Patrick Peterson getting 'comfortable' playing with injured ribs

TEMPE, Ariz. -- After his first practice since injuring his ribs Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said Thursday he began to figure out how to play with his new injury.

Turning and torquing his body will be Peterson’s toughest challenges the rest of this week and Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, he said. Peterson said it will affect him the most at the line of scrimmage, where he gets his leverage.

“I just have to get comfortable with the injury on both sides because I don’t know where I’ll be,” Peterson said. “So today was the first day out there with the injury, but for the most part [it] felt pretty good and I’ll be ready to go Sunday.

“Probably the most challenging thing about it is trusting that it’ll be OK in a game when I have to press.”

Peterson said his injury has been “pretty painful” but he said he “got a little help to relieve the pain.”

Peterson was one of three players to get upgraded in Thursday’s practice.

Left tackle Jared Veldheer was upgraded to limited and left guard Mike Iupati was upgraded to full.

Veldheer returned to practice Thursday with a paddle on his right hand to protect a fractured finger he suffered against the Seahawks. Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin wasn’t sure how the paddle would affect Veldheer but said he thought the biggest impact would be in pass protection.

“[In] most of our protections, we’ve got guys sliding one way or another so we should get a little bit of help that way. But other than that, he’s going to be on his own. He’s got to hold up.”

Goodwin said Cardinals trainer Tom Reed plans to modify Veldheer’s cast so it will allow him to play with an open palm, which will permit Veldheer to punch with his injured hand.

“He’s got to be real disciplined as far as how he’s setting, getting his hands where he needs to be,” Goodwin said. “He should be fine.”

Tight end Darren Fells (ankle), wide receiver Michael Floyd (hamstring), linebacker Alex Okafor (calf) and defensive tackle Ed Stinson (toe) did not practice Thursday. Cornerback Justin Bethel (foot), wide receiver John Brown (hamstring), cornerback Marcus Cooper (foot), linebacker Gabe Martin (knee) and quarterback Carson Palmer (hamstring) all were limited.