He was limited, but Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was back on the practice field Wednesday. Warner didn’t do team work, but he worked on all his drops, on twisting his body and on running with the ball, all things to test the health of his injured groin.
Coach Dennis Green feels confident enough that Warner will be ready by the time Arizona plays again Oct. 23 that he cut quarterback Rohan Davey Wednesday. And Warner sees no reason why he shouldn’t be OK by then.
"Even though I am not 100 percent, I feel I could go out and play today if need be," Warner said. "Now we have a week and a half with a lot of rest, there’s really no doubt in my mind . . . I will be in fine shape to play in some capacity."
That capacity hasn’t been determined yet, with Green still waiting to make the call between Warner or Josh McCown as his starter.
Warner said he is preparing like he will return to the starting lineup.
"I’ve been there before, but it’s out of my hands," Warner said. "You prepare like you will be playing. . . . You can’t let that (uncertainty) dictate how you work."
McCown, suffering from a head cold Wednesday, wasn’t in the mood to talk yet again of the lingering quarterback question.
"I’m not really concerned with it, to be honest with you," McCown said. "If they change, they change."
Not surprisingly, the rest of the team doesn’t want to touch the budding quarterback controversy either.
"Man, I don’t want no controversy," running back Marcel Shipp said with a laugh, before adding, "I stay out of that."
REVAMPING THE RUN
Green said the bye week will be used by Cardinals coaches to take a close look at the team’s stumbling run game.
"During a course of a season you have to be able to adapt," Green said. "We’ve probably had more negativeyard runs than anyone in the game."
Of the Cardinals’ 102 rush attempts by non-quarterbacks this season, 40 have been for zero or negative yardage. Eleven such attempts came in Sunday’s loss to Carolina. While the Cards have the NFL’s fourth-ranked offense overall, they are 30th in the league in rushing with their 74.4 yards a game.
That’s one of the reasons the Cardinals signed blocking fullback Jarrod Baxter Wednesday, filling a hole left when both James Hodgins and John Bronson went down with season-ending injuries.
Besides cutting Davey and signing Baxter, the Cards made a host of other roster changes Wednesday, including re -signing guard Jeremy Bridges and putting reserve offensive lineman Ian Allen (back) on injured reserve.
The Cards also put on IR linebacker Eric Johnson and safety Adrian Mayes — among the Cards’ better specialteams players — even though both expected to be healthy soon after suffering hamstring pulls.
The Cards also promoted safety Aaron Francisco from the practice squad and brought back linebacker Isaac Keys to the practice squad.
The Elias Sports Bureau changed a play from Sunday’s game, making the pass completion that receiver Anquan Boldin fumbled in the third quarter officially netting minus-7 yards rather than minus 11. It means Boldin was credited with four more yards receiving (now 162) and that quarterback Josh McCown had 398 yards passing, not 394.
It also means McCown’s 783 yards passing in back-to-back games tops the 782 Boomer Esiason threw for in 1996 (522 and 260) for the best two-game stretch in franchise history. . . .
Cardinals Charities will host its 12th annual charity dinner and auction on Oct. 21 at the Ritz-Carlton, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. The fundraiser will include a chance to meet Cardinals players and coaches. For information, call (602) 379-1840.