Cardinals notes: Sowell to replace Brown at left tackle
OCT 02, 2013 6:19p ET
Sowell (6-7, 315 pounds) was signed originally by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi and eventually signed off their practice squad by the Indianapolis Colts. He played 10 games for the Colts in 2012, all in a backup role, where Arians coached last season.
Sowell played a total of 60 offensive snaps in the regular season and another 75 during the Colts' playoff game. He played right tackle and, for seven snaps in Week 12, left guard. The Cards picked him up off waivers after the Colts cut him at the end of the preseason.
"Obviously, I'm really comfortable with the offense. I was in it last year," Sowell said. "It's a big opportunity for me. I want to take advantage of it."
Sowell will get his first test against Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, an Ole Miss teammate for three years.
"I've been trying to text him," Sowell joked. "I said '(let me) keep my job for at least one week.'"
SAME RB ROTATION
Despite expressing displeasure with Rashard Mendenhall's mental mistakes on Sunday, coach Bruce Arians said the running back rotation will remain the same, with Andre Ellington serving as Mendenhall's primary backup.
"He's not making too many mental errors other than the two that he had in that ballgame, which were totally unusual for him," Arians said. "We need to keep him running the way he was two weeks ago. The only way to do that is practice full speed."
Cornerback Patrick Peterson was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting two passes in Sunday's 13-10 win in Tampa. This is the first Defensive Player of the Week selection for Peterson and just the second in team history ( Calais Campbell).
Peterson was previously selected as special teams player of the week twice as a rookie punt returner in 2011 after Week 9 and Week 12.
Linebacker Jasper Brinkley (groin), guard Daryn Colledge (shin) and free safety Rashad Johnson (finger) did not practice on Wednesday. Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (groin), linebacker Kevin Minter (hammie) and defensive end Ronald Talley (wrist) were limited. Arians said he expects Minter to play Sunday but is still iffy on Johnson.
The Cards also placed linebacker Vic So'oto (chest) on injured reserve and signed linebacker signed linebacker Marcus Benard.
Benard (6-2, 260) played in 25 games (two starts) in three seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2009-2011) and had 11.5 sacks, 39 tackles (25 solo), and six special teams tackles. He entered the league with Cleveland in 2009 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Jackson State, played in six games as a rookie and had 3.5 sacks. His best season was in 2010 when played in 15 games (two starts) and led the Browns with 7.5 sacks.
He spent the preseason with the New England Patriots, but was released in the team’s final roster cut on Aug. 30.
SMITH HOLDS COURT
Panthers veteran receiver Steve Smith kept local media entertained during Wednesday's conference call.
On Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson losing a fingertip in New Orleans: "You put him and Ronnie Lott (lost his finger while working on a car engine) in the same room and let them talk about it. I don't want to see any pictures, don't show me the war room. I'm good. I lose one of my fingers, whew, early, forced retirement."
On if he still plays with an edge: "We're not out there exchanging cookie recipes."
On what has caused him to become less selfish over his career: "I've been playing for so long that I have to enjoy this thing. I don't want to be the disgruntled employee -- the guy who worked for a company or organization for so many years but he was such an unpleasant person to be around; the sky is falling, he's never happy with anything.
"As I look back, yeah there are some things that are missing that I would like to have, but there are a lot of good things that I've experienced."
HIT, WRAP AND ROLL
Panthers coach Ron Rivera is impressed with the tackling ability of Carolina's second-year middle linebacker, Luke Kuechly, even calling his skills a lost art.
"I think right now a lot of guys are just trying to bump people off their feet, and that's why you see so many missed tackles and so many guys with yards after contact," Rivera said. "To me, it’s important that you learn to hit, wrap and roll."
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