Cornerback Antrel Rolle had most of his rookie season wiped out by a knee injury, but he has shown no signs of hesitancy during the Cardinals’ first three preseason games.
Rolle is coming off his best game of the preseason in the team’s win over the Bears. He recorded five solo tackles and made up for a questionable pass interference call with an interception of quarterback Rex Grossman.
“I knew I would be OK,” he said. “I tested my knee some before I was able to get back on the field. When I went back out there I was full go.”
It was Rolle’s physical nature that led the Cardinals to draft him with the eighth overall pick in the 2005 draft. His five tackles against the Bears and four solo stops a week earlier against the Patriots indicated he has lost none of his tenacity.
“He’s been competing pretty well,” Cardinals coach Dennis Green said. “He feels good. The legs are in good shape. So I think he’s back.”
Third-string quarterback John Navarre is expected to see his first game action in two weeks when he enters the team’s final preseason game against the Broncos in the fourth quarter Thursday.
Kurt Warner will start the game and rookie backup Matt Leinart will play the second and third quarters.
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Wide receiver LeRon McCoy returned to the Cardinals’ training facility Tuesday and said he was likely to miss six to eight weeks while the tendons in his right thumb heal.
He had surgery on the thumb last Wednesday after playing with the injury throughout most of training camp because he didn’t know the injury had occurred.
“I was misdiagnosed in Flagstaff,” McCoy said. “I knew something was wrong because I couldn’t squeeze the ball to save my life. But I am happy we got it done.
“I will be back in Week 4 or 5. There will be lot of season left.”
Green said as other teams trim their rosters over the next week, the Cardinals would be on the lookout for players that can improve their roster. Rosters must be trimmed to 53 players this weekend.
“We’ll always look,” he said. “We’ve been one of the few teams that tries to trade players and we also try to claim players, too. Our players know they’re always in competition with other players around the league who get released or become available.”
Offensive guard Elton Brown sat out Tuesday’s practice after injuring his left ankle. The extent of the injury was not immediately known following practice and he was scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging examination in the afternoon.
Linebacker Lance Mitchell (ankle) and defensive end Bertrand Berry (knee) also missed practice.
Green said he has been pleased with the play of fullback James Hodgins, who had been on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury until last week. The praise could be an indication Hodgins will earn a spot on the team’s final 53-man roster.