Now in his fourth NFL season, Kenny King has played in 11 games and undergone three wrist surgeries. All he wants is one more chance to play in the NFL.
So the defensive tackle — whom the Cardinals re-signed this week after cutting him prior to the season — isn’t harboring any expectations.
“I was going to do what I had to do to get back into the league,” said King, who added he would consider playing in NFL Europe.
“I think I am a good player if I can stay healthy. I just have to prove I can stay healthy.”
That’s a big if. King’s right wrist has all but derailed what looked like a promising career. King first hurt the wrist early in training camp in 2004 and later was forced to have surgery after trying to play with it in a preseason game.
King then reinjured the wrist early in 2005’s camp, missing the season. Earlier this year, King broke his hand in part because of a plate he had inserted into the wrist. Surgery to remove the plate all but removed King from the Cards’ plans.
“He has had some tough luck as far as injuries,” coach Dennis Green said.
The Cards and King had to wait 11 weeks — the length of his injury settlement — before he could return. He was a free agent and could have signed anywhere, but he also had been told by the Cards they wanted him back if defensive line injuries occurred.
Backup quarterback Kurt Warner looked more like a receiver at practice Wednesday when he was sporting gloves on his hands — except he was throwing passes as normal.
It turned out Warner is looking for ways to help his ball-handling after fumbling 10 times in his four starts.
“There have been people that have made the insinuation that maybe because of my (past) hand injuries, that has something to do with my fumbles,” Warner said. “So I was like, ‘Let’s try the glove.’ ”
The gloves are sticky, Warner said, which helps. He added he felt he was still able to throw the ball.
At this point, however, Warner emphasized it is only a test.
“I don’t know if there is any relevance to the theory or not but I thought, ‘Let’s give it a shot.’ ” Warner said.
Green said defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy remains about a week away with his ankle sprain. Linebacker Brandon Johnson (illness) and running back Marcel Shipp (ribs) were the other players who missed practice. ...
The Cards signed fullback John Bronson and receiver Greg Lee to the practice squad. Bronson was cut Monday from the regular roster; Lee was with the team in training camp.