FLAGSTAFF - Marcel Shipp’s season is likely over, done in by the gruesome left ankle injury suffered Friday night in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage.
Tests late Friday night revealed a fracture of the fibula.
That means the running back will need surgery to put pins in the bone, and while coach Dennis Green is holding onto the initial eight-to-12 week prognosis for recovery, chances are slim Shipp can return that quickly.
Fullback James Hodgins had a similar injury in college, and it was season-ending.
In the meantime, Green declined to say whether Josh Scobey or Damien Anderson is now the backup to Emmitt Smith.
"We don’t have to worry about that now," Green said. "We have guys that want to be good players . . . right now we will worry more about Marcel."
Green did say the Cardinals would not be signing any running backs.
Shipp, who turns 26 today, was still in Flagstaff on Saturday morning. Surgery had not yet been scheduled.
Anderson said he talked to Shipp briefly Friday night, and "he actually was in pretty good spirits, so I think he had some pretty good pain medication. He seemed positive on his recovery."
As for the battle between he and Scobey, "there is always competition," Anderson said. "That’s nothing new."
"The most important thing is to keep him in good spirits," Scobey said. "I had a seasonending injury my rookie year. Hopefully, this isn’t season-ending."
BEST DARN COACH
Former NFL defensive tackle D’Marco Farr can’t get enough of football, so he’s chosen to coach it.
Farr is serving an internship with the Cardinals helping out defensive line coach Deek Pollard, whom Farr played under with the Rams in the mid-1990s. It’s a change of course from his initial postfootball plans of television work, including a stint with the "Best Damn Sports Show Period."
"TV was something I always wanted to do," Farr said. "I saw myself as the next John Madden. Once you are in the business, though, you realize how competitive it is and how different it is from football. In football, if you produce, you keep doing it. In TV, it’s ‘You’re great, people like you, but we’re going to bring in another guy who we like better.’ "
Farr was on the coaching staff of NFL Europe champion Berlin, and finishes his internship with the Cards on Aug. 15, through the first preseason game.
"What would I like to happen?" Farr said. "I am becoming attached to these guys. You can’t help working with guys and not want to stick around and keep helping them get better. We’ll see."
Contrary to a couple of national reports, the Cardinals have no interest in former Dallas quarterback Quincy Carter, vice president of football operations Rod Graves said.
The highlight of Saturday’s twohand touch mock game was a 31-yard Hail Mary touchdown bomb from Shaun King to Anquan Boldin to end a quarter.
Receiver Bryan Gilmore was back after sitting out the previous few days with a sore knee.
Players are off until Monday morning’s practice.