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Posted: Thursday, January 8, 2009 6:48 pm | Updated: 2:31 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Adrian Wilson missed the week of practice before the Cardinals hosted the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 5.

That normally would mean a missed game, as Ken Whisenhunt does not believe somebody should play without practicing.

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But before the game, Wilson felt OK to play. Because he's a veteran, Whisenhunt allowed him to play and Wilson enjoyed an outstanding game.

With Anquan Boldin now struggling with a sore hamstring, "I could potentially see it being a very similar situation," Whisenhunt said of Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game at Carolina.

"(Wilson) had a huge impact on the game. Hopefully it will be the same situation with Anquan."

Boldin reiterated that he'll test his sore hamstring before the game "and see how it feels."

"If I played any other position, it would be fine," he said. "But as a receiver, you have to run on every play."

Boldin and tight end Ben Patrick didn't practice today.

The Cardinals would likely start Stephen Spach, who played a big role in the win over Atlanta, at tight end, then choose Patrick and/or Leonard Pope as the backup.

How many tight ends the Cardinals activate for the game depends in part on Boldin's status.

CARDINALS RALLY

A rally will take place at 8:45 a.m. Friday at Sky Harbor International Airport as the Cardinals depart for North Carolina to play the Panthers.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, Whisenhunt, players and cheerleaders will be present.

Parking opens at 7 a.m. on Buckeye Road, one block east of 24th Street, and fans can walk across the street to the rally. Gates open at 7:30 a.m.

The Cardinals will host a viewing party during Saturday's game at Cadillac Ranch in Tempe Marketplace beginning at 5 p.m.

The event will feature cheerleaders, giveaways and other promotions.

TRAVEL PLANS CHANGED

For East Coast games, the Cardinals normally travel two days in advance.

This week, though, they're flying Friday; they're set to arrive at their hotel around 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Considering that the Cardinals went 0-5 in the East, Whisenhunt figures the switch can't hurt.

"We don't really have anything to lose based on what we've done to this point."

Plus, the game doesn't start until 6:15 p.m., so the Cardinals will have more than 24 hours to adjust to the time change.

GETTING WARMER, WETTER?

Cold weather shouldn't be a problem Saturday night, but rain might be.

The forecast has warmed up considerably from earlier in the week; the high is now pegged at 59 degrees, up from 52.

But the chance of rain has gone up to 60 percent from 40 percent.

WARNER UP FOR AWARD

Kurt Warner is among three candidates for the FedEx quarterback of the year.

Fans can vote by logging onto NFL.com/FedEx. Voting goes until 10 a.m. Jan. 23.

PINNING THEM BACK

The Cardinals have had a revolving-door situation at punter ever since they dumped Scott Player in August 2007.

Perhaps they've finally found their guy in Ben Graham, who spent most of his career playing Australian Rules Football, judging by his punting against Atlanta.

In making the change in the middle of the season, "We said that, in the playoffs especially, field position is such an important aspect," Whisenhunt said. "That's what really helped us out in this last game."

Graham booted four punts inside the 20-yard line, three inside the 10.

"When you're battling against field position all day, it makes it very difficult for offenses to be successful," Whisenhunt said. "It was a huge part of the game."

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