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RB, Beanie Wells Limited in Practice with Knee Swelling

Beanie Wells' health has once again become an issue for the Cardinals, which is becoming a familiar story this season

UPDATE on Beanie Wells’ knee:

According to the Cardinals’ official website, the swelling in Wells’ surgically repaired right knee was caused by an injected lubricant called Orthovisc, which was included in scheduled treatment that Wells received on Monday (11/1).

Darren Urban reports that “the procedure isn’t uncommon.  Steve Breaston has used it.  Whisenhunt himself has used to to ease knee discomfort.  It’s just that Wells’ knee reacted badly.  He plans to practice Friday.  Whisenhunt said Wells definitely needs some work Friday in order to play Sunday.”

Wells commented on his knee by saying that “you want to go out and play full speed, not when your knee swells up and I can barely bend my knee.”

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It’s reported that Beanie Wells has swelling in his right knee following the Cardinals’ Week 8 loss to the Buccaneers.  It’s the same knee that was surgically repaired due to a torn meniscus.  Wells was limited in practice yesterday (11/3), but Ken Whisenhunt stated “I don’t anticipate it being an issue.”  Wells has not commented on his status, yet.  During last week’s game, Wells also injured his back when he was cut down trying to hurdle a defender.  Wells’ back isn’t an issue at all, according to Whisenhunt.

If Wells can’t go this week, it’s presumed that Tim Hightower would reclaim his starting position until Beanie is able to play.  It would be nice to see LaRod Stephens-Howling step into Beanie’s role, but Hyphen is most likely too small to be an every down kind of back.  In fact, Stephens-Howling is banged up as well after he was hit hard by Bucs linebacker Geno Hayes in the waning minutes of last week’s contest.   Expect, therefore, a mix of Hightower and Stephens-Howling.  All this should be conjecture if we believe Whisenhunt’s evaluation of Wells, though.  We’ll have to see how this story develops as the week progresses.

Even if Wells is healthy, it appears that Ken Whisenhunt is eager to get Hightower more involved in the offense anyway.  The former starting running back saw the field only twice last week, recording one carry for zero yards and one reception for 11 yards.  Commenting on Hightower’s lack of playing time, Whisenhunt remarked that it’s “unfortunate, [but] that’s the way it played out [in that game].  At the end of the day, we have to have Tim get more reps in the course of a game.”  Clearly, Whisenhunt would have us believe that it wasn’t his intention to limit Hightower’s touches so drastically.  It stands to reason, therefore, that Hightower should see more action against Minnesota this week.

Hightower, though disappointed, remained professional regarding his demotion and lack of playing time.

It was frustrating, but I don’t think it was something that caught me completely off-guard.  With the situation and me fumbling, we are trying to stress ball security… I was in the holding (pen), whatever you call it.  Not to make light of it.  I don’t want to make it sound like a joke because it’s not and I don’t take it as a joke.  I take it very serious…I’m not complaining by any stretch of the imagination, but from a player’s perspective and a competitive standpoint, you want to be in there contributing as much as possible.”

It really is an unfortunate situation for Hightower and the Cardinals because Tim has produced when he’s been able to hang onto the ball.  Hopefully Hightower doesn’t betray his coach’s and his team’s trust in him if he sees more action in the weeks to come.


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