Beanie is coming back.
The Arizona Cardinals should get a boost to lackluster offense when running back Beanie Wells makes his return off the injured reserve/designated to return list in time for this Sunday's home tilt with the St. Louis Rams.
Wells went down with turf toe in Week Three and has missed seven games with the injury. He has been practicing the last two weeks and appears to be all set and ready to go.
"Getting Beanie back will help," quarterback John Skelton told Yahoo Sports. "No offense to LaRod (Stephens-Howling) or William (Powell) or anything, but those guys are not pound it down the middle type backs like Beanie is. Beanie is a big body to bring down. We'll benefit greatly having him back and then have LaRod as a change of pace back will really help."
Stephens-Howling had a tremendous game against the Falcons yesterday, leading all rushers with a season-high 127 yards and a touchdown. He is, however, more suited to be a third down, pass receiving halfback due to his small frame (5-7, 185 pounds). Wells (6-2, 229 pounds), in contrast, is a much more powerful back that should have more success running between the tackles.
By the way, the jury is still out as to who will start at quarterback this weekend for the Red Birds – Kevin Kolb (chest, ribs) may not be ready to return yet. A healthy Skelton was benched in the second quarter against the Falcons for rookie Ryan Lindley. Neither impressed. Stay tuned.
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