GLENDALE, Ariz. – As he does every day during training camp, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians addresses the media after the morning walk-through. Here's a recap of what Arians discussed:
Arizona’s starters will not have a set snap count for Saturday’s game, Arians said. How long they play will be predicated on how well their opening series goes. Arians will approach this week in a similar way to how he did last Saturday against Houston.
Quarterback Ryan Lindley will play the entire second half in Minnesota, Arians said.
Arians said offensive linemen Max Starks and Anthony Steen are scheduled to return to practice Wednesday. The others – Jonathan Cooper (toe), Michael Floyd (groin), Ted Ginn (knee), Nate Potter (back) and Kevin Minter (pectoral) – are still day-to-day.
Wide receivers Floyd and Ginn may be game-time decisions in Minnesota, Arians said.
Arians said he doubts Cooper will “have a miraculous comeback” in time for Saturday’s game and he doesn’t want Cooper’s toe to swell to the point he can’t practice next week.
Arians said linebacker John Abraham will not report Wednesday.
Minter is still rehabbing his pectoral injury but it’s “really iffy” if he’ll play Saturday, Arians said.
Arians said wide receiver Dan Buckner is “like a coach out there. He’s always in the right spot.” That’s led to a developed trust between Buckner and Arians because the coach feels comfortable inserting Buckner into any of the Cardinals' wide receiver positions.
Arians is enjoying the success Logan Thomas had Saturday maybe more than Thomas. “I really enjoy all the guys who said he stunk coming out and should’ve been a tight end. They’re eating a lot of crow this week. So that’s fun.”
Arians said Earl Watford, who’s replaced Jonathan Cooper as the first-team left guard while Cooper is injured, looked “OK.” Arians added: “He’s looked OK. He had a couple yesterday that made you scratch your head.”
Arians said he heard from three or four teams that said they were about to draft rookie wide receiver John Brown had the Cardinals not. “They were all lying,” he said with a smirk.