Rams-Cardinals reflections as Wells returns

Fourth-year running back Beanie Wells had 76 yards rushing through three games this season when a toe injury landed him on the Arizona Cardinals' injury list.

The team plans to activate Wells this week, just in time to face the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 12. Wells rushed for a career-high 228 yards in his most recent game against the Rams. That was in Week 12 last season.

Much has changed for both teams since then. The Rams have a new coaching staff and more victories through 10 games -- three, plus a tie -- than they managed all of last season. They have a healthy starting quarterback and a healthier team overall. The Cardinals aren't as healthy this time around.

Much also remains the same for these teams.

Arizona was 3-7 entering the Week 12 matchup in 2011. The team is 4-6 this time. Last year, Wells' performance and a Patrick Peterson touchdown return helped the Cardinals bounce back from a dispiriting defeat at San Francisco. They held off the Rams, 23-20, on their way to winning five of their final six to finish 8-8.

The Rams, after that Week 12 defeat in the Edward Jones Dome, failed to win another game last season. They finished 2-14.