The Arizona Cardinals placed running back Beanie W

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals placed running back Beanie Wells on the “injured reserve/designated for return list” Wednesday. The move was made after Wells left last Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a turf toe injury at University of Phoenix Stadium. The beauty of the Cardinals’ roster is that they kept four running backs since training camp and today they re-signed Alfonso Smith who was with Arizona last season and through camp this year as well. The others are Ryan Williams, LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img 0 Comments   Share   All backs are familiar with the game plan and the team, so it should be an easy transition. Quarterback Kevin Kolb has no doubt second-year player Ryan Williams can handle the load as the feature back. “We all know that he can. He has the ability to,” Kolb said. “I thought he had a nice ending to the game last week to build his confidence and he’s working hard, even today, to make sure that he’s up to date on everything and sharp with everything mentally.”Williams has 31 carries on the season for 105 yards, but has yet to score a touchdown. The former Virginia Tech star has shown flashes of brilliance, but that doesn’t mean that Wells being out of commission isn’t still a loss for the Cardinals. “Oh it’s huge,” said Kolb. “He’s a big part of our team and he’s a nice counter to the rest of our backs, you know the way he runs and a leader. He’s stepped up as a big leader the last year and a half so I know other guys will step up but it is a huge loss.”Wells has recorded 29 carries for 76 yards this season. Under the new NFL rule, each team is allowed to designate a player to be placed on the IR/designated for return list. That means Wells will be allowed to return to practice after six weeks and will be able to play in a game after eight weeks. Wells will be eligible to practice starting November 7 and can see some action November 25 against the St. Louis Rams. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more