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Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:44 am | Updated: 3:44 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.


With Matt Leinart signing, it will be interesting to see how quickly he will be ready to play. That frustration shown by coach Dennis Green earlier Monday about Leinart missing camp wasn’t all about a rookie ignoring a big contract.

It also had to do with the knowledge Kurt Warner, as solid as he has played, probably won’t make it through a whole season unscathed. And as much as Green has pumped up John Navarre, it’s probable that the Cards think Leinart — both long-term and short-term — is the best option.


Jay McCariens

Ht.: 5-11; Wt.: 193; Pos.: FS

Age: 23

Role: Trying to make team in defensive backfield

How he got here: Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006 as a cornerback; moved to safety and looks like a long shot to make the team.

In the genes: Jay’s older brother Justin plays receiver for the New York Jets.


Short on the D-line:

The Cardinals are short at defensive end right now. Starter Chike Okeafor sat out Monday with a sore knee — it isn’t serious, coach Dennis Green said — and even though rookie A.J. Schabel was working after suffering a concussion in Saturday’s preseason opener, the Cards still used new linebacker Calvin Pace a lot at defensive end during Monday’s morning workout.

The team already is missing Kenny King, out with hand surgery, and Green acknowledged the Cards are looking to sign another end.

“Even with (Okeafor) we are light,” Green said. “Antonio Smith played a lot more than we wanted him to play (Saturday). He’s one of our main guys, and we didn’t want him out there at the end, but we had to.”

No surgery for Dansby:

The trip by linebacker Karlos Dansby to a specialist in Alabama Sunday gave him the partial answer he was looking for: that he will probably not need surgery on his problem left big toe. It was a major piece of good news, since surgery would likely keep Dansby out for the season.

But Dansby still isn’t close to returning to the field yet, a source with knowledge of the situation said. He still needs physical therapy to rehab his injuries. A timetable for Dansby to return to the practice field remains undecided.

“You get to this point where you have guys that aren’t able to help you,” Green said. “You have ‘x’ number of guys. You want the guys under contract to help you.”

No worries on the run:

Count quarterback Kurt Warner as the unconcerned about the slow start to the Cards’ run game against the Steelers in the preseason opener.

“I don’t read a whole lot into it,” Warner said. “No one is really gameplanning, we’re not attacking a certain way, and that was the strength of their defense.”

Warner said had it been the regular season, the Cards would have forced the Steelers to play the pass first to loosen things up for running back Edgerrin James. James was held to minus-two yards on two carries in a brief appearance.


The Cardinals will practice twice, at 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Chike Okeafor: DE sat out with a sore knee

Still out: FB James Hodgins (PUP-knee), DE Anton Palepoi (PUP-shoulder), LB Karlos Dansby (toe), RB Roger Robinson (toe), T Oliver Ross (knee surgery), DL Kenny King (hand surgery), G Rolando Cantu (knee).

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