The Arizona Cardinals held a closed practice on the fields outside University of Phoenix Stadium on Tuesday morning.
They are quickly approaching their first game of the 2018 preseason and with that comes important daily information to help get us ready.
Here are three such notes from today's practice.
1. Robert Nkemdiche, Olsen Pierre and Chad Williams take a day off
Nkemdiche, Pierre, Chad Williams join Deone Bucannon among those working on the side at practice. #CardsCamp— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 7, 2018
The Diche and Pierre have been part of an incredibly brutal offensive versus defensive line camp. We’ve seen a number of days off for players from these groups and it was the young guns turn.
A bit more concerning was the presence of Williams, who, according to Steve Wilks said is dealing with some tendinitis in his knee.
Wilks said Nkemdiche and Pierre sat out today more as a rest day after multiple physical practices so they can be ready for Saturday. Williams has some tendinitis in the knee. #CardsCamp— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 7, 2018
2. Sam Bradford was back at practice, but may not play in preseason game one
Another outside practice at #CardsCamp. Toasty already. pic.twitter.com/Vh21hIOXlh— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 7, 2018
The Arizona Cardinals are going to be smart about the work for Bradford this preseason. He is an experienced starter in the NFL with paper mache for a knee. There’s no reason to expose him much during the preseason, especially early.
However, Bradford knows the importance of getting some live action:
QB Sam Bradford doesn’t know yet how much he will play in the preseason but he does think playing is “beneficial.” How much is good? “I don’t think there is a magic formula.” #CardsCamp— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) August 7, 2018
#CardsCamp QB Sam Bradford On his thoughts playing in preseason? pic.twitter.com/TEjZ38ijDz— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) August 7, 2018
3. Don't expect much of David Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald in the preseason
#CardsCamp Wilks hasn’t decided the playing time vs. Chargers. He would like get Bradford/Rosen reps. Some players won’t play a lot in the preseason Fitzgerald, David Johnson, and few others. pic.twitter.com/w8bMb5mmVo— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) August 7, 2018
The Cardinals know they need some work, but they also know that they are reliant on the offensive duo to carry a heavy burden in 2018. Along with Patrick Peterson, Deone Bucannon and Chandler Jones, the Cardinals know what they have in these players and don’t need to see much from them in August.
That’s it from Cards Camp today.