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Feeding Beanie

Posted Sep 21, 2011

Notebook: Washington does not practice; Branch starting in Seattle

Running back Beanie Wells turns the corner for his touchdown run Sunday in Washington.

Beanie Wells gained 93 yards on only 14 carries Sunday in Washington, and would have liked to have surpassed 100 yards, since he has done that only once in his career and came close (90 yards) in the season-opener.

But Wednesday, the running back waved off the idea he should have ended up with a lot more attempts against the Redskins.

“Hey, the coaches know what they are doing,” Wells said. “They are calling the right plays.”

Wells did admit, though, he loves to get as many carries as he can get. “Without question,” he said.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt knows there are many watching his team wanting Wells to get a larger part of the workload. He hears from some of them too.

“I get a lot of emails, a lot of letters, a lot of questions, no matter what,” Whisenhunt said with a smile. “When we do a New England on somebody and put up 600 yards of offense then maybe you won’t (hear from fans), but that’s OK. I’m glad to get it. I’m glad that people care.”

That said, Whisenhunt added, every game is different how it plays out.

“Would we have liked to have gotten Beanie more carries? When he’s averaging his yards per carry, yes, but there are other things going on that fall into it that you have to take into consideration,” Whisenhunt said. “I like the progress we are making as an offense. … We can sustain some (more) drives. If we do, that will help with getting more carries.”

Wells was so close to 100 yards “I feel bad for the guy,” quarterback Kevin Kolb said. “We need to do that for him.”

That could come this week. Wells is off to the best start of his career, gaining 183 yards and averaging 5.7 yards an attempt. It makes sense the Cardinals would want to give him the ball.

“When you are a running back who likes carrying the ball and you are vocal about it, you are always going to have those questions,” Wells said. “When you have games when you almost have 100 yards, you are always going to have those questions.”

WASHINGTON REMAINS OUT; STEPHENS-HOWLING LIMITED

Linebacker Daryl Washington remained sidelined with his calf injury Wednesday, although he was the only Card not to practice. Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (hand) returned to limited work.

Wide receiver Chansi Stuckey and linebacker Paris Lenon were the only new additions to the injury list. Stuckey was limited with a hamstring problem. Lenon, who left Sunday’s game with an ankle sprain, actually is on the list with a groin injury, although he practiced fully Wednesday.

Tight end Jim Dray (pectoral) and wide receiver DeMarco Sampson (hamstring) were both limited.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he thinks wide receiver Sidney Rice (labrum) will finally be able to play this week.

BRANCHING OUT

There will be some familiarity along the Seahawks’ defensive line Sunday in Seattle, because former Cardinal Alan Branch has been starting at left defensive tackle for the team. Through two games, Branch has five tackles.

Branch signed with the Seahawks as a free agent. The Cardinals looked into retaining their former second-round pick.

“We needed another defensive tackle in the worst way,” Carroll said. “We saw in Alan a high end (potential). We saw a lot of plays that were special plays, even though he wasn’t playing a lot and wasn’t even a starter. We thought we might be able to develop him.

“He’s played a ton of plays for us. He’s hung in there. … He didn’t get off to a great start in his career, but we’re going to try and rejuvenate him.”

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