Boldin's nose broken in live scrimmage
No timetable on receiver's return
Odeen Domingo and Kent Somers
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 5, 2005 12:00 AM

PRESCOTT - Wide receiver Anquan Boldin suffered a broken nose when rookie free agent safety Aaron Francisco tackled him Thursday at Pioneer Field.

After catching the ball during a live scrimmage, Boldin might have thought it was the end of the play and began to slow down. That's when Francisco came up for the tackle, wrapping his arms around Boldin.

One of Francisco's hands went in between the space of Boldin's helmet and face mask and hit his nose. Boldin was bleeding and was taken back to the team's training room at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, just a short drive from the field.

Boldin will stay in Prescott. Cardinals coach Dennis Green said the team doesn't know how long he will be out.

"We'll set it (Boldin's nose) back in place and determine how to protect it," Green said.

Boldin, who signed a lucrative four-year contract extension Sunday, is no stranger to injuries in training camp. He injured his knee during last season's training camp and missed the first six games of the season. His broken nose isn't expected to keep him out too long.

"I know guys who come back and play with it," Green said. "As soon as it happens, you get it fixed then determine the time frame and the certain protection. Guys like Rip (Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton) in the NBA, it's (face mask) like his good-luck charm. He started wearing that two years ago. And he can still throw down those jumpers. It doesn't bother him at all. It (protection for Boldin's nose) might just be a different face-mask bar. It might be some other kind of protection."

Charles Lee and Lawrence Hamilton split time with the first-team offense in place of Boldin for the rest of the morning practice.


A big sigh

Tight end Eric Edwards is expected to miss two to three weeks after a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a tear in his right pectoral muscle.

Edwards, however, was relieved because there was some concern that the injury was worse and might cause him to miss significant time, perhaps the whole season.

"That was the best thing that could have happened," he said. "It could have been a lot worse. They thought it was a lot worse until they got the MRI."

Edwards has had a rough camp. He suffered cramps as a result of dehydration on the first two days of camp. He lost 12 pounds the first day and received fluids intravenously. He suffered the pectoral injury Wednesday.

Rookie Adam Bergen replaced Edwards in the starting lineup.


Taking precaution

Green said the initial reports on defensive tackle Kenny King's right wrist, the same one he injured last season, were promising. Green said King wants to be careful and will have the doctor who did the surgery on his wrist last year take a look at it. King figures to play an important backup role this season.