Tag:Tim Hightower
Posted on: September 19, 2010 11:27 am

Reports: Beanie Wells not dressed, 'likely' out

Posted by Will Brinson

Beanie Wells, for the second straight Sunday, is the most watched player before the games kick off -- it's mainly because of fantasy football, but everyone wants to know if Beanie's playing.

It seems -- given multiple reports -- that he will not play against the Atlanta Falcons, and Tim Hightower will get most/all of the Cardinals carries.

Will Carroll (a.k.a. "The Injury Expert") reports on Twitter that Wells is "not dressed, per sources" and "likely out."

Knox Bardeen of FanHouse tweets that Wells is "walking around sweat pants and a t-shirt and doing nothing to test his knee." Bardeen also notes that Wells is "talking to people [and] generally acting casual."

None of these things -- Carroll's report, Beanie not testing his knee, and Beanie wearing sweatpants -- are good news for the Arizona Cardinals (or Beanie's fantasy owners, grrr) as it sure seems like there'll be another week-long wait to see if Wells can really turn the Arizona offense into a high-powered running game.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 12:04 pm

Hot Routes 9.18.10: Haley hates your fantasy team

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a morning (well, close to it in this case) collection of stuff for you to read. In this case, while you watch football. Send suggestions to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) and if you're nice we'll include them.
  • Todd Haley is totally aware of your fantasy football team. He's also totally aware that you spent much of Monday night (and will spend much of Sunday) screaming at him for playing Thomas Jones as much as Jamaal Charles (and at Jones for even existing). And you know what? He doesn't care .
  • Here's a nice little story about how the Browns are familiar with the Chiefs defense. But it's much, much more valuable reading for the quote from Eric Mangini about the time he lived in the same house with Romeo Crennel and they were both really, really fat .
  • Chad Ochocinco is on a Dwight Schrute "black Bears are best" type of Twitter rampage, hitting up some "facts." My favorite ? #fact I will smashed by Ray Lewis at some point in the game, i will jump as usual n continue to talk shh, why? I ain't got no sense #shrugs
  • BShrout of Mile High Report takes a gander at "Yards Per Point" and how it's relative to a team's long-term success. (As in, over the course of a season, if a defense forces teams to require more yards per point, their opponents won't score as many points. Or, if an offense requires lots of yards per point, they're unlikely to score as often. I think that's what happening -- either way, good stuff.
Posted on: September 17, 2010 11:04 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 11:13 pm

Beanie Wells a gametime decision

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Cardinals RB Beanie Wells, who’s been out with a knee injury, is listed as questionable on the official NFL injury list. According to the team’s official website, Wells will be a gametime decision, but it doesn't sound real promising,

Writes Darren Urban: “Like the last two weeks, he has done so little, it’s hard to believe he would be much help even if he would be able to play. Now that Jason Wright had all week to practice, however – added in with Tim Hightower and LaRod Stephens-Howling – I would think the Cards can deal with it if Beanie is a no-or-little-go.”

I watched much of last week’s Cardinals-Rams game, and Stephens-Howling (seven carries, 49 yards plus a 27.3 kickoff return average) looked pretty impressive to me. Hightower was OK, minus the two fumbles he lost, though coach Ken Whisenhunt said he wasn’t in danger of losing playing time (of course Whisenhunt also thought Wells would be OK by Game 2, and that doesn’t look like it’ll happen).

And while we're talking about Hightower, here's an interesting story from the Arizona Republic regarding his thoughts on his fumbles.

Said Hightower: "My job is to hold on (to) that football. My job is to make plays. My job is to run the football and be successful at it ... You can try to analyze it, try to break it down, slow it down, rewind it, pause it and do all that stuff. But at the end of the day you've got to find a way to get it done."

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 9:47 am

Hot Routes 9.14.10: Paging Ken Whisenhunt

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Browns QB Jake Delhomme will undergo an MRI as early as today to determine the extent of an ankle injury suffered against the Buccaneers. Apparently, he hurt himself in the first half but powered through the pain to complete the game.

