Cardinals notebook: Dockett doubtful Sunday

BY foxsports • September 28, 2012

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said that defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (hamstring), running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hip) and tight end Todd Heap (PCL sprain) will all be game-time decisions for Sunday's game against Miami. None of the three practiced all week. Neither did tight end Jim Dray (knee). All are listed as doubtful, and defensive coordinator Ray Horton said he doesn’t think Dockett can play.

Cornerback Michael Adams (hamstring), safety Rashad Johnson (hamstring), safety James Sanders (calf), fullback Anthony Sherman (hamstring), quarterback John Skelton (ankle) and strong safety Adrian Wilson (ankle/groin) are listed as questionable. The Cards also re-signed fullback Reagan Maui’a as insurance.

Linebacker O'Brien Schofield (knee), right guard Adam Snyder (elbow) and punter Dave Zastudil (calf) are probable.  

For the Dolphins, right tackle Tony McDaniel (knee), receiver Marlon Moore (hamstring) and linebacker Austin Spitler (groin) are doubtful, while running back Reggie Bush (knee) and former Cards cornerback Richard Marshall (back) are questionable. Bush practiced with first team on Friday. Marshall did not.


If Bush is able to go Sunday (it sounds like he will), the Cardinals will be tasked with stopping the league’s fourth-ranked rushing offense. The Dolphins average 175.7 yards per game, and Bush ranks sixth in the NFL with 302 rushing yards and an eye-popping 6-yard average per carry.

“We haven’t seen this style of running team all season,” defensive tackle Nick Eason said. “They do a better job of staying on their blocks. It’s mostly downhill running. They’re not much of a zone team. You’re going back to your old-school, power team that’s going to try and run it down your throats.

“We have to be very disciplined in our gaps.”


Running Back Beanie Wells was at the Cards training facility after going on the injured reserve/designated for return list with severe turf toe earlier this week. Wells did not stop for media questions, but his absence will be keenly felt over the next few weeks, particularly if running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hip) is out for any length of time.

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