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Arizona Cardinals’ Rob Housler Expected to Play Sunday Against New Orleans Saints

September 20th, 2013 at 5:14 AM
By Steve Smith

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Arizona Cardinals tight end Rob Housler is expected to finally suit up and play this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints in the Louisiana Superdome.

Housler, who led all Arizona tight ends in receptions and yards last season, has missed the first two games of the 2013 NFL campaign with a high ankle sprain. The Red Birds have missed him because using the tight end is an important part of head coach Bruce Arians' offensive scheme.

“If anything you’ve got to push it,” Housler told “You’ve got to trust it and go out there and play.”

He sure does. The Cardinals (1-1) will need all the offensive firepower they can muster because the 2-0 Saints have one of the most explosive offenses in the entire league, led by Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston. Not only that but if Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) can't go on Sunday, Housler's availability is even more vital to Arizona's attack.

Arians is curious how Housler's ankle will hold up in game action.

"It’s one thing running — he can run — it’s another thing pushing against big bodies with those ankles," Arians stated. "You never know how that’s going to turn out.”

Minter doubtful for New Orleans contest/Fitzgerald limited in practice

Rookie linebacker Kevin Minter, Arizona's second round pick in this year's NFL Draft, is doubtful for Sunday's game with the Saints due to a hamstring injury suffered against the Lions.

Elsewhere, Fitzgerald was limited in practice yesterday due to his sore hamstring and will most likely be a game-time decision on Sunday. At least he was back on the football field.

"We’ll take that day to day, " Arians said about Fitzgerald's situation.


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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Drew Brees, Football, Jimmy Graham, Kevin Minter, Larry Fitzgerald, Marques Colston, NFL, Rob Housler

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