Cardinals backs running mostly on empty

Posted Nov. 12, 2010 @ 9:16 a.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

While the Cardinals’ quarterbacks have felt most of the heat in the desert this season, a strong case can be made for the team’s running backs becoming just as big a disappointment. With Kurt Warner having retired, the offense was expected to primarily revolve around a promising 1-2 punch courtesy of RBs Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower. But both Wells and Hightower have struggled more often than not, especially Wells, whom many team insiders expected to blossom into an elite back in his second season. But Wells’ surgically repaired knee, which forced him to miss the first two games and has drastically reduced his practice time, has become an undeniable liability. “At this stage of his career, with him being only 22 years old, (head coach Ken) Whisenhunt has made it clear that Wells needs all the practice he can get,” said one team insider. “And if he can’t practice, it looks like he’s just not going to play as much.”