O-line could be in store for changes

The Arizona Republic - - Azcentral Sports - BOB MCMANA­MAN

Ev­ery­one knows who’s go­ing to be car­ry­ing the football for the Car­di­nals on Sun­day when they meet the vis­it­ing Buc­ca­neers. But come game time, just who is go­ing to be block­ing for Adrian Peter­son?

It ap­pears there’s a de­cent chance the Car­di­nals could get two of their starters back on the left side of the line, tackle D.J. Humphries (knee) and guard Alex Boone (pec­toral strain). Both play­ers were listed as lim­ited in prac­tice on Thurs­day, but so were 10 others, in­clud­ing seven starters.

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Harold Good­win said Humphries and Boone each looked good in full pads. He stopped short of say­ing both will be ready to go against Tampa Bay, but coach Bruce Ari­ans sounded cau­tiously op­ti­mistic when he last met with re­porters on Wed­nes­day.

Good­win, mean­while, hinted there could be a change at right guard, where starter Evan Boehm has been strug­gling and has been flagged four times the past two weeks for hold­ing. Veteran Earl Wat­ford started at left guard last week against the Ea­gles and played well enough that Good­win said Wat­ford could take over for Boehm if the team needs to make a move.

“That’s been the thought process,” Good­win said. “Earl did good last week. He gave up a sack, but you’ve got to re­mem­ber the guy had a month off. He bat­tled. He did good in the run game. His lim­i­ta­tions came a lit­tle bit in 'pass pro' just be­cause it’s been a while. But Earl know knows the of­fense; he stepped right in and did a great job.”

Wat­ford, who spent the past four sea­sons with the Car­di­nals, was re­leased by the Jaguars just be­fore the start of this sea­son.

He said he could have played much bet­ter in the Philadel­phia game and wasn’t happy with how he per­formed over­all.

“I ex­pect much more out of my­self,” he said, adding of pos­si­bly start­ing at right guard, “I’m ready when­ever, what­ever they need. If I’m out there, I’m giv­ing ev­ery­thing I have. I spent a lot of years here and I want to keep go­ing. It’s ex­cit­ing. I’m ready to keep work­ing.”

Only one player did not prac­tice for the Car­di­nals on Thurs­day – de­fen­sive line­man Olsen Pierre (an­kle). Listed as lim­ited for a sec­ond straight day were corner­back Pa­trick Peter­son (quadri­ceps), re­ceivers John Brown (quadri­ceps) and J.J. Nel­son (ham­string), lineback­ers Kar­los Dansby (ham­string) and Josh Bynes (ham­string), tackle Jared Veld­heer (knee) and de­fen­sive tack­les Corey Peters (knee), Josh Mauro (el­bow), Xavier Wil­liams (shoul­der) and Robert Nkemdiche (calf).

For the Buc­ca­neers, de­fen­sive end Ryan Rus­sell (shoul­der) did not prac­tice and six others were listed as lim­ited: lineback­ers Kwon Alexan­der (ham­string) and Levonte David (an­kle), de­fen­sive end Robert Ay­ers (back), cen­ter Ali Mar­pet (ill­ness) and safeties Keith Tandy (hip) and T.J. Ward (hip).

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Dur­ing his last stint with the Car­di­nals, line­backer Kar­los Dansby claimed the league was cheat­ing him out of tack­les, specif­i­cally the amount of solo tack­les he was reg­is­ter­ing at the time. He didn’t make a huge stink about it but pointed out how it could wind up po­ten­tially cost­ing a player come con­tract time.

“It’s wa­ter un­der the bridge now,” he said the other day, only to add that he thinks it’s start­ing to hap­pen again.

“They haven’t been count­ing some of them, but I’m go­ing to force their hand, though,” Dansby said. “I’m go­ing to make sure they see me on that film and I’m go­ing to force their hand. They don’t have to count them now, but af­ter a while, you’ll have no choice but to count them.”

Dansby wouldn’t spec­u­late on how many tack­les he thinks he’s been short­changed over­all through five games this sea­son, but it’s in­ter­est­ing to note that NFL.com has him with 31 com­bined tack­les, ESPN has him with 32 and the Car­di­nals have him with 33.

“I’m not sure, but I’m fly­ing around, man. I’m try­ing to get to that ball and do my part,” he said. “If I’m there to make a tackle, I need to make it. Guys count on me to do that. We’re mak­ing sure we don’t let each other down.”

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