Abraham still not at camp with court date looming
Aug 11, 2014 at 4:55p ET
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cardinals outside linebacker John Abraham still has not reported to training camp. When asked on Monday if he still expects Abraham to arrive this week, as was stated last week, coach Bruce Arians said: "We're hoping."
Abraham was arrested and charged with multiple counts including DUI on June 29 in suburban Atlanta. Abraham is free on bond, but according to the Brookhaven, Georgia court clerk, he has a scheduled court date on Aug. 20. It's unclear whether that appearance will impact his arrival at camp -- and how much this long layoff (Abraham sat out OTAs as well) will impact his play.
"He was in great shape when he showed up (at OTAs) and I would think he would come back in just as good of shape," Arians said. "Knocking that rust off and getting up to playing speed in a lot of the new stuff in defense that we have right now, he hasn't been exposed to, so there will be a learning curve, but he will hopefully have over 20 days to be ready."
For the first time since Arians became coach, the Cardinals had a training camp fight on Monday. Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell rolled on the ground for a bit before Dockett yanked Sowell's helmet off and tossed it.
When the scuffle was over, both players were ordered to run (it was more like jogging and walking after the first couple) laps around the field.
"It's been a long time," Sowell said of the last time he ran laps as punishment. "Dating back to probably middle school. Somewhere in there."
Unlike some old-school coaches, Arians is not a fan of camp fights, reasoning that the only thing that can come from them is injuries.
"We were coming off a big win where obviously as a team we looked good and the message today was don't be complacent," Sowell said. "Me and Dockett had the same mindset, neither one of us were going to (be complacent).
"It happened the way it happened. It was 'We're still teammates, let's finish up this running and get by it.' We both have played a little bit of football in the league. We both know how it is. Neither one of us want to lose."
MORE CAMEOS FOR THE STARTERS?
Arians said Monday he may buck the trend and not play his starters as much as is the tradition in the team's second preseason game Saturday at Minnesota.
He mentioned running back Andre Ellington specifically (because he was asked specifically about Ellington), noting Ellington could see a little more time this weekend than his two touches against the Texans, but "Andre is not going to see a whole lot of action this preseason" in an effort to keep him healthy for the regular season and to keep the offensive plans for him under wraps.
Here's a look at the offensive and defensive snap counts from Saturday's preseason opener, per the NFL's media site.
Offensive line: Max Starks 54, Bradley Sowell 42, John Estes 42, Jonathan Cooper 40, Ted Larsen 40, Philip Blake 40, Earl Watford 30, Nate Potter 30, Tom Draheim 26, Anthony Steen 18, Kelvin Palmer 18, Bobby Massie 10, Paul Fanaika 10, Jared Veldheer 10.
Linebackers: Alex Okafor 33, Marcus Benard 28, Kenny Demens 23, Glenn Carson 13, John Brown 13, Lorenzo Alexander 12, Orhian Johnson 10, Adrian Tracy 6, Derrell Johnson 6, Larry Foote 6, Matt Shaughnessy 5, Kevin Minter 5, Sam Acho 4, JoJo Dickson 3, Keenan Clayton 3.
Defensive backs: Justin Bethel 29, Bryan McCann 29, Anthony Walters 26, Deone Bucannon 24, Curtis Taylor 23, Eddie Whitley 14, Brandon Sermons 10, Jimmy Legree 6, Tony Jefferson 6, Rashad Johnson 6, Antonio Cromartie 6, Patrick Peterson 6, Jerraud Powers 3.
Left guard Jonathan Cooper sustained a toe injury in Saturday's game when Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor rolled up on the back of Cooper's leg on the second drive of Saturday's preseason opener against Houston. Cooper got back up and played for an additional 21 plays.
Arians said after the game he thought Cooper might have turf toe, but on Monday morning he termed him day to day. Cooper was wearing a walking boot on Monday.
Tackle Max Starks (ankle), guard Anthony Steen (neck), tackle Nate Potter (back) and linebacker Kevin Minter (pectoral) also missed practice on Monday and are listed as day to day.
Lyle Sendlein (calf) will miss the Vikings game as expected, but the Cardinals hope to have him back for the third preseason game at home against the Bengals. WRs Ted Ginn (knee) and Michael Floyd (groin) may miss this weekend's game as well, but are expected back next week.
-- Arians wasn't concerned with the Cardinals' low rushing average (2.2 yards), noting they had three kneel-downs and some mental errors by young players.
-- Arians on tight end John Carlson's TD over 2014 top pick Jadeveon Clowney, which was called back. "It wasn't even a fair fight. It's the first time he (Clowney) ever dropped (in coverage), probably."
-- Arians on tight end Troy Niklas' first pro game: "His motor ran a little hotter in the game than it has been in practice. That's been his biggest problem so far is just getting going."
-- Larry Fitzgerald was asked if he was pleased the Cardinals were able to do so much on Saturday out of base sets against the Texans. "They were in base sets, too," he said smiling. When it was noted that at least the results were good, Fitzgerald barely took the bait. "It's preseason. It's very vanilla, honestly, but it was a good starting point for us."