- Ines Sainz, the object of the recent affection/alleged misogyny by the Jets, says she doesn’t plan to sue the club. This article is behind a paywall on the Newsday website, but hey, the headline is enough to cause a little bit of relief for the Jets. Even if she would have had no chance in hell of winning any kind of judgment.

- Another twist in the Logan Mankins-Patriots contract debacle has appeared. Although an ESPN report came out Sunday saying the two sides were close to an agreement, only to be thwarted when Mankins refused to publicly apologize to New England owner Bob Kraft, Kraft said that simply isn’t true. “That is a bold-faced fib,” Kraft told WEEI. “We never had a deal with Logan.”

- Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt talked to RB Tim Hightower about securing the ball and, you know, not fumbling so much. That’s probably a good idea, because Hightower – who already has a reputation for putting the ball on the ground – lost two more fumbles Sunday.

- Despite a poor performance against the Saints, Minnesota owner Zygi Wilf still believes the pieces are in place for the Vikings to win a Super Bowl. Perhaps, Whisenhunt needs a come-to-Jesus chat with Wilf after he’s done talking to Hightower.

- Where is Jeff Feagles when you need him? The Giants fans would like to know after watching punter Matt Dodge endure another performance in which the rookie struggled to, um, punt the football very well.

- Neither the Jets nor the Giants sold out their season openers in the New Meadowlands Stadium. In part, you can blame the expensive personal seat licenses.
- There was as kerfuffle before the Patriots-Bengals game when a fan needed immediate medical attention. The Patriots said today that the fan, whose name has not been made public, has died.

- Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco took Patriots fan Will Ditullo to dinner where the two talked about sports and about life in general.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 3:03 pm

Beanie Wells officially inactive for Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

Beanie Wells, the Cardinals starting running back, is inactive for the team's game against the Rams on Sunday afternoon.

Wells had been considered "probably doubtful" (or some such term) for most of the week with a knee injury that's been called at times a "bruise" and at others a "sprain." Clearly the injury is worse than a "bruise" if he's being held out of the game, although the news that he won't play is hardly shocking.

It is pretty tough for the Cardinals, however, who will have to lean heavily on Tim Hightower ... or Derek Anderson. (So, yeah, Tim Hightower.)

Wells being out is also a tough blow for fantasy owners, who should have watched Fantasy Football Today (it starts at 11 AM every Sunday!) in order to figure out who to start instead of Wells.

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 5:27 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 5:31 pm

Tim Hightower: running back/author

Writing a book takes up so much of your time. It takes your leisure time and your sleep time, and until you finish those last few words and close the laptop, it takes your soul. In part, that’s why when Cardinals RB Tim Hightower was approached about writing a book for young people coping with life, he originally didn’t think he could fit it into his schedule.

T Hightower (Getty Images) Fast forward two years, and his book, entitled “Faith and Football” is nearly complete. In this Arizona Republic piece , Kent Somers writes that editors are making their final cuts and will soon start shopping it to publishers.

Hightower collaborated on the book with Dr. Aleta Richards, a counselor at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., where the two first met.

From the article:

In Hightower, Richards saw exceptional intellect, talent and generosity. In Richards and her husband, Bob Ellis, Hightower found friends and mentors. When Hightower overcame long odds to make it in the NFL, Richards thought the lessons Hightower learned along the way could benefit others.

The book is about "taking hits," Richards said, but not the football variety.

"We distinguish between physical hits and social hits, which are more when people hurt your feelings, as opposed to your body," she said. "In high school, these take the form of being rejected, insulted or having people start rumors about you. They are the things that make life difficult for young people."

At first, Hightower wasn’t interested in participating. But Richards kept pursuing the idea, and eventually, he agreed.

"When I was a kid, I had the concept that athletes and actresses and actors lived in their own world, their own cities, their own towns," he told the paper. "You put people on a pedestal. (After removing the metaphorical pedestal), they enjoyed sharing your successes, your struggles, points where you've learned, your mistakes," Hightower said. "They like that. It helps them and it helps you as well."

--Josh Katzowitz

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