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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 11:26 pm | Updated: 8:40 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Let the hard work begin.

The Cardinals open training camp when players report to Flagstaff for a team meeting Wednesday, then a conditioning test Thursday.

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Practices, which are free and open to the public, start Friday.

The first question should be answered Wednesday as players report to camp. Receiver Anquan Boldin and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, both of whom want new contracts, bypassed the team’s voluntary workouts during the offseason. But both are expected to arrive on time Wednesday.

Other points of interest during camp:

• The quarterback play of Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner. Leinart is the starter heading into camp.

• The attempt to build depth on a defense that wore down because of injuries last season.

• The switch of Antrel Rolle from cornerback to safety and the impact of rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, if and when he signs.

The Cardinals are scheduled for 30 practices during their four-week stay in Flagstaff, including the annual “red and white” outdoor practice set for 11:15 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. on Aug. 2. The practice will be preceded by a full-team autograph session and conclude with a live goal-line session.

The Cardinals also will have Wednesday night practices on July 30 and Aug. 13 from 7:05 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at Lumberjack Stadium on Northern Arizona’s campus. All other practices in Flagstaff will be held on the grass fields east of Walkup Skydome. In the event of inclement weather, they will be moved inside the Skydome.

Cardinals players and coaches will be available after each practice to sign autographs as they come off the field.

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