IMPORTANT BUDDEN’S CALL
Security Budda Baker, like all Cardinals Pro Bowlers, got the news by calling owner Michael Bidville. Unfortunately, Baker was in the shower when Bidwill first called.
“I looked at my phone and saw Michael Bidwill call and I said,‘ Man, what did I do? “” Baker said. “‘I know I didn’t do anything, I hope I don’t have COVID, I don’t know why he (calls.)’ He tells me (information about the Pro Bowl), so it was definitely something like a ‘woosah’ moment. “
Defense coordinator Vance Joseph said Baker still has room for improvement as security, impressive considering Baker hasn’t turned 25 yet and has already made two Pro Bowls in position (and a third for special teams).
Baker has said on the field for the past six weeks or so, “there have been a lot of ’32, 32. 32 Mike, look 32. ‘” Baker’s uniform number is 32.
“I would definitely say a lot of teams are planning me,” Baker said.
EIGHT SITTING PRACTICES
The Cardinals had a bunch of players who didn’t train on Wednesday: Hopkins (no injuries), wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (groin), racing Chase Edmonds (ankle / knee), solid end Darrell Daniels (tendon), corner Dre Kirkpatrick (tendon) / calf ), narrow end Maxx Williams (ankle), center Mason Cole (no injuries) and quarterback Dennis Gardeck (knee).
Although coach Kliff Kingsbury hinted earlier this week that Gardeck would be a game decision, Joseph sounded more pessimistic when he spoke of Gardeck’s excellent play, saying, “We’re going to miss Dennis. Sure.”
Limited for the Cardinals were quarterback Haason Reddick (shoulder), nose accessories Domata Peko (no injuries), quarterback Kylie Fitts (knee tendon), guard Justin Pugh (calf) and guard Jalen Thompson (ankle).
At 49ers, defensive attack Javon Kinlaw (knee), defender Raheem Mostert (ankle), defender Nick Mullens (elbow), corner Richard Sherman (calf), wide receiver Deebo Samuel (knee tendon) and safety Jimmie Ward (concussion) are not ‘I don’t practice. Limited were defensive end Dion Jordan (knee), safety Tarvarius Moore (knee), center Hroniss Grasu (knee) and wide receiver Richie James (ankle).
ADD WIDTH RECEIVERS FOR PRACTICE
The Cardinals signed a pair of exercise receivers on Wednesday, adding Krishawn Hogan and Isaac Whitney. Whitney was part of Buccaneers ’training camp earlier this week. Hogan is a familiar face, he signed with the Cards as an unfinished rookie in 2017. He was with the Colts after the Cards released him.