FLAGSTAFF - Anquan Boldin likely will undergo an MRI to check out a nagging hamstring problem.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the wide receiver has been working hard on the side during the team’s practices, and, “Everything seems OK except when he really opens it up.”
The Cardinals hope Boldin can test out the injury by the weekend.
At the same time, “You don’t want to run the risk of tearing it or further injuring it and spending more time out,” Whisenhunt said. “We’re being a little bit conservative.”
Also, a course of action could be announced in the next day or so on center Al Johnson’s sore knee. He could undergo a surgical procedure to clean out the knee or try rehab work.
“We hope it’s something we can rehab here so he can get back quicker. Obviously there’s something in there that’s irritating.”
The annual “Red and White” practice is set for 11:15 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. Saturday at the practice field just east of the Skydome.
The practice will be preceded by a full-team autograph session and conclude with a live goal-line session.
MILLER’S BUSY WEEK
Brent Miller’s job prospects changed quickly this week.
The tight end from Arizona State said a Cardinal scout called him a few days ago and said, “Are you in town? Are you healthy? Do you still want to play football?”
The answers were “yes” so Miller took a physical and drove up to Flagstaff on Monday for a workout with the team after practice. Then he got a room at the team’s dormitory.
“In the morning, they said, 'Here’s your contract, You’re on the Cardinals now. Here’s a playbook.’
“It all happened pretty fast.”
Miller had earlier gotten a workout in Atlanta.
“It went OK, but they signed somebody else.”
So, he was merely working out, “hoping somebody would call.”
The Cardinals did.
Now, maybe the Phoenix Desert Vista High product can follow his acclaimed brother Zach (who plays for Oakland) into the NFL.
“My brother and I used to go to ASU games, then we’d go to Cardinals games, too. I got to play for ASU. Now I get to play for the Cardinals. It’s pretty nice.”
Cutting the roster down to 53 players will be more difficult this year than last. Whisenhunt says he’s discussed this with his staff and players.
“It’s going to be hard to pick the 53-man roster this year just because there’s going to be decisions that will be very difficult. That’s a sign you’re improving as a team.”
The Cardinals signed free agent offensive tackle Kelly Butler to a one-year contract and released Thaddeus Coleman. Butler (6-foot-7, 320 pounds) has appeared in 23 NFL games with Detroit and Cleveland. ...
Offensive lineman Scott Peters was carted away with a knee injury during Thursday’s practice. The ex-Arizona State standout played on the practice squad last year.