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Posted: Tuesday, August 8, 2006 12:21 pm | Updated: 2:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Boldin, Clancy banged up: It looked scarier than it apparently was when a pair of starters, receiver Anquan Boldin and defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy , sat out most of the last half of Monday morning’s workout and the afternoon session.

Boldin experienced some tightness in his hamstring and Clancy was hindered by a slight groin pull he suffered last week, but coach Dennis Green said that neither ailment was “anything real serious.”

That wasn’t the only good news on the injury front. Offensive tackle Oliver Ross underwent surgery on his knee Monday morning in New York. The operation was smaller in scale than the Cardinals had feared and Green said Ross could be back in three to five weeks.

Despite the news, Green said the team may still sign another offensive lineman.

The team is still waiting for the swelling in the hand of defensive tackle Kenny King to subside, but Green said he shouldn’t need surgery since the injury was to his hand, not his troubled wrist. He will wear a protective device on the hand when he returns to action.

When asked about the possible return of linebacker Karlos Dansby from a

thumb injury, Green said, “I don’t have any indication.”

Navarre preparing: Practice time lost by Matt Leinart has been practice time gained by quarterback John Navarre, and all indications are he’s taking advantage.

“He’s getting a lot more work than he would get if Matt was here and he’s done a pretty good job,” Green said. “He had a good day Saturday in the (mock game) and he’ll get most of the work this week.”

The former seventh-round pick out of Michigan has appeared in just two games in his first two seasons in the league. He started but didn’t finish due to injury in a game against the Lions as a rookie and he appeared in relief of injured Kurt Warner and ill Josh McCown last year against the Texans.

He completed 14 of 24 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown with one interception against Houston. If called upon this fall, he hopes to improve on those numbers thanks to the extra work he’s gotten in offseason workouts and in the preseason.

“Those two times when I got in the game I was third string and it’s tough to get (practice repetitions as a third-stringer) in this league,” Navarre said. “It was at the drop of a hat both times. This year with more reps, I believe I’ll be much more prepared.”

TODAY AT CAMP

The Cardinals will practice at 8:45 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. The afternoon session will be special teams only.

INJURY REPORT

Still out: RB James Hodgins (physically unable to performknee), DE Anton Palepoi (PUPshoulder), LB Karlos Dansby (thumb), RB Roger Robinson (toe), T Oliver Ross (knee), DL Kenny King (hand), DT Tim Bulman (back), G Rolando Cantu (knee)

CAMP DIARY

The Northern Arizona football team kicked off its own preseason camp over the weekend and spent Monday afternoon working out on a field near where the Cardinals were practicing.

The proximity of the two fields caused a bit of confusion a few seasons ago as the Cards prepared to host an exhibition game against the Chargers. When the blue- and yellow-clad Lumberjacks took the field for a workout, one reporter wondered aloud why the Chargers had chosen to hold their practices in Flagstaff rather than in San Diego.

SPOTLIGHT ON...

Jon Lewis

Ht.: 6-1; Wt.: 312; Pos.: DT

Age: 22

Role: Backup defensive tackle

How he got here: After racking up 203 tackles in a four-year career at Virginia Tech, Lewis was picked in the sixth round of the 2006 draft to provide depth along the defensive front.

Ironman: Lewis started the final three games of his true freshman season at Virginia Tech and never went back to the bench. He ended up starting 42 straight games for the Hokies.

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