injury.

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That's a wrap for me at camp. The preseason is next weekend and the Cardinals will play a real fake game against another team. We will have you covered.