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    Boldin insists he'll be ready to play Oct. 31
    Tim Tyers
    The Arizona Republic
    Oct. 19, 2004 12:00 AM

    Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin and coach Dennis Green slightly disagree over Boldin's anticipated return, although the difference might be more a case of subterfuge than fact.

    Boldin has been sidelined since Aug. 11, when he underwent surgery during training camp to repair torn meniscus in his right knee.

    Green, who plays his injury cards close to the vest, said Monday that Boldin's return on Nov. 7 in a game at Miami is a "legitimate goal," but Boldin countered by saying a more likely target date is Oct. 31 at Buffalo.

    Boldin didn't practice with the team Monday in preparation for Sunday's game at Sun Devil Stadium against Seattle. But he did do the next best thing on the adjacent practice field, which was to go through a rigorous rehabilitation routine from the start of practice to its end.

    "That was impressive," Green said. "Miami is a legitimate goal we have set, and if we have to move it up a week, that would be a possibility. This will be the first week he goes out on the field, helmet in hand, for walk-through drills with the team. He's anxious. I know he wants to play."

    Boldin left little doubt about that fact on Monday.

    "My goal is Buffalo in a week, and that's what we've been training for," Boldin said. "I've been testing it for more than a week now. I actually got out last week and ran routes for (quarterback) Josh (McCown), so I'm comfortable with where I'm at right now."

    Green said that how much and how hard Boldin practices in the week following the Seattle game will be predicated on how he performs in walk-through drills this week.

    Boldin insisted he won't need more than a week of practice, and that if he plays, it wouldn't be unfair to expect him to perform like the Boldin who caught a rookie-record 101 passes last season and was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

    "It's not unfair, because that's what I'm expecting," Boldin said. "I wouldn't come back if I wasn't healthy. I'm looking to go out there and make plays.

    "I'm comfortable with that (a week's practice). I've had numerous weeks of working on it, and a lot of it has been football specific. One week of practice - actually, one week of official practice - and I'll be more than comfortable."

    One who is more than an interested observer is rookie receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has been the subject of double teams without Boldin's presence in the lineup.

    "He'll make life easier for everyone on the offense," Fitzgerald said. "He's going to bring a winning attitude and add another huge weapon to this offense. I don't know what to expect, personally, because I've never played with him.

    "I'm going to watch what he's doing and try to pick up on it. Whatever he was doing last year was a great thing, so I'll just try to follow his lead."

    Boldin, who sat out his junior season at Florida State after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, said his rehabilitation has gone much easier and he has no trepidation about testing his knee.

    "The way I feel right now, if I'm going to get hurt, I'm going to get hurt," he said. "I have no problem with going out there and playing football. If something happens, it happens, but I'm not worried about it."

  • #2
    Re: Boldin wants a Halloween return

    That's good news for me...I have Fitzgerald on my fantasy team and this should reduce some of the double coverages he sees on a regular basis.
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    • #3
      Re: Boldin wants a Halloween return

      Should be cool to see him in Buffalo a couple weeks. I don't see him having a great first game, especially against the Bills' defense, but I hope he turns it up after that.


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      • Nick
        Boldin likely out until October
        by Nick
        Doctors find more significant tear in surgery
        Wednesday, August 11, 2004
        Associated Press

        FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin, last season's offensive rookie of the year, underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday and could be sidelined at least eight weeks.

        Coach Dennis Green initially said an MRI found "a slight tear" in the cartilage and thought Boldin would be able to return within two weeks. But during the procedure, doctors found and repaired a more significant tear, Green said.

        "We are looking at what is typically an eight- to 12-week injury," Green said about the length of Boldin's rehabilitation.

        That means Boldin, Arizona's only Pro Bowl player last year after setting an NFL rookie record with 101 catches, may not be back until at least early October -- a severe blow to Green's plan to juice up the offense. Two of the three young receivers who figured to start in his preferred three-wideout set are injured.

        One of them, Bryant Johnson, had a boot removed which he wore for more than a month to protect the stress fracture in his right foot. Johnson, last year's first-round draft pick, planned to begin full-speed running within two weeks and return to action soon.

        Larry Fitzgerald, drafted No. 3 overall this year, has been practicing the routes of all three receiving positions, and quarterback Josh McCown said backups have been impressive in camp.

        "Bryan Gilmore can step in there, Karl Williams can step in there, Nate Poole," McCown said. "We've got guys that can step up and play. Jason McAddley has started in the NFL before, so we've got guys that have played. It's not like in the past where we've been so young in depth."

        Boldin missed his junior year at Florida State because of reconstructive surgery on a tendon in his left knee.

        This time, his knee was sore Monday and he sat out the always intense morning practice. On Tuesday, he was warming up for practice when his knee locked up and he was carted from the field.
        -08-12-2004, 01:05 AM
      • Nick
        CARDINALS - Boldin breaks nose in scrimmage
        by Nick
        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.

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        -08-05-2005, 02:41 PM
      • DJRamFan
        Cardinals receiver injures knee before practice
        by DJRamFan
        Aug. 10, 2004 wire reports

        FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin, the 2003 NFL offensive rookie of the year and the Cardinals only Pro Bowl player, injured his right knee Tuesday morning while loosening up for practice and was carted from the field.


        Boldin experienced soreness in the same knee Monday and sat out a morning practice but participated in an afternoon walkthrough.

        His tests results weren't immediately available.

        "His knee locked up on him, and so we're running some extensive tests," coach Dennis Green said after the first practice. "It's not locked up now."

        Green said the injury was freakish.

        "He wasn't running or anything," the coach said. "He was just actually not even hardly jogging, so I'm sure that something's going on inside, but we won't know until all the tests are done. They're running a different type of tests, since it is unusual."

