TEMPE, Ariz. -- With the Arizona Cardinals' bye week coming just four weeks into the season, it gives the team a chance to recover and regroup after three games.
During his Monday news conference following Arizona's 23-14 win against the San Francisco 49ers, coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals will focus on young players this week before preparing for Denver on Oct. 5.
"The big thing right now is to get some young players some action for depth," he said. "We will not wear pads but we've got to get some guys some work, (quarterback) Logan (Thomas) in particular, Coop (guard Jonathan Cooper), (guard) Earl Watford. Get some guys some quality snaps -- (defensive linemen) Ed Stinson, Kareem (Martin) and Alameda (Ta'amu), and all of those guys who are all in backup roles, get them some work and get them up to speed.
"I would love to have both days in pads but we just can't do it."
Rookie safety Deone Bucannon suffered a mild foot sprain and will probably miss this week and is expected to be ready next Wednesday, Arians said.
Cooper cannot win the starting left guard job back this week, Arians said.
Arians said it's tough to quantify how much better the offensive line is this year compared to last season. "I can't count that high," he said.
Arians hopes tight end Rob Housler will be back this week. He was inactive Sunday because of a hip injury.
Safety Tony Jefferson missed Saturday's walk-through because of the birth of his son, Tony Jefferson Jr. Jefferson's girlfriend is "in some bad shape right now after it," Arians said. Jefferson had a career-high 10 tackles Sunday. "We all have our prayers for her, but he did come out and have probably his best game yet."