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.
He had X-rays and an MRI exam in Phoenix. The team said no
results would be available until Wednesday because orthopedist
Russell Chick, who ran the tests, also operated on running back
Marcel Shipp's broken left leg Tuesday.
Coach Dennis Green said Boldin's knee locked up while he was in
the early stages of preparing to practice.
"He wasn't running or anything," Green 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."
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 and has been wearing a
protective boot. He is about three weeks away from going full
"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 on my side."
Nate Poole, another wide receiver, took the optimistic approach.
"We know that the medical staff will take care of that, and we
just have to get Anquan back," Poole said.
The Cardinals lost Shipp on Friday with a dislocated ankle and
the broken bone, which was diagnosed later.
Green said Saturday it would take Shipp two to three months to
recover from surgery to insert pins into his fibula. The coach
wanted to wait and see how Shipp progresses before deciding whether
to place him on injured reserve, a designation that would end the
fourth-year ball carrier's season.