        Anquan Boldin set a rookie record with 101 catches for 1,377 yards last year.(Getty Images)
        Last season, Boldin set an NFL rookie record with 101 receptions, had the most yards receiving (1,377) by a rookie since Houston's Bill Groman in 1960 and established a franchise rookie record with eight scoring grabs.

        "When you lose a guy like 'Q,' lose a Pro Bowl player, you lose a big piece of the puzzle," running back Emmitt Smith said. "We don't know what the situation is. I don't know if we lost him and how long we lost him for. It could be a matter of days."

        Boldin had reconstructive surgery on his left knee his junior season at Florida State. The injury reduced his draft value and allowed the Cardinals to pick him in the second round 37 places behind first-round selection Bryant Johnson of Penn State, another wide receiver and the 17th player taken last year.

        Johnson, who had 35 catches as a rookie, got a stress fracture in his right foot during summer workouts, has been wearing a protective boot and is about three weeks away from going full speed.

        Until Boldin and Johnson take the field, the featured wideout will be Bryan Gilmore, a backup who impressed Green in minicamps.

        "I wanted to contribute with him," Gilmore said about Boldin. "I'm going to contribute regardless, but I'd much rather have him and BJ and Fitz (rookie Larry Fitzgerald) on my side."

        Last weekend, the Cardinals lost running back Marcel Shipp with a dislocated ankle and broken leg, potentially a season-ending injury.

        Green said Saturday it would take Shipp two to three months to recover from surgery to insert pins to support his fractured left fibula. The coach wanted to wait and see how Shipp progresses before deciding whether...
        -08-11-2004, 11:54 AM
      • Yodude
        Anyone Who Thinks Boldin is "another TO" Should Read This
        by Yodude
        Boldin has earned benefit of
        By Jeffri Chadiha

        TEMPE, Ariz. -- This season's defining moment for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin wasn't his heated argument with offensive coordinator Todd Haley in Arizona's 32-25 win over Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game. It actually came in late September, when Boldin casually strolled into his team's locker room a couple days after New York Jets safety Eric Smith knocked him cold in a blowout loss on the road.

        Boldin didn't show any pain after undergoing surgery on a fractured facial bone. He didn't say much about spending the night in the hospital after being carted off the field in that game. He just wanted to get back to work as soon as possible, even though he'd be sidelined for two more weeks.

        That's why we all need to remember one important thing about Boldin as his confrontation with Haley still hovers over the start of Super Bowl week: There's a lot more to him than what we saw in that brief exchange. Whatever happened between Boldin and Haley ultimately proved to be inconsequential. It didn't stop the Cardinals from winning, and everyone around the team keeps referring to it as a nonissue.

        "It was something that was really minute," Boldin said. "But [the media] got a hold of it and tried to blow it up."

        Look, there are plenty of times when athletes try to downplay negative moments in ways that ring hollow. Grudges can still fester. Hard feelings usually linger. This, however, doesn't sound like one of those situations. As much material as Boldin gave the viewing public to work with Sunday -- and we also can't forget that he was the one who left the stadium in a hurry, supposedly so he could avoid the inevitable questions about the argument -- he's too well-respected in that locker room for anybody not to believe his words.

        It simply doesn't make sense that a player who cares so much about helping his team would suddenly turn petulant during the franchise's biggest moment. There's no question that Boldin was angry after being left on the sideline during the game-winning fourth-quarter drive. But he also has been through too much in Arizona for us to think he has turned selfish now. As Boldin said during a Thursday news conference, "I was mad because they took me out of the game. Any competitor would have the same reaction."

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        You really can't blame the man for his eruption. For one thing, Boldin has been with the Cardinals longer than most players on the roster. He has led with his pride, his toughness and a work ethic that still blows away teammates to this day. He also earned his third Pro Bowl nomination after spending a good share of the summer complaining about the lack of...
        -01-23-2009, 05:06 PM
      • Nick
        Cardinals' Shipp may be out entire season
        by Nick
        Injuries may sideline Shipp for season
        Kent Somers
        The Arizona Republic
        Aug. 8, 2004 12:00 AM

        FLAGSTAFF - Marcel Shipp's ankle injury is more serious than first thought, and there's a strong chance the backup running back is out for the season.

        Additional tests revealed a fractured left fibula that will require surgery. Shipp also suffered a dislocated ankle when he was tackled during Friday night's scrimmage.

        Doctors probably will have to insert pins to repair the fracture, coach Dennis Green said Saturday. Shipp won't be able to do much for two to three months at least, which would put his return into October, at the earliest.

        It's unlikely the Cardinals would keep a roster spot open for him that long. If he's placed on injured reserve, it would mean he's out for the season.

        "I think we'll just take our time and make sure he's on the mend," Green said, "and then we'll look at the rest of it later."

        The Cardinals have no plans to add a running back, Green said. Josh Scobey and Damien Anderson, both of whom joined the team in 2002, will compete for the No. 2 job behind Emmitt Smith. Rookie free agent Larry Croom has been impressive early in camp.

        "I'm just really sick to my stomach," Scobey said of Shipp's injury. "It's going to be pretty tough to fill those shoes."

        Anderson has the most experience, having played in 26 games since making the team as an undrafted rookie two years ago. He was involved in a serious car accident in January but has fully recovered.

        Scobey, a former sixth-round pick, returned kicks last year but has never carried the ball from scrimmage.

        "Josh and I have competed since we got here," Anderson said. "It's nothing new. Just being in this game, you are going to have to compete every year."

        Green wouldn't say if Scobey or Anderson had an edge for the job.

        "We don't have to worry about that right now," he said. "We've got guys who want to be good players. Right now we're just going to worry more about Marcel."
        -08-08-2004, 11:04 AM